<Become a Software
Developer />

12 week coding bootcamp.

Next Cohort - March 27th.

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<Our Promise />

In just 12 weeks, we’ll help you acquire the skills you need to excel as a Junior Developer. You’ll be ready to ace job interviews that we organise for you with our growing network of tech employers in the North.

From the moment you’ll apply, we’ll support you in preparing to get on the course.

Whilst on the course, you’ll receive monthly one-on-one sessions with a former Head of Global Recruitment of a Northern Tech company, to make sure that the non-technical aspects of getting you ready for work are covered. We’ll help you get your CV fighting fit, and we’ll prepare you for what to expect at each stage of the hiring process.

From the moment you graduate, we’ll provide tailored support until you’ve landed a role. Once you become a Northcoder, we’ve got your back until you move on to your next life challenge.

The price for the course - and everything else we offer - is £6,000.

<The Accelerate Program />

Weeks 1 to 3

First things first. With a solid fundamental understanding of the JavaScript language, you’ll be able to quickly pick up any new library or framework. Without it, you’ll struggle and everything will feel like magic you never fully understand.

We spend the first 3 weeks of the course focusing on ‘vanilla JS’ and improving your problem solving skills. There are many ways to do things with the language, and in particular we'll explore two fundamental paradigms in programming - functional & object-oriented programming.

Week 4 to 6

The next 3 weeks of the course focus on the front-end, specifically React and its ecosystem. This includes React, React-Router, Redux and Webpack. We also teach you SASS and front-end tooling.

React and Redux are firmly established in the ‘adopt’ section of Thoughtwork’s Tech Radar. Long and the short of it, one of the most highly respected agencies in the world now recommend it as their frontend framework of choice.

Weeks 7 to 9

Back-end comes next. During this three week block we cover Node.js, Express, MongoDB and SQL. We also work with cool third-party data sets and APIs.

There is a strong focus on various ways of dealing with asynchronous programming in this part of the course.

You'll deploy your applications to the cloud and be introduced to concepts such as staging and production environments, and best practices such as continuous integration.

Weeks 10 to 12

Accelerate is all about evidencing your ability to pick up new technology quickly, so that you hit the ground running whatever your next employer’s tech stack is. The best way to do that is to learn, and build with, a completely new language – Java.

Don’t be confused: Java & JavaScript are very different languages and you’ll be learning plenty of new programming paradigms over the course of the final 3 weeks, as well as an in-depth look at data structures and algorithms.

<Accelerate: JavaScript & Java - with development best practice at its core />

In the 21st Century every business is now a tech business. It’s impossible to overstate how important coding as a skill will be over the next decade.

We’ve designed our curriculum so that it is both exciting and relevant. We’ve had feedback from employers saying that the students they’ve hired bring a fresh perspective to their teams. We want to teach you skills that you’ll use to build your own apps at home. We firmly believe that if we can inspire you to do that, to play with code on your own time, you’ll tick two of the biggest boxes for employers – demonstrating a passion for what you do & being able to bring something to the table.

JavaScript is the most popular language in the world. At Northcoders you’ll use it on the front-end with cutting edge frameworks like React and to write fast, well-tested code on the back-end with Node.js. JavaScript allows you to build cross-platform apps with libraries like Cordova and React Native. You can even build desktop software with Electron. Our previous students have used all of these to build applications since graduating. JavaScript really is the ideal language to mess around and build things with – because it’s so flexible. Of course, it’s a hugely in-demand skill across the North.

If there’s any other language that could rival JavaScript for popularity, it’s Java. Most of the world’s legacy code is written in it, and many other languages are similar to it. In teaching Java at Northcoders, we want to give you a deeper understanding of programming and how it differs, both in syntax and paradigms, across languages.

Accelerate is about much more than programming languages though. It's about teaching design patterns, algorithms and data structures. It's about teaching you related skills like agile, version control, test-driven development and pair programming. It's about debugging and doing it really well. It's about working in a team - whether developing in pairs or working in larger groups. It’s about problem solving, thinking clearly and being able to go on to learn new technologies by yourself.

<A typical day at Northcoders />

8:30  Wake up!

Crack on with a challenging coding problem. You'll need to use all your skills and your initiative to reach a solution in just one hour.

9:30  Today's tech!

We introduce some new techniques or even a completely new library. Our curriculum is carefully structured so that you'll be building on the techniques you've already learnt.

10:45  Heads down!

Time to have a go at the day's tasks by yourself. This is your opportunity to start working the days problems on your own before you get paired with a team mate in the afternoon to really give it a go.

13:00  Lunch!

There's an in-house catering company at The Sharp Project. Fuel up for the afternoon and relax for a bit in The Campus playing pool, table tennis or table football.

14:00  Back to it!

We'll cover some more of the topics you'll need to complete the day's tasks before pairing you up and supporting you throughout the day as you learn by doing.

17:00  Wrap up!

We'll go over the day's task and answer any questions you still have. Some of you will head home after, others carry on into the evening & others still come to some of the tech meetups we're lucky to have in Manchester.

<A Life Changing Experience />

As much as anything else, Accelerate is about the friends you’ll make whilst on the course. If you’ve decided to embark on a career in tech, you deserve for those formative months to be special. Look back at the most memorable experiences of your life and guaranteed every single one is as much about the people you experienced them with than anything else.

We’re proud of the unique atmosphere we create in the classroom. Every cohort is different, but there’s a common thread that traverses all of them. People learn as much from overhearing something being explained to the person sat next to them, or from the tangents we sometimes go off on, or from chatting with other students about the problems they’re solving over lunch, as they do from the formal curriculum.

Ask any past or current student, and they'll tell you the support they get from each other is one of the biggest things about Accelerate. Simply put, there is no comparable experience to actually being here with other people like you.

<Northcoders is not our brand. Northcoders are our brand. />