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Everything you need to know about Northcoders

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we're postponing our courses until the Government advice allows us to reopen our campuses. You can still apply to Northcoders. Find out more here.

About Northcoders

What is it like being on a coding bootcamp with Northcoders?

A lot of fun! As you’d imagine of anything that is described as a ‘bootcamp’, it requires hard work and passion.

You will be taken out of your comfort zone on a daily basis, but by the end of it, you will be ready for a career as a software developer.

What type of students do you teach?

People like you. We have taught people who are mid-career and looking for a change, school leavers, recent graduates and also those looking to embark on a new career after having children.

Learning with such a diverse group of people is great for everyone. We all bring something unique to the mix.

Why choose the North?

Because it’s great here!

The affordability in comparison to London makes it the ideal place to study, live and work. It is a vibrant hive of creative, social and sporting activity not to mention the booming tech scene.

As reported by the FT, the Office of National Statistics and Tech City UK the region has recently seen the creation of nearly 300,000 digital jobs. Tech companies in the area are worth nearly £10bn to the value of UK economy.

Greater Manchester is the biggest single tech hub outside London. Many major digital businesses and organisations like the BBC, Sainsburys and Missguided are located in Manchester making it the perfect place to start your new tech career.

Can I come and visit?

Yes! If you want to meet the team or meet some current students, see the campus and get your questions answered, you can book a Campus Tour in Manchester here or in Leeds here.

How do I get to your Manchester campus?

Our Manchester campus is at Manchester Technology Centre with easy access by train, tram, bus or car. Find out how you can find us here!

How do I get to your space in Leeds?

We’re based at Platform with easy access by train, tram, bus or car. Find out how you can find us here!


What is coding?

Coding is the process of creating software, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, websites, games and much more. The programs on your computer, apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code.

Computers don’t understand words. So in order to communicate with them, programming languages like JavaScript were created. These languages are made up of words and numbers and when arranged in order they form a set of instructions. Coding in these languages tells your computer what to do.

How do I know coding is for me?

In just a couple of weeks you can get through a lot of freeCodeCamp and gain a good sense of whether coding is right for you.

Do as much coding as possible. If you enjoy it for the sake of it, it’s probably for you!

Do I need to be able to code before applying to study on a bootcamp at Northcoders?

No. We will help you get started once you've applied, so that you can make sure coding is for you.

Don’t forget – the main thing we’re looking for is a genuine interest in starting a career in tech, not pre-existing coding skills. If you feel you have that, you’re ready to apply to Northcoders.

Do I need to be good at maths?

No! To build websites and apps, thinking logically is far more important, and the maths you learn in school will see you through our course nicely.

Introduction to Programming

Who is Introduction to Programming for?

Introduction to Programming is for anyone who wants to get started with coding.

This course is also perfect for you if you are interested in applying for a Northcoders coding bootcamp in Manchester or Leeds, but want to make sure Northcoders is right for you first. If you decide to enrol on a Northcoders coding bootcamp afterwards, you'll receive a £100 discount.

What happens during the course?

The course is delivered as a mixture of short tutor-led sessions and project-based workshops, which you'll complete both by yourself and in pairs. Our tutors will introduce new concepts, and then you'll have the chance to put it into practice and explore the ideas you've just covered.

Do I have to complete this course to enrol on a Northcoders coding bootcamp?

No, absolutely not! We will guide applicants to our coding bootcamps through the basics, and help you get started. However, if you want to try out Northcoders before you apply, this is a great way to do so.

Why do you teach JavaScript?

Because it's fun, accessible for beginners, runs everywhere and is very in-demand with Northern employers! Find out more here.

Will I learn how to build a website?

No - this is a course about programming, rather than websites. The languages which build the structure of websites (HTML and CSS) aren't programming languages, and are easy to learn. Of course, if you are serious about building complex websites or becoming a web developer, you'll need to learn programming in-depth anyway, so this will lay the foundations.

Where is the course run?

In Manchester, our campus is at Manchester Technology Centre. Find out about how to reach us by train, tram, car or on foot here.

In Leeds, It's run from our space at Platform, right about the main train station. Find out about how to reach us by train, car or on foot here.

Will there be food?

Yes! There will be pizza and soft drinks, and there will always be vegetarian and vegan options. Remember to tell us about your dietary requirements when you buy your ticket!

Do I need my own laptop?

Yes, you need to bring your own laptop along.

Our Coding Bootcamps: The Developer Pathway

What time do your courses run each day?

Our courses run from 8:30am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Our campus remains open and support will be available until 6:00pm each day - but we'll never cover any new content after 5:00pm to allow those who need to leave to manage their other commitments to do so.

How many contact hours will I get?

You'll get a whopping 480 contact hours while you're at Northcoders. That's what you will need to fully prepare you for a career in tech.

Will I get a mentor?

Yes, and you'll spend 1-to-1 time with them throughout the course.

What's the student to tutor ratio?

As a minimum, for every seven students, there will be a tutor. So that's around 7:1.

How much experience do I need?

None. You can apply to our bootcamps with no prior experience (although you might enjoy getting started prior to application!) If you've never coded before, we will help you get started and help you discover whether it is right for you before you commit to the course, and support you every step of the way.

Do I need any qualifications to do these courses?

No. We're far more interested in what you want to achieve. This course is designed for people from any and all walks of life who are interested in starting a new career in tech, regardless of what you have done before.

Do I need my own laptop?

Yes. You’ll need to bring your own laptop for all of our courses. For our coding bootcamps, we recommend using either OSX running on an Apple Mac or the Linux Ubuntu operating system running on a PC laptop. If you have a PC laptop, we'll help you set that up for you.

Will I get a certification?

No. We offer an alternative to certifications - we offer to teach you the skills employers want. Complying with a framework means not being able to teach the skills our Hiring Partners tell us they want – and one of the best things about Northcoders is that we can update our courses straight away. We don't deny that courses such as Computer Science degrees teach important skills. If you want to gain highly detailed theoretical knowledge, our course isn't for you. If you want to become an effective software developer with a great understanding of workplace best practice, you're in the right place.

Is there an age limit?

We’ve taught students as old as 18 and as young as 56!

You need to be at least 18 years old on your chosen start date to enrol on our coding bootcamp.

How is the course structured?

The Developer Pathway is divided into four 3-week blocks. Within each block you'll learn a fundamental aspect of development.

How long is the course?

You'll graduate when you are ready. For the vast majority of students, the course will last between 12 and 15 weeks. At the end of every stage, if you're ready and we feel confident you've grasped your new skills, you'll move straight onto the next block. If we believe you need more time to consolidate your skills, you can repeat the block.

To give you an idea, around 60-80% graduate in 12 weeks, around 20-30% graduate within 15 weeks, with 5-10% graduating within 18 weeks.

How can repeating a block help me?

If you haven't fully grasped the contents of any block, you have the opportunity to iron out those wrinkles by having the luxury of extra time and tailored support – at no additional charge. This is at our discretion.

We will help you fill the gaps in your knowledge so that you don't have to worry about this after you graduate.

What are the next available dates for The Developer Pathway in Manchester?

The next available start date is March 2nd 2020.

The following start date is March 23rd 2020.

View more here.

What are the next available dates for The Developer Pathway in Leeds?

The next available start date is March 9th 2020.

The following start date is March 30th 2020.

View more here.

When will applications close for each start date?

Applications typically close 3-6 weeks prior to the start date depending on availability.

How far in advance should I apply?

It depends!

Need to get onto a cohort as quickly as possible? Then if you're already pretty confident with JavaScript syntax, depending on availability you could get onto a course within 3-6 weeks provided you are willing to put the work in and complete your Entry Challenge no longer than a week away from when you apply. If you're an absolute beginner, the minimum time it could take is 4-8 weeks, and you should complete your Entry Challenge within 10 days. However, places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so it is always advisable to apply ASAP if you are keen to get started fast.

No particular rush? Give yourself some breathing space! It's never too early, and we'll help you level up your code or get started when you apply. It takes most absolute beginners between 6 and 12 weeks depending on your other commitments, while someone who has done a bit of coding before could take 4-8 weeks. Remember, it is usually possible to defer to another cohort. Cohorts are sometimes full as many as 6 weeks in advance, so don't leave it until the last minute!

At what point can I officially reserve my place on a cohort?

You can reserve your place after you have passed your Entry Challenge. This is usually 1-3 weeks after you apply.

Getting your first Software Developer role after our bootcamps

How will you help get me a job after I finish the course?

At the end of your bootcamp journey, Northcoders provide all of the support you need to land your first tech job. From helping you perfect your CV, interview training and tech test practices right through to introducing you to the all-important company that hires you. We tailor all our post-course support to each individual, because it’s extremely important to us that we match students with the employers who are most likely to value them and where they are most likely to feel fulfilled in their jobs.

Can you actually set up job interviews for me?

Yes. We have a large and growing network of Northern tech employers across Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Liverpool and beyond. We have placed graduates as far south as London, and as far north as York. We work closely with their hiring teams to make sure they understand the value that you’ll bring to their companies. Then it’s up to you to shine (but we’ll help you prepare for that too).

How much can I expect to be paid?

The vast majority of our graduates will earn a starting salary of £22,000 – £30,000.

Our latest statistics are here!

What if I want to code in another programming language?

Great! Our course is designed to give you transferable skills. More than half of our graduates go on to code in other languages like C#, Java, Python, C++ and Ruby in their first Software Development role.

Applying for our courses

How do I apply?

First, you'll need to fill out our online application form which gives us an idea of your present skill level. In this application we are looking for you to provide us with as much information as possible about your motivation to enrol on our course.

You can apply for The Developer Pathway here.

What happens after I apply?

We’ll send you learning material which will help you prepare for our Entry Challenge.

Once we're sure you have the aptitude to succeed and been offered a place on one of our bootcamps, you’ll be supported every step of the way to complete the 30-50 hours of Precourse study materials in good time before the course begins. All offers of a place are subject to successful completion of this Precourse material.

You have our full support from the moment you apply and we’ll give you a number of ways to ask for help if you get stuck.

Why is there a Precourse?

Because you want to get the most out of the bootcamp! So we ask you to teach yourself the basics - the easy bits - so that you start with an advantage. After all - you'd feel cheated if you turned up on Day 1 and we were teaching you things you could have (or actually have!) already learned yourself!

How long does it take to prepare for the Entry Challenge?

A complete beginner could be ready for the Entry Challenge with 10-15 hours of diligent study. If you have already made a start with an online introductory course like freeCodeCamp's JavaScript Basics, you could be ready for the Entry Challenge within a few hours.

Find out why entry standards for Coding Bootcamps matter here

How long does it take to do the Precourse once I’ve passed the Entry Challenge?

We recommend that you allocate 50 hours of your time to complete the Precourse. This is the reason why our application deadline is some weeks before the course starts.

Paying for our bootcamps

What are the fees?

Fees for our coding bootcamps in Manchester and Leeds, including career support services after graduation, is £7,200.

When are bootcamp fees payable?

Upon being offered a place after passing your Entry Challenge, you will be sent a set of terms and an invoice for the course fees. Once the terms are signed and fees are paid your seat on the course will be secured.

If you are using a finance option, then instead of paying your course fees in full, you can secure your seat on the course by paying a 10% deposit.

Do you offer finance?

Yes! You can find out more here.

When should I apply for finance?

You do not need to apply until you are offered a place.

However, if you would like to do so, it is possible to get a quotes up to 3 months in advance of your chosen course start date, before you are offered a place or even before you apply.

Do you offer any funding schemes or scholarships?

We run the Developing Diversity programme. We aim to offer a number of initiatives under this scheme, all designed to carve a path to a diverse, inclusive tech workforce in the North of England where all are welcome, encouraged and supported to achieve success in this uniquely rewarding industry. Find out more about initiatives currently on offer here.

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