About Northcoders

What is Accelerate?

It’s our 12 week coding bootcamp, taught at Federation House in Manchester. Our November 6th cohort will run for 13 weeks and includes a one week Christmas break.

What is Ignite?

It’s our introduction to programming in JavaScript course, run over a series of 4 evenings. We tend to run it every month.

What are the course dates for Accelerate?

Our next 12 week cohort starts on November 6th 2017. The application deadline is September 11th 2017 and the course ends on February 2nd 2018. Our November 6th cohort will run for 13 weeks and includes a one week Christmas break.

Our February cohort starts on February 5th 2018. The application deadline is December 4th 2017 and the course ends on April 27th 2018

What time does Accelerate run each day?

It runs from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6.00pm each day. You’ll also need to find an additional 5-10 hours per week to complete a weekly review and bed down what you’ve been taught during our core hours.

What’s it like being on a coding bootcamp?

A lot of fun (if coding is for you). As you’d imagine of anything that is described as a ‘bootcamp’, though, it requires hard work, grit, determination, passion and some real character to get through it.

You will be taken out of your comfort zone on a daily basis, but by the end of it, as long as you’ve kept going throughout the course, you will be ready for a career as a software developer.

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

If you’ve never coded anything before, you’re not in a position to know whether you’ll enjoy it on the course, let alone if you’ll enjoy software development as a career. Don’t be put off if that’s you though! After all, you’re presumably on this page reading this for a reason

In just a couple of weeks you can get through a lot of freeCodeCamp and get a good sense of whether it’s right for you. You’re also welcome to come on our Ignite which is a great introduction to coding in JavaScript.

We would recommend, at a minimum, you have completed some of the freely available online beginner’s courses before you apply to Accelerate.

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

What type of students do you teach at Northcoders?

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

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

Why choose the North?

Because it’s great here.

The affordability in comparison to London makes it the ideal and obvious place to both 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.

How do I know coding is for me?

If you do not have any experience in software, we recommend attending our Ignite course and/or completing some of the freely available online courses. We prefer freeCodeCamp.

Do as much coding as possible. If you enjoy it for the sake of it, it’s probably for you. If it feels like a drag, it probably isn’t.

Applying to Accelerate

How do I apply?

We ask each prospective student 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 provide us much information as possible about your experience and your motivation to enrol on our course.

You can apply for Accelerate here.

What happens after I apply?

We’ll send you learning material which will help you prepare for our technical test.

Once you have passed your technical test and been offered a place on the Northcoders’ Accelerate program, you’ll be required to complete the Accelerate pre-course 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 for the course and we’ll give you a number of ways to ask for help when you get stuck.

How long does it take to prepare for the technical test?

A complete beginner could be ready for the technical test with 30 hours of diligent study. Alternatively, attending the Ignite course and spending a further 10 hours studying should get you there.

How long does it take to do precourse once I’ve passed the technical test?

We recommend that you budget between 40 and 60 hours of your time to complete precourse. This is the reason why our application deadline is some weeks before the course starts.

I really want to come on Accelerate but don’t think I’ll be able to commit the time for pre-course. Are there any other options?

If this sounds like you, definitely get in touch. We’re considering other options to help people get ready for Accelerate and if there’s sufficient demand we’ll make them happen.

Is there an age limit?

No, why would there be? We’ve taught students as old as 17 and as young as 47.

Our Courses

Do I need my own laptop?

Yes. You’ll need to bring your own laptop for both the Accelerate and Ignite courses. We recommend using either OSX running on an Apple Mac or the Ubuntu operating system running on a PC Laptop.

How do I get to Northcoders?

We’re based at Federation House in Manchester with easy access by train, tram, bus or car. We're a 2-minute walk from Victoria Station, and a 1-minute walk (maximum!) from Shudehill Tram and Bus Stations. If you’re coming by car, we recommend Shudehill NCP for an early bird rate of £4.50 when you arrive before 9am. There is also plenty of on-street parking for free within a 10-minute walk.

Getting your first software developer role after Northcoders

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

At the end of your Accelerate 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 growing network of Northern tech employers - currently over 40 Northern tech companies who have indicated a willingness to hire Northcoders. 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).

Paying for the course

What are the fees?

Course fees for the Accelerate coding bootcamp and recruitment support after graduation are £6,000.

The Ignite course costs £99.

When are course fees payable for Accelerate?

Upon being offered a place, a £600 non-refundable deposit is payable to secure your place. The balance of £5,400 is payable within 2 weeks of paying the deposit, unless there are fewer than 4 weeks until the course starts, in which case the fees are payable in full.

Do you offer scholarships?

Northcoders have offered fully-funded #womenintech scholarships since day one, and we’ll continue to offer 2 such scholarships on each of our future bootcamps.

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