Questions you might have about Coding Bootcamps
Why do a Coding Bootcamp? How to pick between providers? What are the costs? Find out the answers to these questions and more.
The resilience of the tech sector, together with the end to furlough schemes for companies hit hard by the global pandemic, has led more people than ever before to look into Coding Bootcamps. So we have compiled some of the top questions we get asked to help make the decision on choosing the perfect bootcamp for you.
What are Coding Bootcamps and what do they teach?
Coding Bootcamps are designed around an accelerated learning style; they are generally short, intensive courses that teach the fundamental skills and tools of software development enabling people to launch a career change in tech.
However since COVID-19 and the rapid move to remote online learning, we have seen the rise of more flexible course formats to allow for flexible learning such as our part-time Coding Fellowship Bootcamp launched at the beginning of 2021.
Many Coding Bootcamps have, what appear to be, very similar curricula, but it’s good to be aware that often these will be delivered in a variety of different ways from school to school. It’s worth digging deeper into these delivery mechanisms when researching courses and making sure the approach aligns with your learning style and expectations.
For example, we have a highly structured curriculum with a focus on peer collaboration, real-world projects combined with high levels of one-to-one support alongside our Career Coaching, Wellbeing, Mentoring support services. Industry experts teach each module, allowing students to get the most up to date, commercially relevant skills. Learning is hands-on – geared around practical challenges and projects in order to cement core taught concepts. It’s a holistic approach that creates a fully formed skills base and equips students with the knowledge, self-confidence and technical skills to jump straight into industry from graduation.
Not all bootcamps offer small class sizes and they will have various levels of learner support. It is well worth checking beyond the curriculum; as one of the main reasons our students come to learn with us is the active community and network we nurture combined with the levels of holistic student support we pride ourselves in offering. All of this gives you a higher chance of success in finding a new career in tech.
Who are Coding Bootcamps for?
You don’t need a technical background, just a genuine interest in problem solving and willingness to learn. From personal trainers to teachers, musicians to physicians, pilots to artists, academics to stay-at-home mums – we have trained all of the above. Coding Bootcamps are for anyone with an interest in tech and a desire to enter a future-proof career with endless prospects and ability to work globally onsite or remotely.
Most Bootcamps are short, full-time and intense, but there are a growing number starting to offer more flexible part-time courses with the same career change end goal, but with the option to be taken alongside an existing job or other commitments.
Is a remote bootcamp as effective as the classroom?
We have been running our Coding Fellowship Bootcamp in our ‘live’ online classroom environment since March 2020; and our students have validated and proven the effectiveness of learning remotely and all have succeeded in becoming a Full Stack Software Developers in a remote environment.
“Initially I was very against remote learning, however soon found that working from the comfort of your own home is fine. The flexibility it provides is amazing” – Harry. Dec 2020 graduate
The ‘twist of fate’ in the form of a global pandemic has accelerated companies to reshape their workforce; and the positive outcome is this has enabled our students to broaden their ability, unlocking this key skill to work remotely and globally.
We’ve been reflecting on our recent move towards remote working and considering the affects that it may have on our students and instructors. Read more about the pro’s and cons of our experience of teaching a bootcamp remotely?
What if I struggle to keep up with the course curriculum?
We give you an extremely strong base in the different languages, tools, and techniques that you will need in industry – and the skills to build on these as you progress as a developer. The curriculum has evolved, and been refined constantly, since we started delivering the programme in 2016.
You are taught by people who are experts in their fields and are extremely knowledgeable and supportive. We have a rigorous support system in place and are there for you every step of the way.
“The support system is adapted to each individual, incredibly thorough and there’s a strong sense of cohesion amongst not just the students, but between the students and staff.” Tarik – Dec 2020 graduate.
“The support has been great. There is always help available if I need it, and it’s good to have the 1-to-1 sessions at the end of the week to go through any concerns I might have.” Maddy – Sept 2020 graduate.
We have multiple ways of continuously monitoring and assessing student progress on the course. If we are concerned about someone’s progress we will flag this early and put things in place to help these individuals to overcome their blockers. This might be in the form of additional tutoring or support, or come in the form of some additional learning resources or challenges to help cement certain concepts.
In addition to all of this, we line you up with an industry mentor who brings an additional level of support on the programme and helps you to make the transition into your new career.
Can Coding Bootcamps really help you change career and get you a job?
In short, absolutely yes! But don’t just take our word for it; 92% of our graduates have landed jobs as developers in the industry shortly after finishing with an average entry level salary around £26k. Many Bootcamps will publish their graduate employment data annually so look out for this when applying, if they don’t do this publicly then it’s worth asking why.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of exciting roles in the most progressive and dynamic industry there is. Many of our outstanding students were initially worried they would not be good enough but when they realise they can bring all of their career knowledge into a tech role – the world really opens up for them.
We’ve had a classical conductor go on to launch his own startup, a teacher who co-founded a successful digital agency, and a nurse use her prior career expertise to build software for the medical industries. From scientists to creatives, we have helped people from virtually every background successfully launch their careers in tech.
Of course there is huge variety in the quality of Coding Bootcamps and many that over promise and under deliver. Make sure you read online reviews (Switchup and Course Report are the go to resources for Bootcamp reviews), look critically at employment stats. The best feedback you can get is from graduate students – so always ask to speak to someone who has taken the course you are interested in. It’s worth remembering that some awards and accreditations are simply paid for rather than a genuine mark of quality. We always connect our alumni with potential students at our ‘Taster Sessions’ to get the inside scoop on whether the course is right for them.
How long do Coding Bootcamps last?
Most courses are full time and last between 12 and 16 weeks, although there are some that offer a smaller curriculum over a shorter period or offer part time learning. Our Coding Bootcamp lasts 16 weeks, with the first 4 weeks of preparatory content undertaken part-time. The following 12 weeks is the intensive taught element of the bootcamp, currently delivered remotely via a live classroom from 9 to 5.30 each day. But with us the support doesn’t end when you graduate. At the end of the 12 weeks the career coaching ramps up a gear, making connections with our hiring partners, assisting with application processes, CV writing, portfolio development and even helping students to get started contributing to open source projects. Once a student graduates they join our alumni community which is very active and provides a great network for first steps in the new career and ongoing support for as long as needed.
How much do Coding Bootcamps cost? Are they worth it?
There is huge variation in the cost of Coding Bootcamps. This is often due to the differences in how they are delivered. Many have always been online only, many just deliver the same curriculum materials with no personalisation or individual support. What is important to consider is how you learn best and what you want to achieve from the coding bootcamp you choose.
At Develop Me we charge £8,950 when paid in advance, and we believe passionately that the expertise of our instructors, the level of support offered, and the quality of our course materials makes us incredible value. Our graduates agree. With universities charging over £9,000 per year for largely outdated teaching, our Coding Fellowship Bootcamp can fast track a career in tech for a fraction of the cost.