FAQs

When do the classes for this course take place?

Depending on which start date you choose, classes will run on either Monday and Wednesday evenings 18:30 to 21:30, or Tuesday and Thursday evenings 18:30 to 21:30.

There is also a Saturday drop-in session 10:00 to 16:00. You can join this any time during the allotted hours to ask our teaching team questions.

How many hours a week do I need to study?

We'd recommend you dedicate a minimum of 20 hours a week to this course including classes, but ideally you will be able to do more than this.

What are the entry requirements?

Before you are able to take this course, you will need to take our free Introduction to Programming course. This should take you about 20 hours, and should give you a good idea if programming is for you.

Note that you can still enrol onto Software Engineer FastTrack without completing our Introduction to Programming course, but you will still need to complete this prior to your chosen cohort start date.

Is this an online course?

Yes. This course is 100% online. We have years of experience teaching in a classroom environment, and have replicated this experience online with interactive lectures, virtual classrooms and remote 121 support.

When can I apply?

You can sign up for this course from 1st June 2020. You will need to have first completed our free prerequisite course Introduction to Programming. If you would like to be notified when this course opens for applications, please register your interest.

What equipment do I need?

You will need a laptop running Ubuntu (or another Linux distribution), or a Mac running Mac OS X in order to participate on this course. Windows users may struggle and support from our teaching team will take longer.

As the course is fully online, you will also need a webcam and a microphone in order to participate. Most modern laptops have these built in, but if yours doesn't then there are external ones available to buy.

We may be able to help with equipment if you are stuck - please email us on [email protected].

Is this course beginner friendly?

Yes. It does assume you've completed our free Introduction to Programming course, but aside from that you won't need any prior coding experience.

Will I have a portfolio to demonstrate to employers?

Yes. At the end of the course you will have at least 10 projects on your own personal GitHub account that employers can look at. This is the standard approach for Software Engineer portfolios.

What can I do after the course?

Many of our students go on into careers in software development with roles including:

  • Backend Developer

  • Frontend Developer

  • Full-stack Developer

Others use the knowledge gained in the course to add technical capability to their businesses, to start new a new business, or to progress further with their current employers.

Do I need to quit my job to study on this course?

No. This course is designed to fit around your other commitments. Courses take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, or Monday and Wednesday evenings, which fits in around the 9 to 5, and allows shift workers to work their shifts around class times.

We also have an optional Saturday drop-in session on all course dates, which runs 10:00-16:00. This is a session designed for extra support and you can join and leave the session any time during the set hours.

I still have a question...

That's okay. Drop us an email on [email protected], or if you prefer you can use our contact form.

We aim to get back to you promptly - if you haven't heard back from us within 7 working days, please contact us via another channel such as social media.