anyone can
LEARN TO CODE

We believe that with the right motivation and determination, almost anyone can learn to code. But people are put off coding because of misconceptions and other barriers.

Many people think tech companies are only interested in graduates with Computer Science degrees. This isn’t true. Tech companies are interested in your coding skills, not your qualifications. Other people think you need to be a mathematical genius to learn coding. This isn’t true either. Basic mathematics is all you need. 

If people do look into learning coding, they see a choice between full-time bootcamps or online only courses. Most people haven’t got the luxury of being able to give up work for months to do a bootcamp or find the £5,000-6,000 upfront fees. Online courses are cheaper, but quality is patchy, there’s little support and dropout rates are high. And you might find you’ve learnt coding languages that aren’t relevant to local tech vacancies.

That’s why we developed a programme to fit around real-world work and life commitments. Our approach combines face-to-face, instructor-led group sessions with flexible online modules. We provide the expert support you need while allowing you to move as fast as suit your circumstances. We focus on the coding skills local tech employers actually want, to help you launch yourself on a successful new career.

You can complete our flexible learning programmes in as little as four months. All you need is a desktop or laptop, an internet connection and a desire to learn. 

Membership fees are very affordable – much lower than bootcamps and lower than some online only courses. You pay monthly and can stop and restart your membership. There are no loans or long-term commitments.

Flexible

Group sessions are held on evenings & weekends, so you can attend as many or as few as suits you. The online modules allow you to decide when and where to study.

Support & Guidance 

Our instructor led evening and weekend group sessions provide support & guidance to keep you focused and on track.

Careers advice and support

We’ve got great connections with tech companies in Sheffield. We will help you build an impressive portfolio that demonstrates the skills you’ve acquired.

Starting steps

Don’t worry if this all sounds a bit techy or intimidating. It does to most people at first.  Book an informal call back or meeting with one of our team.  We will answer all of your questions and provide guidance on where to start!​

Frequently asked questions

People like you. We teach 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.

Yes! If you want to meet the team or some current students, see our space and get your questions answered, you can book a Meet & Greet

We are based in the Kollider offices, Barkers Pool House, Sheffield with easy access by train, bus or car. Find out how you can find us here!

Anything you do on a computer, laptop, phone or other device, such as games, social media, chat, browse the web, is done using computer programmes.

Computers don’t understand words, and 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.

Computers don’t understand natural language. As such the human language has to be converted into a set of “words” that are understood by the computer. The words that initiate a standard action when used in a program are called keywords. The arrangement of keywords for successful execution of a desired computation is called syntax. The set of keywords and syntax form a programming language.

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

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. You’re also welcome to come to a free Taster Session which will give you a great insight into what life as a developer will be like.

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

No!

We will help you get started once you’ve signed up, so that you can make sure coding is for you.

Don’t forget – the main thing we’re looking for is a passion for getting into the tech industry, not pre-existing coding skills. If you feel you have that, you’re ready to apply to The Developer Academy.

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.

You can pay by Visa, Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express or with a PayPal account.

No, this is a non-binding offer. You can cancel, pause and restart at anytime, we just need 14 days notice. The subscription will stop at the end of your current monthly subscription.

Your membership will be active as soon as you have signed up.  We ask that you meet with us to sign up, so you can set you up for success. Renewal will occur 1 month later.

Our group sessions start at 6pm and finish at 9pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

None. You can apply with no prior experience (although you might enjoy getting started prior to application!) We will help you get started and help you discover whether it is right for you before you commit, and support you every step of the way.

Yes. You’ll need to bring your own laptop for all of our group sessions. We recommend using either OSX running on an Apple Mac or Windows operating system running on a PC Laptop.

No. We offer an alternative to certifications – we offer to teach you the skills employers want. 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 Web or Software Developer with a great understanding of workplace best practice, you’re in the right place.

You need to be at least 18 years old on your chosen start date to enrol.  There is no upper age limit.