Frequently Asked Questions
Coding is the process of creating software, VR, AI, websites, games & much more. The programmes on your computer, apps on your phone, this website – they’re all made with 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.
Coding isn’t hard, it just requires time, dedication and practice. we believe that with the right motivation and determination, almost anyone can learn to code.
We offer courses suitable for beginners; our courses are tailored to the learner’s needs and current skill level. Unsure which course is for you? Contact us, we can guide you.
Yes, we will teach you Python and R, two of the most commonly used coding languages for data science. We will show you how to interpret data and create visualisations.
No! We help you get started, so you can make sure coding is for you. The main thing we’re looking for is passion, not pre-existing coding skills. If you feel you have that, you’re ready.
We offer one to one training with an online system providing totally flexibility for our students. Unsure this is for you? Contact us for more information and a free taster session.
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.
What can I learn?
In just a couple of weeks you can get through a lot of freeCodeCamp sessions and gain a good sense of whether coding is right for you. You’re also welcome to come to a free Taster Session with us 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!
Yes, we provide training in software development. We offer courses on the coding languages and skills employers actually want from employees such as python, c#, .NET and JQuery.
You can and we can provide you with projects to build websites using various coding languages and frameworks.
Yes, we can provide a more advanced course if you already know coding or want to improve your skills.
Yes, all of our training is tailored to what you want to learn and what employers are looking for. We provide guidance and support throughout your training and meet regularly with local employers.
About our coding training
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 we can set you up for success. Renewal will occur 1 month later.
Our group sessions start at 6pm and finish at 9pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.
Funding is available for businesses. We are on Skillsbank, which allows employers across the Sheffield City Region to access quality training and funding to support skills training. Take a look at the website and speak with your employer to see if they would be interested in helping to fund your training.
None. You can book your place with no prior experience. 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.
No. We’re far more interested in what you want to achieve. Our training 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.
No – we trialled this, but we found that the client-sponsored projects were not usually challenging, and didn’t encourage any creativity. Our students achieved more when pushed to make creative, original solutions.
There are no start dates. We take new students all year round.
You can typically expect to go from beginner to job ready in 4 months, it just depends on your dedication and time.
Great! Our course is designed to be flexible so you can learn different languages. We also teach transferable skills to help you learn new ones easily.
We’ll contact you by email to find out a bit more about you. The next steps are then up to you. You can book an informal meeting, have a look round our website or take advantage of a free taster session.
We are only able to work with 18+ students but might start doing some coding classes and sessions for under 18’s during school holidays. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.
We don’t offer bootcamps as such but we do provide intensive programming courses with tailored one to one teaching to suit each student’s needs and skill levels.
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 and you don’t need any formal qualifications to become an effective Developer.
Yes, you can have 7 days free to see if coding and learning with us is for you
Simply let us know when you would like to cancel and we will stop your membership as of the point you’ve paid up to. You can also pause your membership, if this suits you better.
About The Developer Academy
We are based in the Kollider offices, Castlegate House, Sheffield with easy access by train, bus or car. Find out how you can find us here!
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.
Yes! If you want to meet the team or some current students, see our space and get your questions answered, you can book a free taster session.
All of our instructors are experienced computer science teachers or developers, we find this provides students with a well rounded coding and programming methodology. You can read about them on our team page.
Our bespoke training programmes can help anyone get into a career in coding including jobs in app development, software development, web development and data science, in just four months for £175 per month.
We offer one to one training with an online system providing totally flexibility for our students. Unsure this is for you, contact us for more information & a free taster session.
The Developer Academy Vs BootCamps
Bootcamps are full time, usually 9-5 Monday to Friday and teach you a set curriculum. We teach you the coding languages and skills local employers actually want. You learn via our online system and are also supported by instructors at evening and weekend group sessions. You can learn where you want, when you want and for as long as you want.
Online courses are great, they are full of content and can teach you a lot! But there is no support and you can learn skills employers don’t want or need. This wastes time and if you get stuck, there’s no one to help you.
We’ve included and combined the best aspects of both types of coding courses, the face to face support of a bootcamp combined with the flexibility of online courses.
We offer courses suitable for complete beginners; and our courses have the advantage of being tailored to the learner’s needs and current skill level. Unsure which course is for you? Contact us, we can guide you.
Solo learning is difficult and when learning how to code, there’s so many different ways to approach the same problem that it quickly becomes confusing. You can also spend a lot of time learning coding languages and skills employers don’t want.
Finding a job
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.
There’s a variety of positions available once you know how to code. From testers to software developers the roles are varied and diverse. We can help you identify suitable roles and help you apply for them.
Yes, we have arranged several informal conversations for our students and regular invite employers to meet with our students informally. This provides an opportunity for you to get to know potential employers, their ethos and what it might be like to work for them before applying for jobs.
You could become a front-end developer, back-end developer or a full-stack developer. It all depends on which areas you enjoy most and how hard you work.
You could become a Senior Software Developer or Chief Technical Officer. It all depends on which areas of coding you enjoy most and how hard you want to work.
You could become a Senior Data Scientist, Machine Learning Specialist or AI developer. It depends on which areas of coding you enjoy most and how hard you want to work.
At the end of your training, we 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.
Yes. We have a large and growing network of tech employers. 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).
On average, our graduates can earn starter salaries of between £20,000-£30,000.
Courses for business
Yes, we are a Skillsbank training provider and provide bespoke training to businesses looking to upskill their workforce.
This depends on what you want to learn and for how many people. Please contact us with your requirements and we will be able to provide a cost.
Yes, no longer reserved for the IT department, digital skills are fundamental for professionals in manufacturing, engineering, law, marketing, finance, and beyond. Programming digital skills are essential to anyone who wants to thrive in a modern business environment.
Yes, we have worked with Jepsons & Co to upskill their IT department so they could develop and maintain custom software. We have also trained temployees at Red Tape Studios and work on several local government contracts.
Coding helps businesses to improve growth levels, from developing new products and services to engaging new business markets, improving productivity, enhance supply chain networks and raise ambition.