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What happens during a coding bootcamp?

Written by Rich Saunders

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Coding bootcamps have become a popular option for people seeking to transition into careers in tech. Find out how coding bootcamps work and what you learn in these programmes.

The UK's software development industry is thriving, with a noticeable increase in demand for skilled developers. If you're considering getting into the tech industry, coding bootcamps are a new way to learn the skills you need to succeed.

According to the report, the demand for full-stack engineers led to 56% of interview requests in 2022. Projections by IBISWorld show a significant 4.2% growth in this year on year for the next five years totalling a 22.8% increase in the sector by 2027, based on figures from 2022.

In response to this demand, coding bootcamps have emerged as a popular avenue for people seeking to enter or transition within the software development field. These intensive programmes offer a focused and accelerated learning experience, equipping participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the dynamic world of coding and software engineering.

But what exactly happens during these coding bootcamps? We will explore the key aspects of coding bootcamps and their impact on meeting the demand for skilled software developers.

What is a coding bootcamp

A coding bootcamp is a quick and cost-effective alternative for people who don't have a degree in computer science or related fields but want to acquire practical programming skills. These programmes typically last a few months and provide intensive training in coding languages and technologies relevant to today's job market.

Participants typically learn fundamental coding concepts, acquire proficiency in industry-standard tools and software and undertake diverse coding assignments and projects. These programmes cater to both beginners seeking entry into the tech industry and experienced professionals aiming to augment their skill sets.

How do coding bootcamps work

Coding bootcamps generally involve a few months of intensive, hands-on training focused on real-world projects. These programmes offer various formats, including in-person, online & hybrid options. Unlike massive open online courses (MOOCs), coding bootcamps provide a structured learning environment with some (like ourselves) offering experienced instructors guiding students throughout the entire process.

Most bootcamp applicants do not require significant prior coding experience. In cases where certain skills are necessary, bootcamps often offer preparatory courses to address these knowledge gaps.

If you are new to software development, there's also the option to attend a Coding Bootcamp Taster Session. It's a one-day introduction to software development aimed at helping people determine if a career in technology is right for them.

During this session, participants explore how HTML, CSS and JavaScript are used together to create the websites commonly encountered in daily browsing.

What do you learn in a coding bootcamp

You can select coding bootcamps that specialise in specific sectors of the tech industry. Common focuses include full-stack development, software engineering, data science, UX/UI development, and cybersecurity.

These bootcamp's provide comprehensive training in coding and its practical application to workplace projects. They typically cover programming languages such as JavaScript, SQL and Python, along with modules on modern industry software, tools, and techniques.

Tech Educators' Software Development Bootcamp, offers a 12-week programme where participants learn to build innovative web applications and acquire skills for a career in the field. The curriculum includes:

  • Foundations of software development

Establish a solid foundation in software development using HTML, CSS & JavaScript, as well as various libraries to create fully functional web apps. It also covers the fundamental principles of how the web operates.

  • Intermediate software development

Learn to develop and deploy web apps using React, PostgreSQL & Next.js incorporating third-party APIs and libraries from the web.

  • Project weeks

Weeks 5 and 12 provide the opportunity to integrate learned concepts, practice essential teamwork skills and work like you would in the industry.

  • Career support

Weekly career focussed classes getting you ready for work with a refreshed CV, interview techniques and overcoming adversity alongside regular sessions featuring industry partners & experienced developers, providing insights into the realities of a career in the tech industry.

In addition, there is also the Unity Coding Bootcamp designed to prepare individuals for a career in the gaming industry over 14 weeks.

What happens after a coding bootcamp

Participants often graduate with a portfolio of projects showcasing their skills, which can be beneficial when seeking employment in the tech industry. Additionally, coding bootcamps often offer career support services such as resume building, interview preparation, and networking opportunities to help graduates transition into the workforce.

For example, if you are enrolling in a Tech Educators coding bootcamp, it means you are also becoming part of a diverse community that includes software developers, digital marketers, user experience designers, technical salespeople, and professionals spanning various roles.

With the current demand for computer science professionals outpacing the available workforce, coding bootcamps can be an efficient pathway to quickly enter the job market.

How to apply for a coding bootcamp

Applying for a coding bootcamp is a straightforward process that usually involves visiting the bootcamp's official website and booking an initial taster workshop. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

  • Visit the bootcamp website

Start by visiting the official website of the coding bootcamp you're interested in. Most bootcamps have a dedicated section for applications or admissions.

  • Navigate to the booking form

Look for the booking form on the website. You can usually find it under "Book Now".

  • Fill out the form

Complete the form with accurate information. This typically includes personal details such as your name, contact information and location.

  • Check availability and select the course

Pick a date for a taster workshop then put it in your calendar.

  • Submit the form

Once you've filled out the form review all the information you've provided, especially contact details, to ensure accuracy before finalising the submission.

  • Confirmation and follow-up

After submitting your application, the bootcamp admissions team may reach out to you for further information.

About the Author

Meet Rich, a multifaceted professional at Tech Ed.

An alumnus of our coding bootcamp, Rich's journey in the tech world has been rapid and remarkable. In just six years, they have progressed from learning to code to pivotal roles in admissions, teaching, and now in marketing and operations. Rich is a fully qualified digital marketer with the DMI and possesses a unique talent for demystifying complex tech concepts, making them accessible and engaging to our audience.

Outside of work, Rich is a true nerd, delighting in Dungeons and Dragons and video gaming, while actively participating in local tech community initiatives like Norfolk Developers & Norfolk Game Developers.

Rich's enthusiasm for continuous learning and a steadfast belief in universal access to education highlight their dedication to making a meaningful impact in the world of tech.

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