Who is the course for?

The course is for people who want to equip themselves with the digital skills for a career in Scotland’s growing tech industry. That could be anyone from recent graduates, career switchers looking to use their experience in the digital sector, or coding hobbyists looking to turn their interest into a profession. CodeClan is not restricted by age, or other eligibility criteria but acceptance will be based upon the student passing a rigorous application process.

Can you learn to code in 16 weeks?

Yes. CodeClan will produce high quality job ready entry level software developers to meet employers’ skills needs. The CodeClan immersive course will make you work ready. Our graduates would be able to apply for fulltime or contract positions in software development teams doing roles like coding, testing and technical support. Typical starting salaries are currently around £22K­-£25K in Scotland.

Do I need to be able to code before I start?

Applicants are not expected to be able to write code before applying. But we encourage applicants to get involved with coding before applying as this would be seen as highly beneficial to the success of the application process.

What kind of skills are you looking for potential applicants to have?

Someone who likes solving problems. It’s all about seeing patterns, logic and creativity.

How will you support participants to secure employment?

Although specific jobs with particular organisations are not guaranteed, we have developed partnerships with a wide range of employers from large to small and there is strong demand from industry. We will have a specialist graduate recruitment manager within the permanent team and a graduate career fair at the end of the course.

How does CodeClan differ from traditional University-based learning?

CodeClan will bring to Scotland the proven coding academy learning model, based on an immersive tuition process using high instructor to student ratios, effectively condensing key elements of computing and software development. The coursework will directly address the current needs of industry and is very much aimed at giving students experience in leading edge working practices so they are work ready upon graduation.

What certification do graduates receive?/ What level of training do you offer?

CodeClan will be the UK’s first software academy to offer its students a formal qualification from launch in September. CodeClan is being approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), to offer their Professional Development Awards at Levels 7 to 9 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Who will be doing the teaching?

CodeClan’s tutoring instructor team will be highly experienced software developers in their own right, with a passion for teaching the subtle art of coding. Students will also hear and participate in masterclasses delivered by guest speakers from the tech industry.

Who is behind CodeClan?

CodeClan has been developed by the digital industry for the digital industry through it's member body, ScotlandIS, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government.

What are the success rates of academies around the world?

Due to the rigorous application process and the immersive tutoring process, our students hit the ground running. Other similar academies around the world have shown that over 95% of graduates are employed within three months.

How does it work?

A 16 week (plus 3 week pre­course) intensive, full­time training course; with a blend of project based learning and tutoring sessions. CodeClan’s instructor team will be highly experienced software developers in their own right, with a passion for teaching the craft of coding. Students will also participate in masterclasses delivered by guest speakers from the tech industry.The course work will move at a rapid pace and will cover a great deal of material in a short period of time. This immersive teaching approach is necessary to ensure that students rapidly acquire the high­ quality software development skills that are required in today’s digital world. Students are expected to work a minimum of 60 hours per week and submit a minimum of 3 projects over the core 16 week period.The pre­course work (50+ hour week) will include an introduction to the world of coding to bring all students to an equal starting point before the main course begins.

What should I do if I’m not ready to sign up yet?

We will have further courses running so just register your interest now or call us and we can advise on the next steps.

Do I need to have done maths beyond national 5/standard grade at school?

Not necessarily. The key skills are a desire to solve problems and build things and an aptitude to work hard.

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