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Our mission has always been to focus intently on our students learning experience and help them achieve their career ambitions. Over the last 4 years we have developed The Coding Fellowship – the most comprehensive tech career change programme in Bristol and the South West region. 

With over 5 years of highly successful delivery of all our learning programmes and 5 star ratings from our students; we are more student-centred than ever, and passionate in supporting people looking to upskill or accelerate their current or future tech careers.

As we enter a new decade and celebrate our fifth year in business – we take a brief moment to reflect. 

In 2020 we will have reached a unique ‘milestone’ – having helped over 100 successful graduates to achieve their career change goals, and worked with our 50+ committed hiring partners to grow their tech teams through the Coding Fellowship programme alone; with a subsequent and unrivalled 98% of graduate students moving directly into web / software development roles. 

As we were the first Coding Bootcamp established in the South West – we have always set the bar very high; and our ambition to provide the highest quality and most commercially relevant courses, has ensured that we have been on a constant learning journey both for us, our incredible team, our expert instructors and our students. We never stop refining our courses in alignment with industry standards and employer demand. 

We launched with four ambitious students in 2015. Thank you Simon N, Simon C, Kasia & Josh! Have a look at what Simon C is working on now, his own tech start-up!: https://www.seedrs.com/koor/

Coding bootcamp students on desks

As we now enter the next decade; we have combined all of our learnings from five years of delivery experience into shaping our comprehensive 16 week tech career change programme. To reflect the high value, there will be an adjusted price of £9,450 (£8,950 when full fees paid upfront) applicable from June 2020 

The Coding Fellowship has evolved dramatically over the last 4 years as we have consistently strived to create the best possible learning environment, curriculum and support networks to make our students’ transition into their new careers as effective and seamless as possible. Through all this our price has remained the same, this no longer reflects the quality of the programme and commitment of the growing team here at Develop Me. By choosing to study with us you can feel confident that you’re in very good hands! 

Our totally unique Coding Fellowship Programme has been designed to put you in the perfect position to land a job as a junior developer straight from graduation. With a 98% hire rate we even help you make that transition by organising multiple interviews with our hiring partners.

Yes – technical skills are fundamental in our learning programmes at Develop Me, but we believe  it is fundamentally all about people. Everyone has a different and unique journey. Our absolute focus is on helping people to get to where they want to go – both in terms of industry-relevant technical skills and also in supporting them with the vital skills required to make their learning journey a success. 

We therefore offer ‘lifetime’ career support to all our graduates as they transition into their 1st, 2nd, 3rd roles and beyond.

We believe in skills over formal qualifications.

We also believe collaboration, team work, critical thinking, emotional intelligence with problem solving are the skills required in the 21st century workforce – all married with a passion and purpose. We won’t call them ‘soft skills’ – as these are the fundamental skill-set required in any 21st century workforce. 

If you are looking to accelerate your existing or a new career in tech – talk to us to see how we can help you achieve your goals in 2020 and beyond.

The Coding Fellowship Programme is an immersive, project-driven, 16 week accelerated Coding Bootcamp programme in web / software development. 

You’ll get to grips with all the technologies, tools, processes and skills you need to embark immediately on a career as a web / software developer – whilst putting together a portfolio of real world project work and making some great contacts along the way.

Course Structure

  • Pre-course programme

4-6 week (60+ hours) completed online from home, that helps our students come fully prepared to make the most of the 12 weeks spent in class.

  • Bootcamp Programme

12 week full-time immersive classroom Coding Bootcamp Programme – which equips students with a solid and well rounded skill base, enabling them to enter the industry immediately from graduation.

  • Career Support
      • Guaranteed job interviews
      • CV workshops & interview advice
      • Portfolio development
  • Programme Features
    • Pre-course study support groups
    • Small class sizes 
    • Weekly 1:1 learning support sessions
    • Progress learning apps
    • Expert industry instructors
    • Creative studio environment
    • Networking opportunities
    • Assignment of personal industry Mentor for support 
    • Wellbeing services
    • Socials & Meet-ups
    • Alumni community
    • Lifetime career support

    For full details and how to apply please visit 

    https://developme.tech/fellowship/

    Finance is available to support your career change.

    Please get in touch to find out more. 

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    You can also hear from some of our graduates and hiring partners discussing their experiences of the bootcamp and their new careers as developers.

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It was great to hear what Gareth, one of our Coding Fellowship students on our Autumn 2019 cohort has to say about his background, life on the course and plans for the future.

What was your background before you attended the Coding Fellowship Bootcamp?

Prior to the course I studied Geography at university, with a focus on climate science. During this time, I learnt the basics of Python to develop a climate model that formed the basis of my dissertation — my first foray into the world of coding! Following graduation, I took on a role in financial services, but felt as though I was still searching for the right career.

Gareth Bootcamp Student What made you decide to attend the course?

To accelerate my learning and kick-start a career in the tech industry. The Coding Fellowship was the perfect opportunity to surround myself with like minded people with the same goal.

What were your main concerns/questions before deciding to enrol?

What concerns or questions did you have before deciding to take the leap and enrol on the Coding Fellowship?

A big concern was whether I would be able to learn both the knowledge and skills needed to build the foundation for a promising and sustainable career in coding, given the short learning period.

How does your experience on the Fellowship now answer those concerns/questions?

The course has given me confidence in the skills that I am learning, I feel that I am building a strong base in the different languages and topics that we have covered and can continue to build on these as I progress as a developer. The syllabus has been well considered and delivered in a way that enables you to develop not only your skills but also your ability to build on these on your own.

The course has been fast paced but I have loved the challenge — my confidence as a developer has grown greatly and I am excited to carry on the journey.

What coding experience did you have before starting the course?

Despite not having any commercial coding experience, I used Python (with the guidance of a great tutor) to develop a basic climate model when I was at university. Despite understanding little about the technical process, I loved the experience and the desire to learn more about coding stuck with me from that point onwards!

What part of the course curriculum have you enjoyed the most?

I found CSS enjoyable at the start of the course, due to the creativity involved, but have also found Laravel and React really interesting in the later weeks.

Gareth at his computerWhat part of the curriculum have you found the hardest?

React and Redux have been tricky at times, but are very rewarding when you finally get your head around them.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

The support on the course has been brilliant! The course leaders and teaching assistants are always there to answer any questions you may have, or to offer encouragement when you get stuck. You are also assigned an industry mentor whilst on the course, who can provide extra advice and insight into the Bristol tech bubble.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

My advice for someone looking to take on the course would experiment with online coding games and tutorials, such as Codeacademy, they are a great introduction to coding! For those who have enrolled in the course I would put as much time into the pre-course learning as possible, it helps to have a solid foundation of knowledge later in the course.

What role are you looking for after the Bootcamp? Where do you see yourself in the future?

After the course I will be looking for a Junior Developer role in Bristol, I am open to different types of coding work as I have enjoyed a range of topics on the course. Ideally, I would love to work with a company that takes on diverse and creative projects and one that will help me grow as a developer.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 4 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

We had a nice chat with Charlotte, one of our Fellowship students a few weeks into the Autumn 2019 Coding Fellowship Bootcamp.  You can see footage of the interview here or read on to find out more about her background, why she chose to enrol on our Bristol based Coding Bootcamp and how she’s been getting on learning to code so far.

What was your background/career before you joined the Coding Bootcamp?

Art History Lecturer at University. I also taught maths as a private tutor up to A-level standard in my spare time too.

Coding Fellowship Bootcamp Student Photo Charlotte

What made you decide to attend the course?

I was looking for a career change and the deciding factor for me was coming along to one of the opening evenings.

How have you found the course so far?

I absolutely love it. I enjoy it so much and it really feels like I am taking my life in a new direction. It combines my love for logic, problem solving and creativity.

What have you enjoyed the most?

I have mostly enjoyed the problem solving aspect of the work and my friends on the cohort are fantastic as it is a great bunch of people and really relaxed and informal.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

The instructors are fantastic! So so helpful. We have had a few different teachers and they are all excellent. We have a teaching assistant  in the classroom at all times who is excellent too and you never feel like you cannot ask them a question – it is a very relaxed atmosphere. We also have a session every week with one of the course directors to check how we are getting on, so it is all set up really well.

Coding Fellowship Bootcamp Student CharlotteWhat advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

Do as much prep work as you can – it is really really important! I definitely feel much more ready for it having done all the prep work. Also make sure you take breaks throughout the day whilst studying on the course. Make sure you get away from your desk however tempting it might be to stay there in front of the screen.

What role are you looking for after the Bootcamp? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I am really interested in front-end development and potentially working in the charity sector but I am keeping an open mind.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 4 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!