Develop Me’s Coding Fellowship is a hands-on, project driven, intensive 12 week course in web development. You’ll get to grips with all the technologies, tools, processes and skills you need to embark on a career as a web developer – whilst putting together a portfolio of real world project work; working in industry on a paid work placement and making some great contacts along the way.
All of this will put you in the perfect position to get a job as a junior developer straight from graduation. We’ll even help you make that transition and put you in touch with our partner companies that are hiring at the time.
Kick start your career in tech – learn to code in just 12 weeks!
Industry-Ready, Delivered by Experts
Our immersive web development bootcamp equips students with a solid and well rounded skill base, enabling them to enter the industry immediately from graduation.
Full-stack: A Broad Foundation
With the tech industry advancing and changing at a rate of knots we think it’s crucial that our graduates have the tools and knowledge to enable them to adapt and evolve to keep up with the pace. For this reason our curriculum concentrates on full-stack web development with a focus on key concepts, computational thinking, best practice approaches to coding and the latest in industry tools and tech.
Soft Skills: Tooling and Team Work
Being a web developer is not just about writing code. Our programme not only teaches the ins and outs of writing well structured, efficient and maintainable code to build websites, apps and software but also covers different project methodologies (agile vs. waterfall), testing approaches, User Experience and tooling (Git, Vagrant). All of this will get our graduates ready to work in modern web teams using best practice approaches and tools.
Digital Marketing: Channels and User Journeys
Web developers often work as part of wider digital teams. A basic understanding of digital marketing, design and data analysis is really useful for working effectively alongside other digital specialists, which is why we also cover the basics of marketing campaigns, channels and user journeys.
Modern websites and apps need to work seamlessly on multiple devices – accordingly we teach the fundamentals of responsive web design & development from the outset.
Our module on hybrid mobile apps equips students to build mobile apps for multiple platforms using web technologies. Our framework of choice is Ionic!
Back-end Concepts: PHP as a Base
On the back-end we teach PHP as our development language of choice. PHP is the most widely used language on the internet powering the largest proportion of websites across the web. It is a great option for beginners looking to learn the basic principles of programming and offers the perfect grounding to delve deeper into other languages in the future.
Systems: Frameworks and CMSs
Various MVC frameworks and CMS are commonly used by industry – we teach the Laravel framework (which is becoming ever more popular) as well as WordPress and Drupal CMS’s.
Paid work placement
As part of the programme we create the opportunity for all students to interview for 3 month, paid web developer internships, with our partner companies. These internships are the perfect way to bolster everything you’ve learnt during the course and often lead to offers of permanent employment.
Technologies and Techniques
- HTML5 + CSS3
- Turning designs into HTML+CSS templates
- Responsive layouts
- Bootstrap templating and the grid
- PHP, MVC principles, OOP and the Laravel framework
- Server-side admin and command line skills
Mobile App Development
- Hybrid mobile app development using Ionic Framework
- Mobile UX
- Scaffolding an Ionic app
- Deploying to mobile app stores
- Planning and prototyping
- Agile vs. waterfall methodologies
- User journeys
- User Experience
Not only will we teach you all the tech skills you’ll need to embark on your career as developer, we’ll also provide you with a whole heap of career support, advice and guidance along the way too.
This support will come in a variety of forms including:
- Work placement – a 3 month long paid work placement in industry with one of our partners will give you the chance to put all you’ve learnt into practice and help cement your knowledge and skills harnessed over the previous 12 weeks
- CV workshops & interview advice
- Career guidance and information on the possibilities and opportunities in the tech sector
- Development of a portfolio of project work
- Networking opportunities with both the local tech community & employers
- Help and support in applying for and securing your first role upon graduation (and onwards for as long as you like)
The Coding Fellowship is a highly intensive programme which requires a big commitment from our students. To learn everything you’ll need, to the level required, to head straight into industry upon graduation you’ll have to put a lot of time and effort in. We’ll do our bit and teach you everything you need to know and provide as much support as possible, but we’ll need you to do your bit too!
You can expect to be onsite from 9-5:30 every weekday involved in a variety of lectures, workshops and project work.
Outside of this you will probably find yourself spending a few hours working with your fellow students on further study activities – on your own at home practicing what you’ve learnt or working on projects – at evening events, industry meetups and hackathons.
It will be an intense ride! But we hope it will be an extremely rewarding one too.
We promise it won’t all be hard work though. You’ll be surrounded by a group of likeminded students all going through the same experience. There will be A LOT of collaborative project work and plenty of opportunities for fun along the way. Bristol is an incredible city with a strong and very welcoming tech community.
Our instructors are all specialists in their fields and actively work in industry as professional developers, software engineers, technical project managers, designers, UXers etc.
This experience and continued participation in their respective sectors allow our instructors to remain up to date with their skills and accordingly what they pass on to you remains current and highly relevant.
Years of industry experience means our instructors have seen it all. Having them on hand is incredibly valuable for coders who are just starting out.
Tuition & Dates
Course fees are £7,995 inc. VAT*
Upon acceptance of a place on the fellowship we require a non-refundable deposit of £500 to secure your place on the course.
Key dates for applications (Spring cohort):
- Attend Introduction Workshop 29th March or 12th April (follow link to register)
- Attend interviews
- 18th April 2017 – Course Start Date
*Occasional scholarship places are available – these are granted based upon certain criteria determined for each individual place and are reliant on funding from industry and skills organisations.
You can find out more about our scholarship places at our scholarships page
Need some help funding your course fees? Here are just a couple of the many options worth looking into…
Future Finance are a specialist student loans company we’ve partnered with. They can offer a way to finance your fees and spread the cost up to 10 years.
There’s some nice touches they offer as part of the loan packages incl.
- full repayments only start 3 months after graduation
- payment holidays (4 x 3 month breaks from payments over the term of the loan)
- early repayment options (with no fees attached)
If you apply to them through our page you receive slightly better rates too.
Find out all the details over at our Future Finance page.
Crowdfunding can be a great way of helping to fund your course fees. It’s pretty easy to set up a crowdfunding campaign, then start by sharing with friends and family asking them to help top up your fees.