Barcelona Code School
Barcelona Code School wants students from all levels to feel comfortable when they arrive and prevent them from falling behind. Additionally, students will receive CV assistance to help them apply for their dream careers. They will also have access to the alumni network during the course and once they graduate to communicate with other members in the tech community. The school believes in life-long career support and assists students both before and after the course is completed.
Because an intensive, coding bootcamp can be overwhelming, Barcelona Code School organizes optional evening and weekend activities for students to provide brief physical and mental breaks. Activities include paddle boarding, rock climbing, and yoga. Nonetheless, they remind students to keep their studies as their main priority in order to succeed.
Recent Barcelona Code School Reviews: Rating 4.65
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In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week9 Weeks
Minimum Skill Level Beginners Prep Work Yes, beginner-friendly intro to HTML, CSS, JS Placement Test No Interview Yes
OnlinePart Time30 Hours/week9 Weeks
Deposit 100% is paid upon registration
Deposit 580€ Scholarship Students over 40 Single parents Women in tech
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Prep Work Yes Placement Test No Interview Yes
Barcelona Code School Reviews
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I chose Barcelona Code School because they had a focus on REACT and REACT-native. (I live in Barcelona) I wanted to learn these because they are the IN-DEMAND skills right now in Boston (my previous home) – plus I knew they were pretty cool. I had tried to teach myself REACT too, so I had a start, but there’s nothing like having a teacher. The other code camps say they have a one evening special workshop in REACT if people are interested, but how could that be enough? The course is taught all in English and the teachers were very helpful in answering all my questions so that I understood the concepts and techniques.
I had been thinking about code school for many years, but the cost of any code school seemed high. I tried to teach myself, and plodded along, sometimes getting blocked for days on what I knew were stupid problems that could be solved by someone with understanding in 5 seconds. Then this year, I watched some kids graduating from university and realized that they hadn’t tried to ‘teach themselves BIOLOGY’. You could do it, but it would take 100 times longer. Teachers are important! So I finally decided to enroll. I wish I had done code camp 5 years ago. I would have been working all these years making up the tuition cost in a month or 2 (I was in the USA).
Barcelona Code School was perfect for me in that it wasn’t too long and wasn’t too expensive. (AND ladies – there are scholarships and fundraisers for women out there—www.f6s.com/futurefunded).
Plus, I love having access to the videos and class notes, so I can go back and look things up and review. (Which I needed to do to take lots of job application technical tests)
After the course was done, the school sent my name out to recruiters and I got LOTS of calls. I have had many interviews – and have some good possibilities. I am currently in serious talks with 3 excellent companies.
So, I am very happy with my decision to go to BCS.
I was afraid to start the course because I thought that it was going to be too hard for me, but they make it really easy to try and learn as much as possible, if you get stuck on something, they will explain again everything in a different way to make sure you really understand the topic/exercise.
I did have experience with html/css before, but I really think that you can finished the course without previous knowledge if you take time on the materials they send you before starting,
It was by far the best decision what I made. It brought me a different point of view on how to approach a problem not only code-wise but also in life.
George and Stefano were awesome and patient teachers and I’m very grateful being a part of the BCS and made friends for life. I would highly recommend ”this” course but I do want to ”state” take your time ”for each” of the chapters of the pre-course it well definitely save you a lot frustration, ”else” you’ll find out😜.
The course itself is intense, I found myself frustrated alot of the time, now looking back at those days I find them funny, but I truly remember days where I felt really discouraged and blocked, not because of a problem with the curriculum or instructors, but simply because of the number of new concepts I was trying to wrap my head around, but the further we went into the course, the less frustration I felt, and the more excited I became about adding more and more skills to my portfolio.
Frustration will be there regardless, but the instructors at BCS did a genuinly amazing job guiding me through it, especially when I think back at it now. At first I was a bit annoyed that my answers weren't being answered like I wanted them to be, and this will probably happen to you as well, but again, the farther we got into the course, the more I understood that I was asking the wrong questions somewhat, and the answers I was getting weren't the necessarily the ones that would solve my problem at the time, but they were the answers that would make me go on to be the best coder I can be.
So in a way, the most beneficial help my insturctors gave me was: knowing when to tell me how to fix a problem and push through the frustration and at other times knowing when to give me a small hint and let me go research a problem all on my own without making it too easy.
I would say that the course definitly changed my way of thinking, and this became more apparent in the period after the course, where the training wheels fell of so to speak, and I started coding on my own, something that seemed like a real challenge when I was still attending the class, but the good research habits I learned during the course, and my instructors always being ready to give detailed and fast help even until now have made a seemless transition.
This course will taught me how to approach coding problems in a really efficient and productive way, it allowed me to explore more of my creativity simply because I have so many more tools at my disposal now and it has aided me greatly in a professional sense as it has afforded me many new opportunities. I would recommend it to anyone trying to open new doors in their professional careers, or trying to find new avenues to express their creativity and individuality
The course goes very fast, as expected. Most of the time we were doing exercises and that gave me a certain fluency in programming even I was surprised about. Being frustrated sometimes was inevitable so I gave up trying to be good at anything while learning, I just took notes and tried to absorb as much information as possible in that period. Do not think they will explain every single detail, there's no time for that. Somethings just work, I took notes and reviewed it later by myself on my time - every night and weekend. The extra effort definitely paid off, I was complimented in my exercises and even managed to help other classmates.
George and Stefano, my lecturers, have wide experience in teaching international students. All explained in clear English and step by step. Both made the perfect combination for me as a student. Super George has many years of experience to share and Saint Stefano understands well the student's point of view, they could find the best way to help me get over my obstacles and grow.
They keep on updating their material to better fit today's needs. It's an unforgetable experience, amazing people, and the investment pays off itself in no time. I learned enough to be able to start working but also to continue learning by myself. The course definitely reduces the struggle of learning coding.
The course has given me so much. I mean, I have a developed my own professional work flow consisting of Sketch, XD, Figma. Sublime, Envision, React, Cloudinary, Netifly, Digital Ocean and I've been exposed to amazing resources like Materia UI, Medium, Xcode etc. It's been life changing. I've been introduced to this industry and met life long friends. (How can we do it? Let's do together :) It's a personable environment, the teaching is some of the best I've received and I've graduated from three universities. It's high intensity, consistent affirmation and I am proud to have been a graduate of the Barcelona Code School.
- Scam- 1/8/2019Wynona z • Student • Campus: Barcelona
The other guy who gave 1 star described everything very accurately. Under no circumstance enroll in this course.
Yes, you will learn but once again the best part of this course were the other (only 3) students that felt exactly the same way. The course is a scam and not even worth a friction of the price.
On top of that the atmosphere is cold and unpleasant, the teacher is unqualified.
Response From: George of Barcelona Code SchoolTitle: InstructorThursday, May 23 2019Hi Wynona.It really hurts our feelings to read that you are disappointed with the course. As we are always trying to find the best personalised approach to every student it seems that we have failed to meet your expectations. Maybe it was partly due to you not coming for a lot of lectures and not following the curriculum, ignoring your mentors suggestions, skipping the pre-course or simply our intensive pace and bootcamp format are not something you expected.As we have proven job placements for every student who finished the course successfully and was looking for a job your claims about unqualified instructors sound absolutely unbased.The guy you are referring to never ever attended the course in the first place and simply started looking for excuses after receiving a full pack with materials, video lessons and recorded lectures, so he didn’t have a chance to experience the course and our teaching method.I just wanted to post some quotes from my emails/messages to you showing concern and availability to help and support you with the course, as we do care for every student:“Hi Wynona.How are you?Are you going to be back at school tomorrow? We need to go through the React Native section and bring you up to speed. ”“Hi Wynona, how are you?Haven’t seen you at school for couple of days, is everything alright? ”“Hi Wynona.How is it going? Any questions so far? ”“Hi Wynona. How are you?Could you please remind me when you are going to travel for a week? Was it the last week of the course on December 17-21?As we are starting React Native on Monday it would be best if you are here for this new material.”“Hi Wynona. How are you?I’m a bit worried about you skipping the lectures, especially now when we are doing react.js.Is there some issues/work?”“Hey Wynona, how is it going?If you want, we can have a session with you after lunch to go through some exercises or explanations to help you to catch up?”Etc., etc., etc…Regardless of all this, we are always here for you available to help with anything possible.Thank you.
The course learning instructions are weak. You will not learn much from it and you can not compete with other student from top boot camp code school. The program only last 9 weeks which is not enough time for you to master everything you need to be a good developer. If you looking to get a job after you complete the program, you will not find one because you don't learn enough for companies to be interested in you. If you read through the review, you'll realize the reviews are either fake or do not go into detail of the program - you don't get a good review that will give you a good idea of the school and what to expect.
One example of why the learning instructions are weak is, It only tells you what to do but it doesn't go into detail as to why you should code it this way. The instructions are like notes and not real instructions that explain for you to understand. You also get video instructions but you just watch and follow what to do and no explanation as what and why we're doing it. If you have to create a real app yourself after graduation, you will be stuck and will not know how to do it. Some of the instructions are example code and it doesn't really explain the code and what's it's doing.
Another example is some of the instructions are short such as MongoDB, HTML, and jQuery. HTML and MongoDB are only one page long of instructions. jQuery is a few pages but not enough to learn to confident with it. The courses that are longer do not go into enough detail. For example, in React discussion about props, it explains what props are with a few sentences and a code example but it did not explain the detail of props such as how to use props, types of props, how to pass props to from parent to child then to grandchild. You also won't learn how to define props to prevent a user from passing the wrong props type.
You can get better instructions on Youtube for free. Save yourself money and go to Youtube if you thinking of joining this code school. You should do your research and compare the top code school to this school and you will see that 9 week is not enough time to learn. BEWARE! This school just want students in and out to take their money. If you try to cancel even after 3 days, you will not get your money back but only get credits. If you don't live in Barcelona, you can't use the credits because the available courses are in-person and the owner does not care that you can't attend and he won't refund you. Every code school will allow you to cancel with a refund but not this school.
Response From: George of Barcelona Code SchoolTitle: FounderTuesday, Nov 27 2018
Once again, we are really sad by the fact that you are disappointed with our school. As far as I know, it's your second bootcamp which you didn't like. Let me just go through the things you mention to once explain how it works form our part.
As you mentioned, the course lasts for 9 weeks and it's been proved by our graduates from both, online and in-person formats, to be absolutely enough to get prepared for the junior developer's position. We have our alumni hired in 1-2 months on average after the job placement support starts. And we have companies which already hired our graduates coming back for more of them. Which shows that they are completely satisfied.
As you mentioned, we provide text materials with explanations and code examples + full length video lessons with us writing and running the code explained in the lecture. It allows students to not just read and try the code but also to actually watch how it is done and follow the instructor to fully implement new concepts in practice. And before they will have to create a 'real' app after the course, as you say, students are build fully functioning apps as a part of the course. One of them is a full-stack web app (example built here: https://e-commerce-.herokuapp.com/) and another one is a native mobile app (example built here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1414985238). Both have the server, the database and the front-end parts. So after graduation they are already know how to combine all the bits and pieces into a working application.
Speaking of the depth for the instructions, jQuery is a long time legacy part of the curriculum, kept there for those students who are willing to learn it for some reason. And it has 5 blocks, not 1. The mongoDB section has all the information needed and the process of building an app with mongoDB is shown in the complete video lesson. Same for the rest of the topics. We actually guide students through the entire process in our video lessons since this is a mentored course.
The comparison of our curriculum to free tutorials is completely incorrect, since courses on self-learning platforms have much lower level of difficulty and do not prepare a student for a real life work. The exercises either too simple or have an option to see the solution, which is not going to happen in real life. We are preparing our students for applying for the jobs, not just learning programming as a recreational habit.
And the refund policy is explained right away on our website, since you get access to all the materials, video lessons, exercises, projects, and there is no way to 'return' it we have to use this policy. It is possible to cancel the participation and get full refund before the starting date of the course, but not after you got all the materials which are actually self sufficient to finish the program.
Once again, really sorry to hear that and hope you will find school which is more suitable for you.
- UI/UX DESIGN- 6/27/2018R da Silva • graphic designer • Student • Campus: Barcelona
wellThe course was a lot of fun to do!
Absolutely worth it if you are looking to experience and learn the basics of UI/UX design.
Instead of spending too much time on theory we jumped right on getting practical
Marina Tudela is friendly and explains everything very clear. She teaches you how to really “get inside the head” of the user/customer. Muchissimas gracias Marina!
I highly recommend Barcelona Code School! No matter which course you are looking to join BCS is the best! The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about teaching their students. I did the full stack course and have since landed a job as a project manager working with our web development team and as a web page designer. BCS helped me transition into a career that I love! I couldn’t be happier with where this course has led me. From the amazing instructors to the atmosphere this place has something to offer everyone! I enjoyed it so much I also completed the Wordpress course, which I equally enjoyed and plan to sign up for more in the future!
I had been learning from various online resources for a few months before joining the bootcamp and if you've been doing the same thing you know it can be hard to find the right course to get up to speed, some courses do too much hand holding so by the end of it you dont really feel like you've learnt anything, some show you too little and give no indication of how you can use what you've learnt to build something which has real world use, I can say after completing the course that Barcelona Code School have struck the perfect balance, the course is interesting, the instructors are engaging, and the projects are cool. If you are thinking of taking the course and have no prior knowledge i would advise you to take the pre course seriously and start studying hard from that point as the course is far from easy, it is however manageable with the right work ethic and thourougly rewarding. By the end of the course if you are looking for a job Barcelona Code School are more than happy to assist you in anything you might need, less than a couple of weeks after the Bootcamp i already have three job interviews lined up. If you still have any doubts head over to their website and strike up a conversation everyone's really friendly!