CodeClan is Scotland's first digital skills academy, with campuses in Edinburgh and Glasgow. CodeClan offers a range of software development courses through immersive, 16-week coding courses and part-time learning. Our courses will help kick start your career in tech or deepen your digital expertise. CodeClan was created to deal with rising demand for digital jobs in Scotland and the curriculum was created with market demands in mind in conjunction with the Scottish Qualification Authority.
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Software Development (16 weeks)
Our full-time, project-based coding course is fast-paced and stimulating – just like your new career in the demanding tech industry will be. We’re the first digital skills academy in the UK to become a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) approved centre, which means we are the only UK academy to be able to offer a Professional Development Award in Software Development, recognised and endorsed by employers across Scotland. With a high ratio of instructors to students, our teaching approach supplements and complements more traditional routes.
Intro to Programming (part time)
Want to understand the principles behind the digital products you use every day? Get to grips with the fundamentals of programming and learn to write simple programs and scripts. You’ll gain a solid foundation in the craft of coding, learn to think like a software developer and add practical coding skills to your CV.
- Minimum Skill Level
- Basic computer + internet skills. The ability to type at least 25 words per minute.
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I was working in the bar trade before coming to Codeclan, I had no real experience in coding. I had dabbled here and there with the odd Unity course and made a few 'advanced' spreadsheets for business use.
When I decided to leave the bar trade and look at my career options i found Codeclan, I went along to an open night, thought it sounded right up my street and signed up.
In short: I really enjoyed my time at CodeClan, the course is intensive but enjoyable.
You have to come into the course willing to put in the time and effort, you very much get out of it what you put in, you could probably coast through and get to the end, but when it comes to the interviews at the end it will be clear who was keen on learning and who was just 'there'.
I was lucky enough to get employment within a few weeks of the course ending, and am now very happily working in Android development,
If you have ever considered the move into software development then this is a great way to do it. They teach practical skills that are relevant in the work place, and with the ever changing course you are being taught up to date technologies all the time.
Best thing to do though is go along to the open days they hold, ask the niggling questions and decide for yourself.
Little bit of background on me - I previously worked in Steel Sales in Aberdeen and was made redundant around December 2015. I had very little experience of coding prior to attending CodeClan and only had the most fundamental understanding of using a computer (i.e Microsoft office/browsing reddit etc.). I heard about the course from my brother who had seen it on the BBC news and though sceptical of the cost (£4,500), look back on it as well worth the investment.
I joined the course in April and graduated in August to a Wed Developer job working with well-established but small Agency (checkout the linkedin here).
The instructors were experienced and the TA’s (previous students) were really helpful. And the staff were all very friendly and helpful towards the latter stages of the course where the course transitions towards finding a job. The jarring part of the course was the transition from the emphasis of learning to the section involved in employment. I felt that towards the end of the course the homework exercises started to take a back seat to CV preparation and coding tests. That said, it was definitely an important part of the course after crashing and burning in 2 interviews I was able to take advantage of resources at CodeClan like mock technical interviews and CV reviews. A lot of the advice I helped me put forward the best “me” for my last interview.
I genuinely had a great time at CodeClan. The staff, instructors and fellow class mates all helped to make for challenging, fun and rewarding experience.
I took a leap of faith with code clan and signed up for their first cohort (the name of the class groups).
My previous experience with code was non existent and my background was too many years in retail.
Over the course of the 16 weeks we learned the above using Agile methodologies and with a student to tutor ratio of 3:1. You were expected to be mature enough to ask for help if you needed it and support was always available (even late at night the day before a hand-in).
More importantly I made great friends and contacts within the industry and secured a job before the course had even ended.
As I was in the first batch there was always going to be teething problems. The cirriculum is tweaked each cohort based on the feedback from previous cohorts. The Student - Employer service had to be revised as it became apparent that the model planned was not as ideal as it could have been. What it had allowed us to do was get to know the employer partners and get an idea of what the businesses where about and what they were looking for from a student coming into the company. Several students were employed rather quickly from course completetion but many others did have a wait before being paired up - something which when you haven't earned for 4 months was tough and would have been nice to have known in advance.
I have been working for my employer nearly 4 months now and have enjoyed every minute of it. As of time of writing cohort 6 is the most recent and so I hope the little bumps that my cohort had faced have all been ironed out by now.
I loved my time at Codeclan and i hope my review has been useful ot those reading it.
I joined CodeClan with huge passion for coding and with nearly zero experience. And that was one of my best decission ever.
The environment was amazing, each and everyone involved with CodeClan was very friendly and approachable. The main instructor was a genius, and it was a fun to be at his class!
The curriculam was diverse, the main language they taught us was Ruby and ROR; along the path you would also learn SQL, NoSQL, TDD, CSS, JS etc. You have to give a ridiculous amount of time if you want to go along the course! And even after that you would realise that you actually had a very basic foundation of coding!
To be honest, I didn't join the course to have fun, I wanted a career out of it. And if your ultimate goal is to get a professional job, CodeClan is the right place. I had the job offer as a software developer (where i actually not using Ruby, but Python!) the very next week i finished the course. So, CodeClan has some magic wand on this respect!!
With my experience with CodeClan, I have no hesiatation to highly recommend CodeClan. Remember, CodeClan will provide you the best possible support you could expect, but you have to work mighty hard to have your dream come true ----.
I went in not knowing much more than how to write a hello world, and I got out with a damn good job before the course ended.
You have outstanding instructors and not so outstanding ones, but overall they're competent and do a good job teaching the curriculum. There isn't an awful lot of support outside classes. They (instructors and TA's) just hang around doing their own thing until you go and ask them for help (which they promptly give). They should be more proactive and seek to help students - we're begginers after all, we need all the help we can get.
There was a career fair a month before the course ended (where I met my employer). I got to speak directly with the hiring managers and CEO's of a dozen companies (there were more but time was limited) and I had a really good time. It allowed many of us to make important connections and find a job some weeks after.
Overall it's worth it, without a doubt. Good value for the money. There's good job support.
I'm now working since the course ended (course ended on a Friday, I started on Monday) on my dream job - couldn't be happier!
Go for it, work even harder outside class, ask tons of questions, and you'll get a job.
Uk's first digital skills academy, Offers courses that fit within the SQA frameworks. Is accredited by the SQA to do so yet has no plans what so ever to be avalible for SAAS funding. That is from one of the founders own mouths. Leaving this well out of the reach of anyone without large means. Good luck if you are working class, you will need it finding the large fees.
Firstly, I have to come out and say that overall I loved the course and wouldn't trade in the experience for anything. However, at present I can't reccomend it as is because of the business model.
The tuition was great. The instructors were fantastic. I learnt tons. None of this was a problem.
The course promises help with job placements, at which point you are made to feel that – despite paying 4k – you are now nothing more than a piece of cattle. Miscommunication and false promises made to employers end in few people getting jobs quickly or being offered a job in the career that they joined the course to change from. A number of graduates were not taken seriously by the employers when they went in for developer roles and ended up being offered places in tech support or marketing.
Tragically, this trend shows little signs of slowing or changing as the head of relations with employer partners doesn't care in the slightest about the students.
Response From: Sara Dodd of CodeClan
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