Frequently Asked Questions


Application

What is the application process?

Applying for our bootcamps, short courses and Undergraduate Certificates is easy and can be done online. Someone will then be in touch to confirm and finalise your enrolment. 

Are there any prerequisites?

No. You just need to be interested in coding, and possess a willingness to learn.

I don't have any coding experience, can I still do this course?

Yes! Although, we do recommend you try out some basic coding like building a simple webpage just so you know what you're signing up for. 

I have coding experience. Is this course right for me?

Absolutely, we see a wide variety of students coming in, some will have tech and even programming experience, some might even have engineering or computer science degrees. Unfortunately, a lot of programming education does not prepare you for a career, or for hands on product building. Our courses are the perfect way to transform existing general technical skills into a high demand career.

If I apply for a bootcamp, when do I know I got in?

We process applications constantly and will have an answer for you within 2 days.

I am an international student. Can I get a visa for this course?

While we would love to have you study with us, our programs are now 100% online and we are unable to offer these programs to any applicant requiring a student visa to commence their studies in Australia with us.

The good news is we do offer a Higher Education Diploma of Information Technology with our sister school AIT. The Diploma has CRICOS approval and you can study on-campus in Sydney or Melbourne.

Do I need my own computer or special software?

The software is free, but you will need a reasonably current computer to develop on, i.e. 2016 or newer, and have at least 8GB of RAM. You'll have a better time with Mac or Linux. If you have a Windows laptop, we're happy to help you set up a Virtual Machine.

Are there any scholarships available?

We offer a variety of partial/full scholarships offered by both our company and other potential employers including Diversity in Tech. Visit this page for more information.

I am under 18. Can I still do the course?

We do accept students as young as 16 on a case by case basis into our program with the permission and signed release from a guardian.

What should I do to prepare for the course?

Depending on the course you choose there are a variety of online pre-learning modules that can be taken to give you some basic foundations. These will be supplied to you once your application is complete.

Can I get recognition for courses that I have done previously that are similar to this course, or for industry experience?

Yes, credit transfers and recognition of prior learning (RPL) are available. To apply you must submit an application form to Student Services. Your application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Lead Educator, who will decide whether you are eligible for a credit transfer or RPL.

What spec laptop will provide the best experience?

Minimum Mac specifications:
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB hard drive
  • 13" screen
  • A base model 13" Macbook Air is all you need.

Minimum Windows specifications
  • 16GB RAM
  • 128GB hard drive
  • 13" screen
  • Windows users will be encouraged to install Linux or use a Linux Virtual Machine so higher RAM is recommended.
Curriculum

Who are the teachers?

All of our teachers have a deep understanding of the programming industry and have worked with small and large teams in creating commercial products. They've worked in agencies, software companies, and non-tech companies and know what it takes to be successful in all.

What is in the curriculum?

A hands on introduction to all the critical skills and concepts needed to understand web development, followed by challenges to cement and deepen your skills. You learn by making, and the teachers guide you through it.

Are you an accredited school?

Yes, all of our qualifications are nationally recognised.

What coding languages will students learn?

The course focuses on the latest web application development languages and frameworks currently relevant in the industry. These skills are in high demand from both tech startups and large companies that are embracing technology.

You will be taught: Python, Flask, React, NodeJS, ExpressJS, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Do you teach coding fundamentals?

Of course! Coder Academy aims to teach you both the tech you'll need to break into the tech industry now and the concepts that will keep you in stead for a long, successful career! You'll learn the functional and object oriented programming paradigms, database design, and a fair slab of networking or 'how the web works', as part of your immersive coding bootcamp experience.

What kind of projects do people build?

For our bootcamps, students will complete three major projects and a series of challenges. For the shorter workshops, the focus is usually 1 main project. We introduce current real-world projects for you to work on or encourage you to bring your own ideas to create a product of your own choosing.

Day to Day

May I talk to any past students?

Of course! We have a strong alumni of past graduates. Read our testimonials and ask us to put you in touch with fellow technology enthusiasts. We also host regular talks with recent and past graduates.

What does a typical day look like?

Some weeks are full of lessons and challenges, others are entirely project work. For our bootcamps, you have the option to choose the study mode that will best suit your lifestyle. Accelerated bootcamp students will make coding their life for six months of intensive learning, while Standard track bootcamp students can study in the evenings and on weekends to fit study around other life commitments. 

What kind of people will be in the class with me?

People who are passionate about technology and want to learn to code. We get a nice mix of reasonably code savvy individuals and complete newbies - it all adds to create a stimulating learning environment.

Do you offer any housing?

No. However, we can assist with some accommodation service providers.

Is food supplied?

No, however on occasion we may have a catered meal for an in-person event or celebration.

What time commitment is needed?

There are two delivery options for our Web Development Bootcamps. 

Standard: 21 hours per week

8 hours of Live Classes | 13 hours of Facilitated Self-Study

Accelerated: 35 hours per week

12 hours of Live Classes | 23 hours of Facilitated Self-Study

Can I work while doing the program?

The Accelerated bootcamp is designed for a fully immersive experience and we would not recommend trying to work around the classes as a lot of extra time is needed to build your projects and sharpen your skills.

Our Standard track bootcamp primarily delivers Live Classes in the evenings and on weekends, however you will be responsible for devoting adequate hours to Self-Study. 

We do have other courses that are held in the evenings/weekends or that are self-paced and are designed to fit in around a full time work schedule.

Is it full time in class or can I do some remotely?

We offer a 100% virtual learning environment, allowing you to learn with us from anywhere in Australia. 

It is important to treat Live Classes as you would any other face-to-face lesson and to turn up on time, however, the location is up to you!

Do you offer this course in part-time mode?

The Accelerated coding bootcamp is an intensive full-time program designed to help students become full stack developers in 6 months. It is a proven method, pioneered in the US, for efficiently producing highly employable graduates.

We also offer a 10-month Standard track bootcamp which contains the same course load, but with Live Classes scheduled for the evenings and weekends. At 21 hours per week, the Standard bootcamp is still an intense learning experience, however, it offers a great alternative to allow students more flexibility with their time.

What if I miss a few days of class?

If you miss a class or session, you will be expected to make up for the work missed. You can speak to your educator or a member from Student Services at any time if you are concerned you are falling behind. 

Post Course & Employment

What is a junior developer?

At the end of your Web Development Bootcamp, you will have the skills and knowledge of a job-ready junior developer. 

A junior developer is someone who is just starting their career in software and will benefit from a mentor. A junior developer is much like any other entry level role. You'll need to continue to seek knowledge to grow more experienced in your role with any company you join.

Is a job guaranteed?

While a high percentage of our graduates become employed either with their internship company or post-graduation we cannot guarantee job placement. However, every student who graduates and follows our job search plan will find robust career support throughout their tech journey!

What is the industry average salary earned by a software developer?

Junior developers in Australia can expect an average salary of $81k per year, and entry-level developers $93k per year according to Indeed. Developer salaries were said to average $104k annually, and senior developer salaries $122k.

SEEK puts a typical developer salary at $110k annually.