If you’re parent to a young person who’s thinking of joining our Master: Coding course, you’ll want to get acquainted with what we teach and what their prospects will be once they graduate.

Here we run through the basics of the course, its key topics and the types of job offers our students can expect to receive.

Master: Coding Course Overview

The Master: Coding course lasts for 12 weeks and students attend classes full-time, Monday to Friday.

Unlike some coding courses, which take place over the internet, Master: Coding is taught face-to-face at one of our UK-based campuses. This helps our students build a bond with their instructors and get a better quality of education.  

The course teaches students the fundamentals of coding and grows their learning from there. We’re accessible and inclusive, and even provide the MacBooks students work on, so anyone who wants to learn to code can join. In fact, 86% of our graduates started with little to no coding experience.

In addition to technical knowledge, the course places an emphasis on skills that will prepare students for life in the working world. This means that we teach key commercial skills (such as learning tools like Kanban boards and understanding the agile methodology) and soft skills like team-work.

Best of all, our curriculum has been built in collaboration with our partner businesses, or ‘Pledgers’. We call them this because they have pledged to interview our Master: Coding graduates for a job at the end of their course, and in return they have the opportunity to shape what we teach.

Master: Coding Course Topics

There are six main areas taught on the Master: Coding course, which are as follows:

  • Coding Fundamentals and the Principles of Good Technical Design

This unit teaches students the mindset they’ll need to adopt in order to become software developers and programmers. With a focus on problem-solving, the first unit gets students to understand that coding is about more than knowing languages and that the true art of coding lies in the ability to mix creativity with technical expertise.

  • Front-End Development

Front-end development typically refers to the practice of coding the user graphic interfaces seen on websites and apps. In the course’s second unit, students start learning the coding languages they’ll need throughout their coding careers. With JavaScript taken as the focal point, students are also taught how to use HTML, CSS, SCSS, React and Bootstrap as we look to give them a well-rounded view of front-end development.

  • Back-End Development

The opposite of front-end development, back-end development involves the coding of the logical elements which determine how a website or app works. In this unit, students will learn how to use Node.js and Express JS (applications which allow students to experiment and test their JavaScript code) as well as learning application program interface (APIs) that allow the integration of elements such as Google Maps and YouTube.

  • How To Be A Valuable Digital Professional

Knowing how to code is one thing, but we pride ourselves on producing coders that are work-ready as soon as they graduate from Code Nation. In the fourth unit, we teach additional, non-coding skills that will help students make a seamless transition into the workplace including teaching them how to use timesheets and the basics of project management to name but a few.

  • Employer-Sponsored Project

As the course nears its end, students get a taste of the business world by completing a two-week project of their own choosing. The project can be focused on one of their prefered topics from the previous weeks, and important the project will be created in conjunction with one of our partner businesses.

  • Cyber Security

With the security of businesses around the globe becoming an increasingly important issue, we finish the Master: Coding course with a whistle-stop tour of the fundamentals of cyber security.

What Else Do Code Nation Students Learn?

As well as teaching our students the principles of coding and sharing the skills needed to thrive in a work environment, we also teach extracurricular sessions designed to promote a positive attitude. We do this through mindfulness sessions, yoga and workshops on teamwork.

While these areas don’t count towards the qualification itself, they do give students a chance to improve their personal development and offer them an awareness of the world they’re about the jump into.

What Happens After The Course Is Over?

Upon finishing the course, students are given a Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills and will follow one of two paths.

If they’ve taken up an apprenticeship (which can be done either prior to starting or during the early stage of their course), they will begin a 12-month placement at their new place of work. Throughout this period, we’ll continue to support them by offering skills workshops and one-on-one progress sessions.

Students who aren’t on an apprenticeship aren’t left to fend for themselves though, as we guarantee every Code Nation graduate a minimum of three interviews with businesses who are a part of our Pledger program.

Some of our partners include Sky, BBC and Transport for Greater Manchester, so our students will get the chance of a job offer from some amazing companies. We currently have an employment rate of over 90%, showing that the course can open the door to an incredible career in tech.

In Summary

The Code Nation Master: Coding course is a great way to launch into an exciting industry, and with a thorough, diverse curriculum at its heart, students and parents alike can rest assured that they’ll leave us with everything they need to succeed in the world of coding.

To hear more about the coding courses on offer from Code Nation, get in touch with us today or drop by one of our open evenings to check out our classrooms!

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