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Courses: Web Development Bootcamp

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Online, Bristol, Manchester, Cambridge, London

About Makers Academy

Makers Academy is a highly selective 12 week, full-time program (preceded by a four-week pre-course) which teaches web development. Based in London, England the course is delivered fully remotely and is open to anyone in the world who meets the coding... Read More

The course has been designed by a team of inspirational software engineers with strong backgrounds in educational psychology, enabling students to master any technology in today's marketplace. As big believers in self-directed learning, students finish the course as a confident and independent software engineer ready to hit the ground running.

There's a focus on life-long learning skills, while the course includes technical tests, working on open-source code or even working with the Makers engineering team on live, real-world, production code.

We have an incredibly popular emotional intelligence curriculum as well, with virtual yoga and meditation support, because world-class software developers are great communicators and collaborators as well as great coders.

Makers has the largest dedicated career coaching team in the industry providing 1:1 support to help you launch your tech career. We have relationships with over 250 of London’s top technology companies looking to hire (including but not limited to Deliveroo, British Gas, Starling Bank, Financial Times, Compare The Market.com, and Tesco). We also have the largest alumni network in the UK.

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Courses

Web Development Bootcamp

  • Cost: £8,000
  • Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online, Bristol, Manchester, Cambridge, London
Course Description:

Firsthand Experience

Forget rote learning and slow progress. You'll be learning from world class developers and immediately implementing the concepts into your own projects. Be prepared to drink from the firehose.

Community-driven Classrooms

During your hands on training, we invite engineers from top tech companies to guide you. You'll be learning while simultaneously networking with key members in the technology community.

Pairing

Students spend about 50-70% of their time pair programming, meaning two people working together on the same code base. Pairing is a fantastic way to learn new concepts and studies have shown developer output to INCREASE when developers pair program.

Project-Based Work

While the first half of the course focuses on the fundamentals of Web Development and the Ruby Language, the second half focuses heavily on students creating real-life projects. You will leave the course with at least 3 complete pieces of work for your portfolio, as well as a bulging Github account and plenty of points on Stack Overflow.

Makers Academy Reviews

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4.72/5

(295 reviews)
    6/10/2020
  • Harry Turnbull
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"A transformative 16 weeks"

Overall I think Makers is absolutely brilliant.

It's exactly what I wanted from a bootcamp, namely a lot of exposure to technologies and methodologies I would have otherwise struggled with learning by myself, and excellent support from experienced coaches.... Read More

There's also a great alumni community (which I have just become a part of).

They start you off with 4 weeks of independent learning and challenges (the pre-course) before the course (12 weeks) starts in earnest, which is where the real magic happens.

The course starts with Ruby (a language I really enjoy), which has a clean and simple syntax, allowing you to focus on programming concepts you can take to any language (which you do then apply when learning JavaScript). This approach allows you to build skills that you can apply to any field or language. For your final project you can decide on anything at all, even applying your newfound learning skills to get to grips with tech you have never used before to great effect.

The style is mainly self-led learning, with provided materials to for you to use, but you are also encouraged to learn from other materials you can find. I really like this approach as it has set me up to be a lifelong tech learner, rather than struggling to learn on my own once the course finished.

The coaches are there for you to get feedback on what you have done yourself, and to help you get unblocked in sticky situations, rather than to spoon feed you information. I think this is representative of the working world as a junior dev.
Because of this, you learn a lot about communication and teamwork, as its often other members of your cohort that you turn to first when you have a problem.

That said, the course is tough because of this, don't expect an easy ride. It will be uncomfortable and hard at times, but hopefully that signals that you are growing and improving. Self discipline to be on time and put the effort in, willingness to trust in the course's process, and the ability to give things a go when you aren't entirely sure of yourself will all serve you well on this course.

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    5/19/2020
  • Patrick Oliver | Software Developer
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"The Direction and Guidance I needed"

Have you ever wanted to learn something, but you just can't fathom how to begin learning?

I doubt I will ever face this problem again thanks to the self learning skills that Makers Academy has set me up with.

The holistic approach to their learning is... Read More

This truly has been an amazing experience, One I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interesting in forging a career in tech.

Just do it!

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    5/19/2020
  • Ben Galley | Junior Full Stack Developer
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great foundations for a career in code!"

Makers provides a fantastic introduction into being a programmer and focuses on core principles such as pair programming, TDD and agile team work that help prepare you for a career as a developer. The bootcamp promotes self-led learning and aims to set... Read More

Self-led learning was frustrating at times, as I wanted more technical teaching from the coaches, but I do now feel more confident to find answers myself as a result. This is not for everyone and requires self-discipline to get the most out of the bootcamp.

What Makers do brilliantly is provide a fantastic learning environment and bring you together with a cohort of people at the same or similar level to you. This was what really made the experience for me. Meeting other career changers, sharing the journey and learning together was a great experience.

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    5/11/2020
  • James Oddy
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Life changing course with a fantastic atmosphere"

- No prior knowledge of coding is required (other than some basic ruby achieved through codecademy).
- Provides a perfect atmosphere to meet new people, make friends and learn in a safe environment.
- Course content is engaging, challenging and rewarding... Read More

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    5/11/2020
  • Sophia Bell
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"An interesting and eclectic experience"

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started Makers having not been in a learning environment for a number of years. I'm happy to say that I've really enjoyed the last 4 months. I've learnt so much in such a short space of time and been able to do so with... Read More

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    5/6/2020
  • Toby Dawson
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Engaging, fun, hard and rewarding"

I really enjoyed my Makers experience, the course is really well thought out and keeps you busy 100% of the time. Being onsite at Makers breeds a really brilliant work environment and atmosphere. The pair programming and team projects are really well... Read More

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    4/24/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Ideal for Back-end developer"

Great points:
-Great atmosphere, you get to meet people, make friends etc. For someone like me, this is great.
-Course content is actually interesting AND effective! you will forget about doing udemy or udacity (both of which are low quality, although... Read More

Things to note:
- For those people who have already decided on getting a front end position, this might not be a 'direct' solution as the front end part is quite small. So you might have to take some time (1-2 months) coming out of the course to learn the front end in order to apply for front end positions. I did not pass some React technical tests because I was not fully prepared. The majority of students got back end jobs I would say.
- Which brings me to the second subject: when coming out of the course you need to have a 'strategy', and this point had not been stressed as much as I would like, mainly because everyone's strategy, interests, and goals are different. But I still think there should be some talk about what the 'market' wants. There are a couple of strategies, such as learning a new language that you like, learning front end, etc. When you see openings on the web, there are about 50% front end positions and 50% back end positions, but there are less back end positions that fit if you are just coming out of the course. This is due to the fact that:
1) There are lot of 'old' back end jobs (PHP for example), which require a bit more study time
2) Some companies in the UK (and around the world) are a bit reluctant to hire juniors for back end positions (you might be dealing with important databases, etc), and many are not aware of what bootcamps do and the quality they provide.
3) People are more willing to let people do the front end and it can be regarded as an 'easy route in'.
A couple of strategies (depending on what your interests are):
- learn React (for 1 month) and get it 'sorted', apply for React positions at startups. Pro: there are a lot of demand, and you will get a job.
- learn another back end language which you like
- 'red sea' strategy: learn python and compete with every other guy and his dog who are learning python these days. Why? because you love it.
- if not under too much time pressure, take a step back, and do some interviews, see what sort of stuff you like, and learn that technology well. Generally if its early stage startups, there is more demand for front end.

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    4/20/2020
  • Katie Rodgers
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great atmosphere with lots of encouragement to become a developer."

Supportive staff who want you to succeed. A fast paced course to introduce you with some of the needed skills to get a job as a dev. Lots of focus on wellbeing and becoming a better and more rounded person. Would be better if there were staff available... Read More

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    4/9/2020
  • Anonymous
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Enjoyed the course, great atmosphere, great people."

Fast paced and lots of learning so be ready for that, but importantly they facilitate this with a productive and positive environment.
Good coaching, you get out what you put in.
Great careers advice, again take advantage of the services and their advice... Read More

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    3/12/2020
  • Ben Stuart
  • Web Development Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Such a great development process for not only learning to code, but for growing as an individual"

I am a Makers graduate and I can say Makers has been such a great experience for me and I would definitely do it again if I could; I highly recommend this course to anyone who is willing to change their life and begin to learn code. If you put in the... Read More

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Makers Academy's average rating is 4.72 out of 5.0 based on 295 review(s).

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