/Skills Bootcamp in Software Development

Provided by: Durham University

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 16/10/2021

End date: 04/02/2022

Course length: 14 weeks

Subjects: Web development

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Skills Bootcamp overview

The Skills Bootcamp in Software Development is a 14-week programme designed to train individuals into an entry-level Software Developer role, the course includes weekly tutor-led online lectures and workshops, independent online study, 3 intensive half-day online events, networking, careers fairs, one to one mentoring and motivation building sessions, totalling an average of 16.5 hours learning per week.

Who is this Skills Bootcamp for

This Skills Bootcamp is designed for individuals with little to no previous tech sector experience who are interested in training into a Software Developer role or the self-employed who wish to incorporate Software Development into their business. Applications are welcomed from those currently in employment and seeking to move elsewhere or achieve promotion and those who have been unemployed for up to 12 months and are seeking to return to work.


The blended learning approach of this Skills Bootcamp makes it ideal for those needing flexibility, all independent study can be completed at a time to suit you with live teaching also recorded for those unable to attend.


Learners must be:

  • Aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Agree to provide the mandatory personal data upfront and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 6 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp, see individual boot camp listing for further details
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role that utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp


Be either

  • employed/self-employed, or
  • career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • unemployed within the last 12 months

Employers will be able to send existing employees who meet the Skills Bootcamp eligibility requirements on this training at an impressive 70% discount. Interested employers should contact the individual Skills Bootcamp provider.


Applicants will be asked to take a critical thinking and maths quiz, with a guideline pass mark, this will not be mandatory but will be recommended to help the applicant consider their own suitability for this Skills Bootcamp.

What will I learn

Topics covered will include:

  • Foundations of software engineering
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Programming 1 – Python
  • Programming 2 – Java
  • Software Testing
  • Devops
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Creating pathways to employment

How has the Skills Bootcamp been designed/created with employer input?

TechUP industry partners form our Industry Advisory Board, which consults on and reviews all Skills Bootcamp content, ensuring that the course includes training on the day to skills needed for an entry-level Data Engineering role. Where applicable industry partners are also invited to supply training materials and/or topic speakers. This process ensures that learners are acquiring the right day-to-day skills required by the employers that will be offering interviews at the end of the Skills Bootcamp.


How are employers involved in the delivery of this Skills Bootcamp?


Employers are involved in delivery in the following ways:

  • Specialist speakers
  • Careers fairs
  • Mentoring
  • Interview practice
  • Blog articles
  • Case Studies
  • Practical projects

 What are the routes to employment following successful completion?

All learners will be offered the opportunity to interview with one of our industry partners which include:

  • BJSS
  • MSP
  • CapitalOne
  • Opencast Software
  • Peratech

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