You want something to change and you’re thinking about signing up for Code Institute’s Full Stack Software Development course. Why? To change your career and change your life.
With this guide, we can show you how the next few months could be mapped out for you. Changing career or upskilling can be daunting, and the volume of course material can seem daunting too, but that’s where we come in, to manage the growing expectation and leave you with a completely doable course.
We have created this guide to bring you, step by step, through the course material that will be covered in our software development program. The course material that will help you upskill, change career and ultimately change your life.
To Address Straight Away
Everyone will have their own unique reasons as to why they signed up to
Not Just The Destination – It’s The Journey Too
Every good developer needs to develop their problem-solving skills. We cannot give you the answers, but we can be there to help you find them yourself.
By being patient and working through an issue, creating a solution, you’ll be honing your independent learning skills and refining your problem-solving abilities. Although you may think it’s possible to take shortcuts, time spent working through problems is invaluable to allow you to develop your skills.
Pest Control: Debugging
Whether you’re working on the front-end or back-end, bugs are unavoidable. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can familiarise yourself with the best debugging methods and tools.
In our program we have 10 modules, 9 of which are educational and the final is a Career Guidance Module, which will help prepare you for your new career in software development.
The course is built on a foundation of “bitesize” micro-learning. It takes large, complex topics and breaks them down into more manageable ones through smaller courses, lessons and units.
Most lessons are based on rich video-based content where an instructor guides you through lessons, code, and content step-by-step.
There are quizzes and challenges at regular intervals throughout, which help you revise course material and test your coding knowledge.
The main modules of the course culminate in a set of 4 milestone projects, which you will use to form your portfolio and help you secure your first job.
HTML is a coding language and is fundamental to any front-end development. HTML is all about content and is used to arrange elements on your webpage.
As a junior software developer, this will be the foundation with which you build your house on, so it’s absolutely vital you nail this stuff down.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is another language that dovetails with HTML as it’s used to style your elements.
It allows software developers to put their own stamp on a website, creating a visual impact.
This is your final fundamentals module.
Python is a general purpose language. It’s considered very readable and is constantly evolving as a result of a large community of volunteers who improve the language.
User Centric Web Front End Development
In this module, you will evolve your HTML and CSS fundamentals, creating web pages that address user needs. You will learn how to build a responsive site. At the end of this module you will build your first milestone project.
Interactive Front End Development
You will also learn to retrieve data from external sources and how to make interactive charts that demonstrate said data. You will then build your second milestone project.
In this module, you will build upon Python Fundamentals to learn how to solve complex problems using Python. The Flask Framework also comes into play during this module and helps to create the back end section of your web application.
Data Centric Development
In this module on Data Centric Development, you will be taught how to add a database to your back-end. You will then build your third milestone project to help share information between users on different computers.
Full Stack Framework
In this module, you will take all previous learning, combine them, and build much bigger and more structured full-stack web applications.
You’ll learn how to implement payments on your webpage, and you will create your final milestone project that will encompass everything you have learned so far.
Before you start
Things you should do before you start
Take our free 5 Day Coding Challenge
It’s totally free, and you can learn about the benefits of taking it from our 5 Day Coding Challenge Blog.
Ask yourself, why am I signing up?
This is a University credit-rated program, it’s an academic commitment that depending on the hours of study you can commit to, can take you between 14-60 weeks. It’s also a financial commitment.
If you’re going to become a software developer, it will take time, and you’ll have to be prepared to work for it.
Do your own research
The world and marketplace are screaming out for Software Developers.
By 2020, there will be 1 million unfilled jobs, which is 500,000 more than there are developers.
If you have any questions about the bitesize breakdown of our Full Stack course, feel free to get in touch with one of our education advisers by arranging a strategy call, they’re the experts who can answer any questions or queries about Code Institute.