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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 Code Institute. However, there are a few things that apply to everyone.

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.

Course Content

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.

Core Modules

HTML

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

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.

JavaScript

In this module, you will learn the concepts of imperative and object-oriented programming to enable you to create interactive front-end experiences and solve problems using JavaScript.

Python Fundamentals

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.

Advanced Modules

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

During this module, you will build upon your JavaScript fundamentals to develop interactive web applications which respond to a user’s actions.

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.

Practical Python

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 Code Institute’s Full Stack Software Development Programme.

Take our free 5 Day Coding Challenge

Our 5 Day Coding Challenge is a great way to test your aptitude for coding. It will give you a taste of what online learning is like, as well as teach you the very basics.

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.

So, we recommend taking some time to investigate the ICT marketplace, and see for yourself the opportunities that are out there.

Any questions?

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.