Applying To Manchester Codes? — Top Tips To Help You Get Through The Interview

As the UK’s first part-time coding bootcamp, we see a huge amount of applications slide into our inbox. Due to the level of competition, these potential students are required to go through a strict application process. Here’s some tips to help you prepare for the interview:

  1. Be Prepared For Hard Work

It may sound obvious but people often underestimate the meaning of a coding bootcamp and what it entails. Manchester Codes is an intensive course that is designed to teach you a completely new skill-set and to ultimately become a junior developer in just 24 weeks. We’re not going to sugarcoat it — its tough — and most students complete the course while holding up a full-time job. While we’re here to help you every step of the way, its imperative that you are prepared to put in the 20 hours of work per week to make the most out of your learning experience.

2. Learn Some JavaScript

All applicants are required to complete chapters 1 to 7 of Codecademy’s JavaScript course prior to interview and will be asked to complete some basic exercises based on these chapters. So we can tell pretty quickly if you haven’t taken time to complete it.

3. Show Us Some Enthusiasm!

There are tonnes of free online resources at your disposal — Codecademy, Codewars, CodeinGame, FreeCodeCamp, plus free events/workshops in Manchester including Codebar & Code First Girls. If you want to stand out from the other applicants, especially if you are applying for a scholarship, make the most out of these resources and come prepared to the interview with evidence of what you’ve learnt so far. But above all, tell us why you want to learn code and take on a new challenge — we are looking for your determination and enthusiasm to learning.

4. Don’t be scared

With all of the above said we do understand that you’re a beginner, and we want you to remember that this interview is as much about you as it is about us! We’re here to sell you the course so please bring any questions or concerns you might have and we will provide you with everything you need to know before you make your decision.

The biggest step is applying! We look forward to meeting you soon :-)


Applications close soon for our next cohort. Please visit our website for more info or feel free to get in touch with any questions. You can also read about what goes on in our classes here.