Free tutorials are great places to start. Some of our students have started with these
but eventually joined FSC for two main reasons:
Greater accountability. It's very easy to quit a free online course or not take it seriously enough.
Dedicating a specific period of time for learning with a group of likeminded peers makes a big difference.
It's easy to get stuck as a beginner. You can Google around and ask for help on forums when you're
learning on free platforms, but by the time you get a good answer it's likely you've already switched
gears. Having a dedicated person who is paid to help you through challenges will dramatically accelerate
Introduction to Coding
is a highly optimized 4-week course that is designed to benefit a few different
types of people:
- Prospective bootcamp applicants who are considering a career change into coding
- Managers, product managers,project managers, analysts, founders, scientists, and others who want to become
"code literate" so they can communicate better with coders they work with
- Anyone who wants to learn just enough coding to start automating some of their work
is an extended 8-week course that covers everything from the Introduction to Coding course
- 2 weeks of additional intermediate lessons
- An instructor-supported final web project that brings together everything you've learned
- A final mock bootcamp interview with a Bootcamp Readiness score & recommended next steps
also costs an additional $500. All alumni from both courses are eligible for tuition credits
at partner bootcamps.
Ultimately, this depends on your circumstances and your learning style.
Our founders have a long history with operating remote environments, and we've done our best to make the
online program "virtually identical" to the in-person program. We do live meetings with small groups over
video for the same periods of time as our in-person class, we cover the same curriculum, and we use all the
same tools. We've figured out a number of ways to keep the experience engaging and to create the same level
of individual accountability as our in-person course.
We're also able to offer the online course at a significantly lower price. This is simply because it doesn't
cost as much to operate a virtual classroom – we don't have to pay for physical space, and our instructors
have easier commutes.
With all that said, some people have told us they simply know themselves, and they know they need the ceremony
of learning in a physical classroom to be successful.
The biggest difference is our small class sizes. You're going to be in a group of just 5-10 people, and the help ratio will
always be 5:1 or better. This allows the teachers to immediately identify and react to any learning roadblocks.
In many ways, this will feel like personalized tutoring in a group setting.
Each location has different teachers, but all of our instructors have technical training through either a university or bootcamp,
and they have all worked professionally as software engineers. You can read more about our instructors
There are other bootcamp prep courses out there, but most are attached to schools that also provide an immersive bootcamp
course. These prep courses are often simply treated as funnels, and there's always going to be an inherent
bias for a business to direct you toward their own continuation programs.
First Step Coding focuses exclusively on introductory coding, so we are optimized for it, and we have no
interest in selling you on our own immersive program (we don't have one). Part of our offering is that we
connect you with alumni (not admissions staff) from a variety of programs to give you a truly unfiltered
and unbiased view of the landscape.
All bootcamps are not created equally, and the best ones have high admissions bars. You are expected to already be "code
literate" and able to solve simple problems on the fly in order to be admitted.
The Bootcamp Prep course is designed to introduce programming fundamentals and prepare you for acing these
interviews. The experience will also give you a glimpse of what programming is really like on a part-time
basis before you fully commit to a full-time program. Last, but certainly not least, coming into a bootcamp
with the fundamentals out of the way will leave you with more time to focus on the advanced skills that companies
are actually hiring for.
We feel very strongly about the value of small classes with high instructor coverage. We'll never put you in a room with
more than 12 students. For groups larger than five, we'll have both an instructor and teaching assistant
present, maintaining a 1:5 or better ratio of teachers to learners.
We meet two evenings per week (either in-person or online) from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. During Bootcamp Prep, some modules are self-paced
or meet less frequently. Details for each cohort can be found on the respective course page and syllabus.
Our courses are offered both online and in-person. In-person locations include Boston and San Francisco.
If you have to miss just one class, we will work with you to get you caught up. We'll share notes and a video capture of
the lesson with you, and our instructors will make themselves available to answer questions for you during
Depending on scheduling, you might also have an opportunity to make up the class you missed at a different
location or online.
If you know you'll have to miss multiple classes, we recommend you register for a later course.
- Introduction to Coding Online (4 weeks): $1,499
- Introduction to Coding In-Person (4 weeks): $1,999
- Bootcamp Prep Online (8 weeks): $1,999
- Bootcamp Prep In-Person (8 weeks): $2,499
It's also important to factor in the up to $2,000 in tuition credits you'll get back to use at one of our
partner bootcamps. In some cases, this makes First Step Coding effectively free! You can check out our list
of partners and promotion specifics
Sure! We'd love to chat. Our staff reserves a portion of their time for simply advising new coders. You can book a free 15-minute
call with an advisor right