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Community FAQ

Will CFG be running another class soon?

We place new classes on our website on a rolling basis throughout the year. Our biggest course announcements are usually in January and September when our university courses go online.

Can I apply to more than one class at a time?

We ask that potential students only apply to one course at a time. This allows us to get back to you much faster, and also ensure that students don’t end up with multiple spaces assigned to them unnecessarily.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

We recommend that students take just one course at a time in order to manage their workload. A number of students who take more than one course at a time end up having to drop out, giving up space which then cannot be reassigned.

What equipment do I need?

You need a working laptop or desktop computer. This can be Mac, Linux, or Windows. Participants using Chromebooks may run into some difficulties. Ipads or other tablets will not work with the courses.

What is the difference between Coding Kickstarter and CFG MOOCs?

Our CFG MOOCs classes are one-off taster sessions to give you a greater understanding of a certain programming language. These are not certified. Coding Kickstarter classes are 8 weeks long and will be certified.

Why was I rejected from the course I applied to when I fit the eligibility criteria?

Unfortunately, our courses have a capacity of between 35-40, but we receive almost 3 times this number in applications. Please don’t take the decision personally, as we try to accommodate every student that we can. All applicants are welcome to apply again at a later date, and we try to accept everyone where possible.

Are you charging money for your courses now? I thought they were free.

Just as before, our Coding Kickstarter courses are totally free. However, we get a lot of interest in courses from women outside our eligibility criteria who are interested in switching to a career in tech. In order to provide opportunities for these women, we offer Career Switcher courses in python, data science and web development for a steeply subsidised rate. These courses are offered throughout the year, and registration guarantees a place on the course.

Will the class be taught remotely?

Yes, Code First Girls classes will be delivered remotely for the foreseeable future.

Do I need any tech background to take the class? 

No, our Coding Kickstarter classes are for complete beginners.

Who is teaching the class?

Our trained technical instructors will be delivering the classes.

Is there eligibility criteria for CFG Coding Kickstarter classes?

Our free Coding Kickstarter classes have the following eligibility criteria, you must identify as a woman or non-binary and be:

  • Aged 18-23 years old OR

  • completed studies in the past two years (18+ years old) OR

  • currently studying (18+ years old)

We offer paid career switcher courses for women who don’t meet the eligibility criteria for our free courses. You can find out more about our Career Switcher courses here. They cost £685 per course and we do sometimes offer scholarships. Our paid classes are two evenings a week (6-8 pm) for one month.