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The Ultimate Guide to Manchester Coding Schools, Coding Clubs, Coding Bootcamps and Meetups

As our Digital Skills Audits continually identify, companies in Greater Manchester struggle when it comes to finding developers.

If the region’s tech sector is to develop into a world-leading region of tech excellence, we need to address this problem.

As such, we thought it would be helpful to help more people get into our industry by creating an article that compiles the various coding boot camps, meetups, clubs and resources available within Greater Manchester – of which there are many.

Before we let you get on with investigating this list, we wanted to quickly remind you that as a membership organisation, we’re working tirelessly on behalf of our members to do all that we can to plug the skills gap and help them to succeed. 

We do this by

  • Encouraging young people into considering tech careers through Digital Futures and Digital Her
  • Encouraging tech talent to move to the region via our #RelocateMCR campaign
  • Facilitating member discussion and action via our Employer’s Forum
  • Promoting initiatives that are already taking place within the region
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Manchester Code Clubs and Meetups

codebar Manchester

What is it? - codebar is a non-profit initiative that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running regular programming workshops.

How much is it? -codebar’s regular workshops and events are free in line with codebar’s desire to make technology and coding more accessible.

Where is it - Central Manchester

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Social - @codebarManc


Code and Stuff

What is it? - A weekly coding community for women and non-binary people

How much is it? - Attendance is free

Where is it? - Central Manchester

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Social - @Codeandstuff_uk


Manchester CoderDojo


What is it? - Manchester CoderDojo is a volunteer-led community group for young people learning to code and make things.

How much is it? - Completely free

Where is it? -The Sharp Project

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Social - @McrCoderDojo


Trafford CoderDojo

What is it? - Running once a month with free computing and coding- based activities for children in Trafford. 

How much is it? -Completely free

Where is it? - Sale Library

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Social - @TraffordCDojo


Command Shift

What is it? - Web Development Mastery is our fully-comprehensive Web Development course. It’ll take you from complete beginner to industry-ready Web Developer in just 28 weeks. And even better, it’s completely self-led and remote. Adapted from our former part-time course, BOOTCAMP, Web Development Mastery is for anyone who wants to learn and career change in little time.

How much is it? - £25 Per Month

Where is it? - Central Manchester

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Code Nation

What is it? - Business-led coding school and apprenticeship providers committed to creating talent that will fill the digital skills gap. 

How much is it? - Their 12-week Master course costs £7200. 

Where is it? - Central Manchester, Trafford, Chester and Cambridge. 

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Social - @wearecodenation

Special info - Code Nation’s website tells us that they work with over 200 businesses across the UK and have found employment for over 90% of their graduates - with starting salaries ranging from £18k to £35k. Code Nation also provide all students with a MacBook Pro for the duration of their course!


What is it? - A coding boot camp that will teach you to code from scratch in as little as 12 weeks and then find you Software Developer work.

How much is it? - £6000

Where is it? - Central Manchester

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Social - @northcoders

Special info - Northcoders’ website tells us that their average graduate starting salary is £25k


What is it? - Recode provides a 14-week, full-time free coding education for individuals who belong to underrepresented groups within the technology industry and to anyone for whom adversity or financial hardship acts as a barrier to entry.

How much is it? - Completely free

Where is it? -Bolton

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Special info - Recode operate a ‘pay it forward’ model, where they encourage learners to pass on the benefits that they have gained once they have graduated from the course.

Code Your Future

What is it? - Code Your Future is a non-profit organisation supporting refugees, asylum seekers and underprivileged individuals with the dream of becoming software developers.

How much is it? - Free but participants have to be ready to commit over 30 hours of learning per week.

Where it is? - Started in London but now expanding into Manchester

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Social - @CodeYourFuture_

Special info - Code Your Future need professionals from the tech industry to join their mentorship programme and give student guidance and support.

Tech Returners

What is it? - Tech Returners aims to remove the barriers that returners of all ages, genders and life circumstances face after a career break and, as a result, help to tackle the skills shortage in tech. Their course takes participants through a structure that covers both the fundamentals of software development, frontend development skills and backend development skills. 

How much is it? - Free 15 week course

Where it is? - Central Manchester

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Social - @techreturners

Django Girls

What is it? - Django Girls is a free programming workshop for women.

How much is it? - Completely free

Where is it? - Central Manchester

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Social - @DjangoGirlsMCR

Special info - Travel costs may be provided for those who cannot afford to get into Manchester

Online Coding Schools and Resources

Code Possible

What is it? - Code Possible is a software development learning resources platform 

How much is it? - Completely free

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What is it? - Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, and Sass

How much is it? - Courses start from £23.99 per month

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What is it? - Free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs.

How much is it? - Completely free



Microsoft Virtual Academy

What is it? - Free IT training for Developers, IT Pros, Data Scientists, and students.

How much is it? - Completely free

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