What is Makers Academy?

Makers Academy is a highly selective, 12 week full-time programme that teaches web development in London. We accept only the top applicants onto the course for a rigorous programme that culminates with the graduation day when we introduce them to London's top technology companies looking to hire entry-level developers.

Who is this course for?

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  • Complete beginners who have started coding very recently
  • Founders tired of looking for a tech co-founder for their startup
  • Project managers who want to better understand developers
  • Professionals looking for a career change into software development
  • Computer science students who need practical skills
  • Designers and IT professionals looking to augment their skills

What you'll learn

Course dates

  • 15 September 2014
  • 27 October 2014
  • 8 December 2014
  • 2 February 2015
  • 16 March 2015
  • 27 April 2015
  • 08 June 2015
  • 20 July 2015

Student experiences

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Keir Osborne

I went into the course with no back-end development experience whatsoever and just a little bit of front-end experience. After completing the course I found a full-stack Ruby on Rails development job almost immediately.
Keir now works at Survival International
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Michelle Brideau

At Makers Academy, we learned to code by spending as much time as possible actually coding. We pair-programmed, worked on group projects and got a lot of practical experience about being a developer.
Michelle now works at Sky
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Tim Boeckmann

I have wasted so many hours looking for people with the right technical skills. Makers Academy has given me two solutions to this problem. Firstly, I can build a sample product capable of proving a viable idea. Secondly, finding these skilled developers is easier now I understand the development process.
Tim is the founder of Seederboard

How will I learn?

First-hand experience

Forget rote learning and slow progress. You'll be learning from world class developers and immediately implementing the concepts into your own projects. Be prepared to drink from the firehose.


Students spend most of their time pair programming, meaning two people working together on the same code base. Pairing is a fantastic way to learn new concepts and studies have shown developer output to increase when developers pair program.

Community-driven classroom

During your hands-on training, we invite engineers from top tech companies to guide you. You'll be learning while simultaneously networking with key members in the technology community.

Project-based work

While the first half of the course focuses on the fundamentals of Web Development and the Ruby Language, the second half focuses heavily on students creating real-life projects. You will leave the course with at least 3 complete pieces of work for your portfolio, as well as a bulging Github account.

Meet the teachers

Alex Peattie

Alex worked as a software developer for Huckberry, UNESCO and YCombinator startups in the UK, Canada and the States. He often teaches the second half of the course: Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML5 APIs, etc.

Enrique Comba Riepenhausen

Enrique has almost 20 years of commercial experience, including running Path11, a boutique consultancy. He is a fervent advocate of test-driven development and the author of the book Inceptions.

Steve Lloyd

Steve worked at uSwitch, Forward, InvisibleHand and Skimlinks as a software developer using Ruby and Javascript as his languages of choice. He's extremely passionate about teaching software development.

Evgeny Shadchnev

Evgeny is a co-founder of Makers Academy. He's got experience working both as a developer and in CTO-level roles using mostly Ruby and Javascript. He's passionate about TDD and clean code.

Hiring partners

We've gone out and partnered with many of London's top technology companies. At the end of the course we'll introduce you to the companies looking to hire. Our goal is to have a 100% placement rate among graduates seeking employment, and we have a very successful track record of placing students at junior developer roles earning from £25,000 to £40,000 per year.

Please note: Our aim is to help place every graduate that wishes to work as a developer, but we cannot guarantee you a job on graduation, since your success will be down to your own hard work. We'll support you every step of the way, but your success or failure will ultimately be down to you.

If you are a company looking to hire junior developers, please get in touch.

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  • Learning cutting edge coding techniques such as agile & TDD
  • Macbook Pro Retina & 24'' display for the duration of the course
  • Our space is open from 8.30am‑9.00pm Mon‑Fri
  • Located at the heart of Silicon Roundabout with a big work space
  • Access to speakers, events and meetups in the office
  • Breakfast, coffee and snacks


from £207 / month

Based on Student Funder payment plan with an upfront payment of £1200 followed by 30 Monthly installments of £207 starting 3 months after graduation.

Due to high demand, a non-refundable £800 deposit will be required to guarantee your seat on the course.

We have other payment plans and a scholarship for women.