Applications for 2023 are now closed
Are you interested in a career in the tech industry but think that you’re not techie enough? Find out more about the range of roles in tech
The University is running a free part-time online ‘Step into Tech’ programme for students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who have studied any degree outside of computer science.
This programme aims to provide an introduction to different elements of tech for students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who did not study Computer Science, but who want to explore these in a safe environment.
As well as developing beginner level tech capabilities and understanding, a strong aim of the programme is to provide:
You will be introduced to a new technical area every week and the curriculum will be designed in the context of a tech industry project/requirement to enable you to see how different tech functions and teams and roles work together. This will then help you understand which areas might fit best for you. The technical areas you will cover include User Interface (design and implementation), coding, data analysis and design and development process. Read more in the programme outline.
You will have access to personal development weekly sessions delivered by tech professionals and tech coaches to support your understanding and preparation for working in a tech professional working environment.
Every week we will also focus on a particular tech career role which aligns with that week’s curriculum, where you will hear from a professional in that role to gain a better understanding of what that role entails and how they got into that role. Finally, there will be careers sessions to support you to prepare for your next steps after the programme.
The programme is designed to be maximum 12 hours per week including self study time. There will be weeks when this time commitment is lower than 12 hours.
This roughly breaks down per week to a maximum requirement of 4 hours pre-recorded teaching, 2 hours live seminars/support, 4 hours self study, up to 2 hours personal development and careers support.
We ask that you are available for the live elements of this programme to best support your learning and professional development.
The programme begins on Monday 31 July 2023 and will finish on Sunday 24 September 2023.
Please make sure you are available for the welcome session on Monday 31 July from 6 to 7.30pm AND at least one of the following days and times every week throughout the programme for practicals:
Please also note that office hours will be available:
This programme has been designed and created by academics in Computer Science and Interactive Media at the University of York, with contributions, advice and guidance from a number of employers in the tech industry.
The programme has specifically been designed with graduates from non technical degree backgrounds with little or no knowledge and experience of tech.
There will be a number of employer and professionals who will be delivering personal development, careers support and some technical content every week.
A laptop, reliable internet connection and time to progress through the content every week.
The University is investing in this high quality programme specifically for York graduates and current students, who were home students with one or more of these personal circumstances:
Complete the application form in Handshake.
Applications are now closed for 2023.