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Step into Tech

Step into Tech. Your launch pad for tech careers

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. 

What is the programme?

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:

  • an insight and understanding of the tech industry
  • awareness of the breadth and depth of career areas in tech
  • to support you to understand which areas of tech might meet your interests, skills, strengths and personality
  • towards the end of the programme there will be support to help you understand what the best next steps will be for you through employer input, careers advice and professional coaches

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.

What is the structure and time commitment of 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.

When does the programme run?

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:

  • Wednesdays 12 to 2pm; or
  • Wednesdays 4 to 6pm; or
  • Wednesdays 6 to 8 pm

Please also note that office hours will be available:

  • Tuesday 4 to 6pm
  • Thursday 5 to 7pm
  • Friday 12 to 2pm

What will I gain from this programme?

  • An introduction to technical skills and knowledge to understand what you like and what you do not like across a number of technical areas
  • A good understanding of the tech industry; what tech career areas there are and what they entail; a good overview of technical roles, what they entail and the skills they require; and time and guidance to reflect on which might best fit you and your skills, interests and personality 
  • Personal development tips and advice from professionals in the tech space, tech coaches and careers professionals 
  • A certificate on completion of the full 8 weeks to add to your CV and LinkedIn profile 
  • Access to professional networks in the tech space

Who will be delivering this programme?

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.

What do I need to complete this programme?

A laptop, reliable internet connection and time to progress through the content every week.

Am I eligible to apply?

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: 

  • I have a disability or long term health condition
  • I am/was a mature student (21+ on the first day of undergraduate study at the University of York) 
  • I am a care leaver (meeting the student finance definition), care experienced (not meeting the student finance definition) or estranged from my family 
  • I have unpaid caring responsibilities for a parent, family member, partner or friend. I am/was a student parent 
  • I am from a military family (while I have been in education my parent(s) have served in the military) 
  • I identify as lesbian gay or bisexual 
  • My gender identity is different to that assigned to me at birth 
  • Neither of my parents attended university (or they went to university as a mature student during my secondary education)
  • I am from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background (including Gypsy, Roma or Traveller backgrounds).


  • I am currently seeking asylum in the UK 
  • I have refugee status in the UK.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form in Handshake.

Applications are now closed for 2023.