Frequently Asked Questions



When does the course start?

The course started at our first residential weekend on 13th/14th July.

What is the course duration?

The course duration is 6 months.

What are the course costs?

There is no cost to enrol on the course, accommodation and catering at the residential weekends are provided free of charge, but participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

How much face-to-face time is there during the course?

There is face-to-face time at each of the four residential weekends, and the participants also have access to a mentor and peer support throughout the course.

How is the online course presented?

The online content is presented through various pre-existing online platforms and custom content via an online learning platform.

What is the course content? What are the modules about?

The diagram below shows our Course Content plan, please note these topics may be subject to change:

TechUP Women – content plan

What is the time commitment? Is the course suitable for a person who works full-time?

The course can be done by someone who works full time if they feel they can commit the time required around their working hours. It is expected that participants will need to study for 12 hours per week to complete the course.


Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit for this course.

Is the course only for people who are unemployed?

No, anyone in employment can be eligible for the course.

Can I do the training and not the interview? I only want to top up my skills.

Yes, attending an interview is not mandatory.

Am I eligible if I am not originally from the UK?

Yes, if you are currently eligible to work in the UK and have a permanent address within the Midlands and North of England you are eligible to apply for the course.

Is it open to women at any stage of their career?


Am I eligible if I have a PhD?


Do I need to reside in the North of England/Midlands/UK to participate?

Yes, applicants must be resident within the Midlands and North of England.

Are there any similar opportunities in the South you can signpost me to?

Similar Institute of Coding courses can be found on their website www.instituteofcoding.org.

What are the eligibility criteria?

The TechUP course is limited to 100 places, we look for individuals who show exceptional motivation to work in the tech-industry, with focus on women from BAME and underrepresented communities. Eligibility is assessed against the Acceptance Criteria below using your Application Form, CV and Selfie video:

  • Must identify as a woman
  • Must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Must have some basic technical skills, knowledge and demonstrate an interest in technology
  • Must reside in the Midlands or North of England

TechUP is open to all women whatever their background or situation. However, in addition to the above primary criteria, preference is given to women from underrepresented groups including:

  • BAME women
  • Women with dependants
  • Disabled women
  • LGBTQIA+ women

What does BAME mean?

BAME refers to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women.

What does LGBTQIA+ mean?

LGBTQIA+ refers to women who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual or other minorities of gender and/or sexuality.

I am on holiday for a month during the course. Can I still participate?

If you feel you can keep with the course content and attend all the residential weekends you can participate.

What does the application process involve?

The application process involves completing an application form and submitting your CV and a selfie video.



What are the dates for the residentials?

Durham – 13th/14th July 2019

Edge Hill – 21st/22nd September 2019

York – 2nd/3rd November 2019

Nottingham – 18th/19th January 2020


Do I need to be able to attend all the residentials? There is one I cannot attend.

No, however it is strongly recommended that participants attend as many residentials as possible to benefit from the opportunities for networking and meeting your peers and potential employers, some course content is also delivered via the residential weekends so you may risk missing content if you do not attend.