Admission process at Turing College: all you need to know

October 16, 2020

Admissions processes for college applications can be stressful. How many steps are required? How long will each stage take? When will I know if I passed?

In many cases, these questions go unanswered, leaving applicants with a nervous wait.

At Turing College, we like to do things differently (after all, we are a teacherless, data-driven IT college that offers ISAs to cover tuition fees).

So instead of leaving you in the dark, we’ve put together a detailed and comprehensive guide that covers every step of our admissions process.

Before we get into step one, there is one important thing to understand about us. Turing College is suitable for people of all experience levels. Your determination and desire to progress are much more important to us than the programming skills you already have. So, whether you're only a beginner or you're already a pro, if you have the mindset of a high achiever, we want to meet you.

Step 1. Choose between full-time and part-time study

There are a couple of important points to think about when choosing between  a full-time or part-time course:

  1. Our education is self-paced. This means that our expected times to graduation are only reference points and the actual time depends on the intensity of study. We give a lot of flexibility in terms of the speed at which our learners can progress. They can go through the material at their own pace and are not pushed to move forward with the course until they're ready. This is possible because there are no lectures or scheduled classes in our courses - the primary means of learning is through working on projects. If you’re working hard and learning quickly, you could graduate in a little as 4 months, regardless of whether you’re enrolled in part-time or full-time studies.
  2. You should take your financial situation into consideration. Full-time studying will require at least 8 hours of study daily, while for part-time we expect you to dedicate at least 20 hours per week. If you're looking to take up a job on the side to sustain yourself during the study period, that is perfectly fine. Either way, we encourage you to evaluate your financial resources, find out more about the tuition options Turing College offers, and then think about how much time you'll be able to dedicate to your studies.

Important news about our full-time studies course

Registration for our full-time Data Science course starting November 1st is now closed. But don’t worry, there are still 2 options open to you.

Option 1: you can still register and proceed with your application and we’ll put you on our waiting list. Then you may be able to still join our course starting November 1st if any places become available. If they don’t, we will add you to our next full-time cohort.

Option 2: you can register and  proceed with your application then switch to our part-time course during the admissions process. The course starts on December 1st (admissions for this course close on November 11th).  

If either of these options appeals to you, we would like to then invite you to participate in the first stage of the Turing College admissions process - the technical challenge.

Step 2: Fill in the registration form and submit your solution to the challenge

The online registration form is simple to complete and should take approximately 7 minutes of your time. Once you have registered via our online form, you then receive a challenge. Turing College is suited to people with any level of programming knowledge - from beginners up to experienced programmers. So, we have two types of challenges.

Challenge type one is designed for candidates who identify themselves as beginners. We call it a technical challenge, but it doesn't require knowledge of coding.

Challenge type two is for experienced coders. For this challenge, you'll have to complete a coding task so we can evaluate your level of IT knowledge and experience. One point to remember is that we only look at your solution to the task provided when evaluating your coding knowledge, so it's not worth exaggerating your knowledge of coding in the initial registration form.

For challenge type 1 and 2, you’ll have 7 days to complete and submit the task. If we like what you come up with and decide to continue with your application, you'll get an invitation to the interview.

Step 3: Schedule and conduct the interview

The final step of the admissions process is an interview. We'll be evaluating your soft skills, together with your passion for Data Science. We look at these two areas because our studies are designed to develop your hard and soft skills and to get you a job at big tech companies on graduation. The interview will take up to 1 hour, and no extra preparation is needed beforehand.

If the interview goes well, you'll have successfully completed the Turing College admissions process.

Apply today and experience a new kind of IT education

So, if you think  Turing College is the right fit for you, starting the application process is super simple and will take less than 10 minutes. Just click here to submit your online application form and start your journey through the admissions process.

And if you’re curious to learn more about what type of learning you’ll experience at Turing College,  check out our blog post: “Three fundamental concepts for IT education in the modern era”.

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