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I don’t have any background in coding, IT, or computer science. Can I still take your courses?

Sure you can. Many of our students successfully switch careers to programming after taking our courses, even if they were absolutely new to programming when starting out.

If your aim is to change careers, our 6-month, part-time bootcamps are designed to help you achieve that.

We offer three specialized bootcamps, which help you transition from beginner to job ready:

  1. The Full Stack Web Developer bootcamp enables you to build dynamic, database-driven sites.
  2. The Mobile Developer bootcamp, co-created with Google, helps you become an Android developer and prepares you for the Google Associate Android Developer Certification exam.
  3. The Software Engineer bootcamp goes beyond coding and teaches you how to construct software in various programming languages to solve specific business problems.

To enrol with us, you don’t need to have a degree or prior technical background - with the personalized mentor support we provide, all you need is discipline, persistence, and a willingness to work hard and learn to code :)

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I don’t have regular access to the Internet. Would that be a problem as all your courses are online?

Our students don't need access to the Internet everyday. Our course delivery is designed so that you can download the course material and work on your tasks off-line. Once you are connected to the internet, all the work in your folder automatically gets synchronised with your mentor who will be notified immediately and will provide feedback right away.

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What is a bootcamp? What kind of bootcamps do you offer?

HyperionDev bootcamps are structured, part-time 6-month programs with progressive levels of difficulty, from beginner to advanced. Our bootcamps are designed to follow the learning path towards becoming a professional developer.

The Full Stack Web Developer bootcamp introduces the learner to web development essentials before teaching the technical specifics of building feature-rich web applications. To complete the learning path, you will focus on using frameworks to develop fully functional web applications.

The Mobile Developer bootcamp begins by teaching you programming essentials in Java before delving into advanced Java, and working with Android Studio. You will then move ahead to more advanced concepts including the implementation of the Android framework. By the time you complete the bootcamp, you’ll be ready to take Google’s exam to become an Associate Android Developer.

The Software Engineer bootcamp takes you beyond coding to teach you how to think like a software engineer. You will construct software in various programming languages to solve specific business problems.

If you are undecided about which bootcamp best fits your learning requirements and career goals, just drop us a line and one of our mentors will schedule a call with you.

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How is a bootcamp different from a short course?

Bootcamps are structured, 6-month programs with progressive levels of difficulty, from beginner to advanced. Our Web, Mobile and Software Development bootcamps aim to impart a comprehensive understanding in the domain you choose, as well as coding skills. They are ideal for those wanting to switch careers or become professional developers, because they cover the full learning path required for these careers.

A short course is a 3-month program. It is more focused on a specific domain and skill level. For example, our C# Programming Essentials short course is a comprehensive introduction to C#, while Introduction to Data Science is an advanced course that delves into data analysis and machine learning. Short courses are perfect for people who want to upskill in a specific area.

Visit our Courses page to browse through all our offerings and find a course appropriate for your skill level and learning goals.

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Are your courses recognised?

Our courses have been recognised, awarded and endorsed by leading companies in the tech industry.

We have developed our content and curriculum in partnership with top-level, industry-relevant international organisations. We created our Android Mobile Development content in partnership with Google, and were selected by Google as its first Authorised Training Partner in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Our Java programming content has been endorsed by Oracle. Also, we have delivered our advanced Java training in partnership with Oracle and South Africa’s Department of Education. Our Python courses have received multiple awards and recognition from the Python Software Foundation. Also, Facebook and Internet.org awarded HyperionDev the Innovation Challenge Award Winner in 2016. They have been involved in funding the organisation.

We were incubated within the University of Cambridge, and have received support from the University of Edinburgh Development Trust.

Most importantly, our brand and courses are recognised by employers: 93% of our graduates get placed in the tech industry within 150 days of completing a course with us.

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Will I receive a certificate after I complete the bootcamp or short course?

Yes, you will be issued a certificate of completion once you complete your bootcamp or short course. The certificate also lists all our content partners and supporting organisations, including the Python Software Foundation, Google, Facebook, and Oracle.

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How likely am I to get employed as a programmer after taking a bootcamp?

93% of our graduates get placed in the tech industry within 150 days of completing a course with us. We aim to secure placement in your new career within 6 months of graduating from one of our bootcamps.

To accomplish this, we provide placement support and guidance during and after the course you take with us. This includes helping you with interview preparation, reviewing your CV and portfolio, directly referring you to our hiring partners, helping you network within the tech community, and facilitating internships at select partner organisations. Hyperion students have access to exclusive job listings and an up-to-date career platform - Hyperion Careers.

The demand for software developers has never been higher and our graduates have gone on to work as software developers. Read some of their success stories here.

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How much time do I need to commit to complete one of your bootcamps or short courses?

We recommend devoting an average of 8 hours per week to complete a short course within 3 months, or a bootcamp within 6 months. However, our courses are set up in an extremely flexible way. If you find yourself running out of time, you can extend your course time by purchasing additional months of mentor support and access to the training material. This means you can take as long as you need to complete the course and gain the certificate, as well as the confidence to become a developer.

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Can I get a free trial on one of your courses?

Yes, you can get access to a free trial on all our bootcamps. Simply register for an account and explore all the material and tasks offered in the free trial. This allows you to start coding and evaluate whether a specific bootcamp will match your needs. Although you won’t receive the full mentor support experience on the trial, you can sample the course material and you will be given opportunities to undertake some coding tasks.

Mentor Support

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What kind of mentor support do you offer?

Hyperion’s mentor support pairs you 1:1 with an experienced mentor who assists you in learning at every step of the way and reviews your work within 24 hours.

Our mentors are Computer Science specialists who are trained to be full-time mentors to beginner/intermediate learners. They don’t just tell you right from wrong; they provide personalized feedback on aspects such as improving code readability, following coding conventions, writing more efficient codes, or translating structured solutions into codes.

Mentor support means that any code you write gets reviewed by your mentor within 24 hours. You also get access to daily live chat and weekly video calls with your mentor to discuss any issues you’ve been facing. Our bootcamps and courses comprise of several coding tasks and on each task, you iterate on the solution with your mentor until both of you are satisfied - this is what ensures that our learners complete the course with the confidence required to take on full-fledged roles in tech and programming.

Towards the end of your course, your mentor also provides you career guidance and support. This includes helping you with interview preparation, reviewing your CV and portfolio, directly referring you to our hiring partners, helping you network within the tech community, and facilitating internships at select partner organisations.

Learning to code without mentor support can be tough. We at Hyperion have partnered with educational researchers from the University of Cambridge to find the most effective way to help our students learn how to write industry-quality code faster.

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How experienced are your mentors?

Our mentors are specialists in their domain who have been trained to be full-time mentors. They are experts with the ability to form a supportive connection with students to help them learn and graduate from their courses.

All our mentors hold university degrees in Computer Science, and have decades of collective academic and professional experience at institutions such as Google, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cape Town.

Our mentors are hand-picked from among hundreds of applicants through a rigorous selection process that tests not only their technical skills but also their teaching and communication abilities. Many of our mentors have prior mentoring experience. Once selected, mentors undergo continuous professional development to ensure they remain at the cutting-edge of technical knowledge while constantly evolving as educators.

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If I’m not enjoying my course/bootcamp, can I switch to another one while I still have some months of mentor support left?

While enrolled on a bootcamp at HyperionDev and provided time remains on your bootcamp, you can switch to another course or bootcamp. This will require guidance from your mentor to ensure the decision ties in with your expectations and career goals.


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How does payment work?

We offer several payment plans on our pricing page. You can pay for your course instantly online (we accept all credit and debit cards), or pay into our bank account via Electronic Funds Transfer.

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Are there any discounts or course specials?

Discounts are offered during promotion sales, which we mention on our social media and emails. Make sure you're following them.

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Can my employer pay for a course?

Sure. Simply email sales@hyperiondev.com with any additional forms you need filled out to have the course fees billed directly to your employer by our sales consultants.

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How do I pay online instantly?

Our online payment system is powered by Stripe and PayFast. To pay, select the appropriate option on the payment page and enter your card details on our SSL-secured payment portal. Payment will be processed immediately and we do not store or log any credit card information.

We accept all major debit and credit cards.

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How do I pay using EFT?

To pay using EFT, select the appropriate option on the payment page. You can make payment via your internet banking portal or using a deposit slip in-branch to the following account. All major South African banks are supported.

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Hyperion Development
Account Number: 371109965
Branch: Westville
Branch Code: 045426

Important: If you’ve paid via EFT, please send a payment confirmation to sales@hyperiondev.com. These are usually generated by your internet banking system. If you’ve deposited in-branch, please send a scanned proof of deposit to the above email.

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When will my first monthly payment be charged? Is this automatic?

Your first monthly payment will be charged on the day you set up the payment plan. Recurring monthly payments will automatically be charged the day before your support expires - i.e on the 4th day of each following month to your payment plan on record.

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How does the two-installment payment work?

Your first payment, covering 3 months of support, will be charged on the day you set up the payment plan. The second installment will automatically be charged the day before your 3-month support expires.

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Can I cancel my subscription at any point and get a refund?

We will offer you a full refund if you need to withdraw within the first 7 days after payment of your course fees. Please see our Refund Policy to learn more about cancellations and withdrawals.