To understand the importance of code in the modern day and age, it is prudent to first look back to its origins to gain a true insight into how far computer science and programming has come.

With the very first computer programming language being created by Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage as far back as 1883.

You can begin to see that the development of high-level code languages and their implementation into modern industry has been a long and relatively slow path.

It would not be until 53 years later that Alan Turing invented the principle of the modern computer, and a further 9 years before a high level code language, named Plankalkül, was created by Konrad Zuse.

Since then the progress of computer science and programming gained speed until a multitude of high level languages such as Python, Javascript, C++, HTML, and many more were released in the 90's and 00's.

Along with the eve of what we now consider computers and laptops, these easily accessible coding languages resulted in an explosion of software development and brought computer science and technology into widespread use across the globe in almost every industry.

The Turing 'A-Machine' was the first real predecessor to modern computers.
The first 'Computer' that Alan Turing created looks very different to those we have today, but the basic concept of following a set of rules, or code, to affect the outcome has remained the same. ( Source: Autodesk)
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What are the Benefits of Learning to Code?

Clearly, computer programming has a rich history and is only recently showing its full potential in changing the world we live in, with the expectation that bigger and better things are on the way.

With this in mind, you can understand why so many students at school or university in Melbourne, Australia, and the world, would want to study and learn code with the aim of starting a career in the field.

The skills and experience that you build over the course of your studies will set you up to commence work in any of the following fields and many more:

  • Software Development
  • Data Analysis
  • Computer Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Web Design

With the rapid progression of computer science and its implementation into everyday life continuing, there has never been a better time to start a career in coding and programming. A few of the benefits you can look forward to if you decide to study and learn computer programming include:

  • Access to stable, reliable, and well paying career pathways.
  • Useful skills and experience that are both desirable to employers and can help you in everyday life.
  • The ability to work remotely online from home, or whilst you are travelling.
  • The opportunity to become a freelancer, being your own boss and deciding your own hours.
  • Being part of one of the fastest-growing professions in Melbourne and Australia, with unending job opportunities.

Overall, learning how to code and program, and making a career with these skills, will afford you a lot of flexibility in your professional and personal life. As time goes on and computer science becomes more integral to society, you will be well placed to have a stable career for many years to come allowing you to live in satisfaction and security.

Taking Face to Face and Online Programming Courses in Melbourne

Now that we have discussed a quick history of computer coding and a few of the reasons you might want to study it yourself; Let's look at some of the different programming courses offered by institutes in Melbourne where you might consider studying.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a software engineering and marketing school that runs a variety of courses with different layouts and course content, you can also find them in Adelaide.

You can choose to take a course of study with General Assembly online or face to face in the following ways:

  • Part Time - Which will allow you to work a job full time and support yourself throughout your studies.
  • Full Time Immersive - Essentially a bootcamp programming course that runs over 12 weeks and will equip you with the skills you need to start working in the world of coding.
  • Flex Immersive - The same course content as the full time study, but you have 24 weeks to complete the course.
  • Free Events and Workshops - Not a course of study but General Assembly organizes a number of free workshops where you can listen to talks and meet other programming students.

Full time courses are available in software engineering and data science with no pre-requisites, these cost $15,500 with a financial program in place to help you pay for your course at a pace that suits you. These courses will leave you with industry recognised skills and experience that see 99.2% of graduates employed within a year.

Part time courses are available in a number of other areas, such as programming courses in Python and Javascript languages, and courses in data science and analytics.

Coder Academy

Similar to General Assembly, Coder Academy offers a number of accredited coding and programming bootcamps and courses in Melbourne, as well as Sydney and Brisbane.

In terms of face to face courses that Coder Academy offers; You can choose to take you course of study as a 'Fast track' or a 'Flex track'. Fast track will involve 35 hours of work and study time a week over the course of 6 months, and flex track will see you do 21 hours a week over 10 months.

There are also a number of short courses which you can take online through the virtual classroom 'Canvas'.

Here are a few of the different courses offered through Coder Academy:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Programming - Online short course
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Data Analysis - Online short course
  • Full Stack Web Development - Face to face course either fast or flex track
  • Accredited Code, Cloud, and Cyber Security Course- Online course spanning four 10 week semesters with an optional 4 week placement.

Australian government Fee-Help loans are available to students who undertake a course with Coder Academy, allowing you peace of mind when budgeting your tuition fees.

If you are interested in more online training courses throughout Australia, discover some here.

Each code language is designed for a specific purpose within software development.
Learning a coding language can be compared to learning a foreign language, it's important to learn from someone who is fluent to get the best results. (Source: India Times)

Private tutoring

As well as taking short, long, or boot camp programming courses with a computer science institute, you might want to consider seeking out a private tutor to help you learn coding and computer programming in your own time, either online or face to face. This can be especially useful if you are trying to fit your studies into an already busy schedule, or you do not have the means to commit to a months long course.

Private tutors are ready and willing to help anyone of any skill level achieve their goals. You might just be getting started on your journey of learning to code, or perhaps you already have previous experience in software development but want to transfer your skills to data analysis or to use a different code language like Python.

Either way, choosing to work with a private tutor can be one of the best ways to build your general knowledge of programming, and delve into more specific aspects of computer science that might be relevant to your future career.

Finding a private tutor who has industry experience in the area that you wish to start a career in can be a very beneficial move. If you plan on working in web design and development for example, working with a tutor who has experience in the HTML, CSS, and Javascript coding languages is your best option.

Individual classes will allow you and your tutor to focus on important topics and subjects where you need support and build a good rapport and relationship with one another. Some places to look for professional programming tutors are:

  • School and University - Teachers at either the school you attended or your local university may offer their services as tutors in their free time.
  • Coding Institutes - As well as running full time and short courses, establishments such as General Assembly also offer one on one mentoring services.
  • Superprof Web Site- Superprof works with thousands of professional tutors in different academic and creative subjects across Melbourne and Australia, bringing quality tutors to you, no matter where you are located.

Explore more options for studying at university or with a tutor in Perth.

Universities in Melbourne Where you can Learn to Code

Learning to write computer code and gaining experience in software development are incredibly useful skills that can help you kickstart a successful career in an ever-growing industry.

As such, Universities across Melbourne and Australia offer accredited and comprehensive programming courses to teach you everything you need to know about computer science.

If you, or your kids, have been interested in programming for a while it's possible that you may have already studied it during years 11 and 12 at high school. If this is the case and you have a foundation of knowledge to build upon, then enrolling in a university degree may be the best option for you.

It will be at least a three year commitment to gain a bachelor degree in programming, but it will prepare you to enter the working world as a qualified software developer, computer programmer, data analyst, or whatever line of work you have chosen to follow.

A few of the prestigious universities that offer courses in learning to code and computer programming include:

  • RMIT University
  • Victoria University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University
  • University of Melbourne

Each university offers different styles of programming courses; For example, Monash offers a boot camp style course over 24 weeks as well as a full time degree in programming, and RMIT offers a number of specific short courses such as A.I coding with Python, and web development, as well as offering a Bachelor Degree of Information Technology, along with many postgraduate options.

More university courses for you to apply for are available in Canberra.

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Clearly, there are many different pathways that you can take to secure yourself a successful and profitable career in the world of computer science and software development.

The choice of where to take your studies is up to you; Be sure to take your time deciding how you want your course to be organized, choose a layout that works for you and doesn't create unnecessary stress in other aspects of your life.

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