How do you differ from a traditional graduate programme?

We are not your typical graduate programme — Academy is the launchpad for a high-growth career in tech. We combine world-class technology and leadership training with a career fast-track inside a leading tech company. You’ll develop tech skills under expert tutelage and learn the keys to an impactful and fulfilling career.

What will I learn during the programme?

Our programme covers three core areas: technology, leadership, and performance. During the technology pillar, you’ll learn the foundations of elite technical performance. We build T-shaped technical leaders, combining broad technical knowledge with a deep specialism within a specific area.

Within the leadership pillar, you’ll learn what it takes to be a game-changing future leader. Here, you’ll focus on the soft skills needed to perform well in technical teams and accelerate quickly into leadership positions.

And finally, in the performance pillar, you’ll be empowered to realise your full potential. You’ll select modules based on theories of human motivation and performance and have the opportunity to take action to reach your personal goals.

Will it be completely free?

Yes. In fact, you’ll be supported from day one of your full-time training. During The Mark: Phase Two, you’ll receive a Scholar Grant to contribute towards your living expenses. You’ll then receive a competitive graduate salary from your employer for the rest of the programme.

What can I do at end of the graduate programme?

At the end of our programme, you can either continue working at the company in which you completed your graduate placement or choose to move on to your next adventure. We’ll be there to help you navigate the tech career landscape and guide you to the role that best matches your skills and aspirations. This could range from digital marketing to product management or data science.

Whatever you choose, Academy will stay with you. Academy is a club for life and you’ll enjoy a high-performing, hyper-connected network in tech for the rest of your career.

How much time will I need to commit to the programme?

Phase One of your training (The Mark: Phase One) begins with a five-week course (10 hours/week) designed to ensure everybody starts the full-time phase of training with the same foundational technical knowledge.

Phase two of your training (The Mark: Phase Two) is an intensive twelve-week programme in full-stack engineering, collaboration and leadership before you join your employer.

This is a full-time commitment – the equivalent of 8am until 6pm. The Mark Phase Two prepares you for the real world — practical skills, remote working and team communication.

Once you transition into your graduate role, training requirements will reduce to the equivalent of a part-time Masters.

Will I need to relocate?

Whilst your training will take place remotely, you will need to be flexible to relocate across the UK to complete your graduate role.

Our employers are typically HQ’d in London or Manchester but your role may take place anywhere within the UK.

How long will the programme last?

The programme lasts for 2 years. The first 17 weeks are spent training. The first five weeks of this is part-time and the following 12 weeks full-time. After this training period, you’ll begin full-time employment and continue to train part-time alongside your work.


What will my role be?

You will work in an engineering role at your employer. This will give you a high-leverage set of foundational skills, thinking and understanding so that you have choice, credibility and edge when it comes to a wide range of future roles.

How do you decide which employer I will be matched with?

Our matching process has been designed to give you the data and framework to determine the best role and company to kickstart your career. This includes psychometrics and interviews with our employer partners to give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your future.

Who will I be employed by and when will I find out?

We work with a select number of employers who have been screened on culture, opportunity, and impact to ensure they offer a strong environment within which to begin your career. Our partners range from hyper-growth unicorns to established tech titans.

To find the best home for you, you’ll be matched to an employer partner towards the end of the upfront four-month training period, once we have the best understanding of your values, skills and behaviours.

Student Experience

Who will be teaching me?

Our Faculty staff are drawn from the ranks of industry — both high-growth startups and established companies — with experience in training, mentoring and coaching early-career software engineers at companies like Starling Bank, Sky and Improbable.

Who else will be completing the programme?

You’ll be completing your programme alongside a diverse group of high-achieving graduates from all over the UK.

Do you have a campus?

The world is turning remote and we’re going with it! Your training will be delivered virtually but we’ll be bringing our community together. At both the start and the end of the programme for two, week-long, residentials you will connect with your peers and the wider Academy support system.

When will I meet the other people in my cohort?

You’ll be introduced to your wider cohort as soon as you commence the programme. As part of an active and supportive Slack community, you’ll get ample opportunity to network with your peers before the programme begins.

You’ll then get to meet in person during the residential weeks of the programme.

We also have a number of societies and collectives that allow Scholars to build meaningful relationships together.


Who is this graduate programme suitable for?

Our programme is suitable for high-performing grads from any degree looking to launch an impactful career in technology and progress quickly into leadership positions.

You don’t need to have learnt any coding before, but you will need to demonstrate the aptitude and commitment required to thrive in tech.

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for our programme, you must be a UK citizen and have graduated in the last 3 years.

I am not a UK citizen. Am I eligible for the programme?

For the moment, we’re only able to accept applications from candidates who do not require sponsorship from an employer.

Do you accept grad route?

We are currently exploring this option and any updates will be available here.


What does the application process entail?

Our application process has been designed to explore whether you have the aptitude, motivation, and commitment to excel in a career in tech. It will involve the following:

Application: We’re launching graduates from all disciplines into high-impact careers in technology. The application is your first step toward joining Academy. We ask for your CV and for you to submit answers to the following questions:

  • Why technology? What have you done to date that evidences your interest in technology?
  • What have you done to develop yourself professionally and personally over the last year?
  • When, where and how do you typically do your best work?

Aptitude Test: We’ve partnered with Thrive to use a selection of their aptitude tests. This is to make sure we’re fairly assessing the attributes required to be successful in our programme.

Interview: Meet members of Academy’s founding team in a 45-minute video interview designed to uncover your unique strengths and potential. You’ll get to hear about our vision for Academy, ask us questions, and tell us your story.

Academy Nano: An invite-only virtual learning experience taking place over two days. Academy Nano is a free, immersive training in the fundamentals of software development. You’ll learn to write code and build a real-world interactive web app that you can share with others. Here, we’ll make our final evaluation on whether our programme is the right fit for you.

Offer: Selected participants of Academy Nano will receive an offer to join our programme. This is a transformative moment with the potential to set you on a new trajectory full of opportunity. We’ll confirm your intake date and ask you to formally accept your offer. This is the start of your lifelong membership to Academy.

The Mark: Phase One: A five-week course designed to ensure everybody starts the programme with the same foundational knowledge. Phase One starts on set dates throughout the year; you will be informed of your start date when you receive your offer.

How can I prepare for my interviews?

The best way to prepare for Academy interviews is by making sure you can speak clearly and confidently about your motivations for joining the programme and wider career aspirations. This might involve practising with friends and family beforehand.

What is The Mark: Phase One?

The goal of The Mark: Phase One is two-fold:

For you to confirm that working in a technical role is something that you can see yourself doing & for us to ensure a common baseline in skills so that we can use our programme time most efficiently.

By completing The Mark: Phase One, you will gain some practical and foundational skills that all efficient engineers have. Such as expressing ideas in code, debugging errors through Google and articulating your thoughts to others.

We will provide resources and office hours to support you.

What happens if I don't complete The Mark: Phase One?

You will be unable to start the programme without completing The Mark: Phase One in full. Failing to complete it may lead to your offer being revoked or start date being deferred.


Contact us

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

We’d love to hear from you! Please contact [email protected].

The faculty at Academy support you every step of the way and embolden you to find the strength to step outside your comfort zone and reap the personal and professional benefits that come with that
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