Launch yourself into software engineer jobs at top-tier tech companies with confidence, technical skills and a strong portfolio.
About Our SoftwareEngineering Program
Qwasar’s Software Engineering program is arguably one of the leading backend programs in North America. It is highly respected among top-tier tech companies and recruiters, largely for its focus on C, C++, Rust, compilers and Assembly, low-level programming, and depth of technical skills sought by employers. Our comprehensive, elite program is entirely project-based, meaning learners develop a strong technical portfolio as well as desired hard and soft skills.
Our focus is training learners to Silicon Valley standards, and in developing a breadth and depth of technical skills with an emphasis on structured problem solving, critical thinking, and extensive preparation for meeting employer demands for entry-level jobs.
Program Options Available
Full-time and part-time programs available remotely.
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- Join a specific cohort
- Virtual meetings 1-3x per day
- Learn in a community
- 100% hands-on learning
- Accountability & motivation
- Live coding sessions
- Interviews with industry SWEs
- Minimum 3-month commitment for each program option
Qwasar programs are $2,400 in total and can be paid upfront or in monthly payments. The first two months are due after enrolling and before your start date. This is non-refundable.
Once enrolled in Qwasar programs, you will be sent an enrollment contract.
If you enroll on a part-time basis, you pay $100 per month until you gain an internship, apprenticeship, or employment, at which point you pay the final remaining sum up to a total of $2,400 which can be paid one-off or monthly at $200/mo.
If you’re full-time, you pay $200 per month until you gain an internship, apprenticeship, or employment, at which point you pay the final remaining sum up to a total of $2,400 which can be paid one-off or monthly at $200/mo.
Prices are in US Dollars and are for learners in North America. Please see our pricing page for more information.
Software Engineering Program Curriculum
What you’ll cover throughout your learning journey. Direct entry to Seasons is available.
Cover basic software engineering principles: variables, functions, loop statements, if statements, basic algorithms and data structures. Begin using an IDE and the terminal. This track is the equivalent of a coding bootcamp.
SEASON 1 ARC 1 & ARC 2
Cover fundamental computer programming concepts and learn the basics of C. Build a solid foundation in back-end programming including pointers, arrays, strings, algorithms, hash data structures, software architecture, blockchain basics and more.
SEASON 2 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Learners advance to more in-depth C programming as well as a bit of Ruby. Build a Shell, use intermediate data structures and algorithms while building in C, then move on to compilers and LibASM. The track concludes with building malloc (memory allocation).
SEASON 3 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Perhaps one of the most challenging tracks, learners dig into object oriented programming, C++ or Rust, network programming, real-world software projects, and move into advanced algorithms, AI, and advanced data structures.
SEASON 4 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Learners complete a final program project that aligns with the industry in which they want to get a job. The project must be about 3 months in duration and of significant technical difficulty. Learners will also contribute to open source projects.
YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
Learning Top Skills is Tough
Learning skills is like learning a sport, a musical instrument, or cooking: it takes time, learning by doing, trial and error, and lots of practice. NBA players don’t get good by watching lectures or videos. Skills-based learning at Qwasar is TOUGH.
DO NOT GIVE UP
The key to our programs is to not give up. No matter how difficult the problem is in front of you, do not give up. Great engineers do not give up but instead apply structured problem solving.
EARN AN ELITE CERTIFICATE
After your hard work and upon completing the program, learners will earn a certificate from Qwasar Silicon Valley for the Elite Software Engineering Program.
How Learning Works
What you will be doing throughout the program.
Each season has a series of projects to complete that last 1 day to up to 3 months. These are problems and challenges to build software based on certain requirements and restrictions.
One example of a project would be to build a task-management software with tags, permissions, and a basic user interface.
Each week, participants will have 1-5 coding exercises to complete. These are accessed through our software and your code is auto-graded to ensure it is up to speed and functioning. This is part of the learning process.We have over 800 exercises in our library with thousands of test cases!
We use role play to develop soft skills such as job negotiations or conflict resolution. We also use role play in technical interview practice where participants will both be the interviewee and the interviewer. This dual-sided perspective is unique to our program & helps build better interviewees.
Our system is gamified, meaning that you will earn and spend “Qpoints.” As you complete peer code reviews, you earn points and as you submit your projects for review, you will spend Qpoints.
What Sets Us Apart
We train to standards set by Silicon Valley for software engineers. This means the level is much higher than that of bootcamps, and higher than that of CS degrees. Your specialty is being an elite engineer at a world-renown level.
Technical Skills & Knowledge
Thanks to the depth and breadth of our program curriculum, you acquire a level of technical skills and knowledge that learners in other programs or bootcamps simply never acquire.
Strong Back-end Skills
The vast majority of bootcamps don’t cover data structures or algorithms. CS degrees don’t cover hands-on application of theory or actually developing software architecture. We cover both and your strong back-end skills and experience with databases, data structures, and algorithms will set you apart from other candidates.
Depth of Technical Portfolio
Learners develop a technical portfolio that has depth and shows the extent of their technical skills and ability to handle databases, deployments, and development. Neither bootcamps nor CS degrees offer this.
Why pay more, study less, and then spend 6-12 months trying to find a job (at a bootcamp or CS degree), when you could pay less, study more, and give yourself a much higher chance of gaining employment at (or before graduation)?
Unlike others, our learning model is backed by significant learning science and the learning experience is rooted in learning by doing and in a learning community.
Our employment rates are within 2 months of graduating, not 6 or 12, and most learners gain employment before they finish the curriculum.
We’re way cheaper than other options, and offer flexible learning opportunities.
We list some of the reasons why you should consider Qwasar:
Train to Silicon Valley standards
MUCH greater depth of fundamentals, data structures, algorithms
Freedom and flexibility in learning – i.e. time to learn what you don’t understand
Hugely diverse and welcoming learning community
Depth and breadth of languages, technical skills, and frameworks covered
Extensive technical interview, resume, and profile training/resources
Industry-leading coding and learning management platform
Access to alumni network for referrals to jobs
Real Employer Partnerships and High Employment Rates
Qwasar works directly with employers and hiring partners who recruit from our programs. Partners include LinkedIn, Capgemini, Workday, Claris, Accenture, Crowdstrike, and more.
Many employers have reached out to us to recruit directly from our programs. Qwasar is recognized in industry for its superior programs, curriculum, and graduates, and as a result, our learners often have significantly better opportunities for recruitment into jobs, internships, and apprenticeships compared to bootcamp grads.
As of June 2022, our programs have a 95% employment rate for learners who finish the program, with most learners gaining employment before they finish the program. The employment rate is calculated within 6 weeks of graduation, NOT 6-12 months after graduation.
Our entire program is designed to make you a great candidate. Qwasar has created a career support track and community called Technical Interview Preparation Program (TIPP), which students join in Season 2. This includes:
Interview Preparation and Practice
- Complete 20-40 technical interview role plays
- Better understand the interviewer perspective by living it
- Complete HackerRank challenges
- Practice answering behavioral interview questions
Resume and Profile Preparation
- Technical resume help, review, and feedback
- LinkedIn profile review and feedback
- Resume and profile keyword suggestions
- Resume format requirements for optimal application responses
Technical Portfolio Development
- Develop a strong technical portfolio as you complete the progra
- Review and publish your code for your resume’s portfolio
- Technical resume templates
- Behavioral interview worksheet
- “Tell me about yourself” 2-min pitch worksheet
- Job application tracking system
- TIPP community meetings and support
- Access to unique hiring platforms with jobs from companies looking for candidates without a computer science degree
What to Expect
At Qwasar, you are responsible for your learning, just as you would be responsible for your work in a job. Problem-based learning involves finding, trying, and building solutions. With no single source of truth and no answers provided, it’s up to you to figure out how to make your code work, when and how to ask for help, and how to successfully build software in a team.
Attend an Information Session
Join us for a session on what learning is like at Qwasar. Sign up to learn more about our program options and how each cohort works:
“I have a career in the Tech Industry thanks to the educational model that Qwasar's leadership team has built. They have created an inclusive and accessible software engineering program making it possible for anyone to enter the tech industry and succeed without the burden of college loan debt. That to me is creating social equity.”
Join an Outstanding Learning Community!
Joining Qwasar is about joining a learning community. Learning on your own is hard, watching online videos can be boring, and sharing your learning journey (and certainly lots of jokes) with others is important.
Our platform and Discord chat, as well as our program meetings, are all about building and participating in the community. When you join our programs, you have access to:
- Group debugging sessions
- Small group sessions
- Virtual coworking rooms
- Sophisticated peer code review system
- Coding collaboration workshops and pair programming
- Our lively Discord online chat (with a tech news section and a meme section)
Transitioning Careers? Join the Club!
Qwasar is a hive of career switchers. We have people who are or were: baristas, retail associates, medical assistants, accountants, professional musicians, biomedical researchers, teachers, finance directors, IT support professionals, network engineers, mechanical engineers, college students in non-technical fields, business analysts, writers, translators, and more.
We also have career returners and veterans in the community.
Chances are high that you’ve got transferable skills. Here’s an example we put together for people transitioning from accounting:
A 6-Step Guide on How to Transition From Accounting to Tech
Check Job Descriptions: Our Curriculum Aligns to Employer Demands
Our curriculum is based on what employers are looking for in software engineers.
Other programs don’t cover the minimal level required by Tier 1 tech companies.
Here’s how we stack up:
Hands-on experience designing and implementing software architecture, able to contribute to architecture discussions
Proven experience with low-level programming (C, C++, Assembly, Rust, etc.)
Depends by student
Proven experience with backend development, databases, database design, network programming (C++, Ruby, Java, Go, noSQL, etc.)
Depends by student
Excellent structured problem solvingskills
Experience with the software development lifecycle, i.e. built multiple backend applications from scratch
Ability to translate project description into technical specifications, can handle ambiguity
X (ambiguity eliminated)
Habituated to collaborating to solve problems, pair programming, and communicating in-person and remotely
Write clean, high-quality code and tests, familiar with version control systems
To apply to our Software Engineering Program, expect the following steps:
Step 1: Submit your application online.
Step 2: We review your application.
Step 3: You will be invited to schedule a virtual interview.
Step 4: Following the interview, if accepted, you will be invited to enroll.
Step 5: You will receive an email with a link to the enrollment form.
Step 6: You complete the enrollment form.
Following a successful application and enrollment, you will be expected to attend orientation, virtually of course!
Join us for a session on what learning is like at Qwasar. Sign up to learn more about our program options and how each cohort works.
Qwasar vs. Others
How do Qwasar programs compare to other tech training options out there? Find out how we stack up.
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