Elite Software Engineering Program

Launch yourself into software engineer jobs at top-tier tech companies with confidence, technical skills and a strong portfolio.

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About Our Software Engineering 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.

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Program Options Available

Full-time and part-time programs available remotely.

Remote Part-time Weekday

18 months

Tues/Thurs meetings

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Start dates:

7 May 2024

9 July 2024

10 Sept 2024

Remote Part-time Saturdays

18 months

Saturday meetings

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Start dates:

11 May 2024

13 July 2024

14 Sept 2024

Remote Full-time Weekdays

12 months

Mon – Fri meetings

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Start dates:

7 May 2024

9 July 2024

10 Sept 2024

  • 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

Pricing/Program Costs

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.

Set Yourself on a Path for Top Software Engineer Jobs

Companies are pretty clear about what they want in their candidates.

You should be asking the question, “How does our curriculum align with the job description of companies I want to work for one day?”

Here’s a list of companies or types or companies looking for candidates with the specific skill set and experience that aligns with this program’s curriculum:

  • Financial industry – Capital One, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, regional banks, etc.
  • Automotive – Tesla, Lucid Motors, Zoox, etc.
  • Defense: Lockheed Martin, Leidos, Northrop Grumman, etc.
  • Tech: Oracle, TikTok, Apple, Adobe, Intel, Google, Facebook, etc.
  • Consulting: Deloitte, PwC, McKinsey, Accenture, etc.
  • Retail: Nike, Lululemon, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

Languages and Tools

Languages and tools covered throughout the software engineer program:

C
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java
redis
assembly
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Javascript
HTML
CSS
node js
SQL

Software Engineering Program Curriculum

What you’ll cover throughout your learning journey.

Introduction to Programming Tools

Begin to use and become familiar with everyday programming tools and terms – the terminal, the command line, Git, folders, filers and repositories

Cover the fundamentals of web programming and programming as a concept, including functions, variables, different types of variables, multiple variables, etc.

Start styling and understanding responsive programming that adjusts layout to different screen sizes, including flexbox

Build your first small project in Javascript and begin fundamentals of debugging and problem solving

Introduction to Problem Solving

Discover what constitutes a backend, how they work, and how they’re configured

Build your first backend, where all programming and architecture decisions are yours to make!

Data Structures and Types

Understand the fundamental different kinds of data structures in programming and why they are important.

Understand and work with different data types in C to understand how a computer treats different types of data, how that affects memory.

Work with pointers to control computer memory allocation when using different data structures and types, making your programming more efficient.

Discover and work with arrays, a fundamental concept in programming that makes your code more efficient by streamlining data organization and use of variables.

Introduction to Computer Programming I

  • Understand and use dynamic memory allocation, avoid memory leaks
  • Declare and use pointers to functions, double pointers, passing pointers as function arguments
  • Declare and initialize 2D arrays, arrays of pointers
  • Apply knowledge to matrices and grids, and for manipulating strings
  • Begin using system calls, error handling, and traversing directories
  • Parse command-line arguments

Introduction to Computer Programming II

  • Understand file system interaction, system calls for basic file operations
  • Understand tar archive format and compression
  • Apply recursion
  • Manipulate pointers, use structs, data structures
  • Create a Makefile
  • Begin software architecture and decision-making about architecture choices
  • Understand basics of blockchains and how they operate

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

  • Implement 3 different algorithms in software projects
  • Design algorithms and make decisions on algorithm choice for implementation (graph algorithms, a*, etc.)
  • Explore algorithm optimization techniques and understand time and space complexity
  • Implement stacks for memory management
  • Use different data types for handling numeric data
  • Continue software architecture skill development and modular programming

Computer Systems and Their Fundamentals

  • Understand the command line and shell scripting
  • Work with terminal inputs and outputs, as well as buffering and handling special characters
  • Manipulate strings
  • Understand and implement command history
  • Implement command line parsing, process management (forking and executing), and signal handling
  • Build a shell
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Low-level Design and Design Patterns

  • Understand and use Assembly programming language
  • Implement functions in Assembly
  • Understand computer architecture, execution, memory, and performance
  • Explore and understand Compilers and compiler-generated Assembly code
  • Explore network programming, implement protocols, and touch on network security
  • Understand trade-offs in memory management and make decisions for optimization
  • Work with Heap and Stack in memory
  • Combine all previous concepts, experience and knowledge in C into single project
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Back End Development

  • Rust or Java
  • Cover syntax and intermediate programming in either Rust or Java
  • Understand and implement creates, cargo, borrowing, tokio, parallel programming in Rust
  • Understand and implement object-oriented programming in Java

Distributed Systems with High-Level System Design

  • Understand caching, both client-side and server-side
  • Understand and implement distributed systems
  • Design and implement caching system
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Practical Software Engineering

  • Cover syntax and intermediate programming in Go
  • Understand network programming, concurrent programming, and working with file systems
  • Cover sockets, connections, the TCP/IP stack
  • Manage multiple network connections simultaneously
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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.

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How Learning Works

What you will be doing throughout the program.

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PROJECTS

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.

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EXERCISES

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!

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ROLE PLAY

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.

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GAMIFICATION

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

Silicon Valley Standards

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 Qwasar

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.

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Career Support

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

Useful Resources

  • 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

INNOVATIVE LEARNING

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.

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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.”
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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
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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:

 

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Bootcamps

CS Degree

Hands-on experience designing and implementing software architecture, able to contribute to architecture discussions

X

Limited

Proven experience with low-level programming (C, C++, Assembly, Rust, etc.)

X

Depends by student

Proven experience with backend development, databases, database design, network programming (C++, Ruby, Java, Go, noSQL, etc.)

X

Depends by student

Excellent structured problem solving skills

X

X

Experience with the software development lifecycle, i.e. built multiple backend applications from scratch

X

X

Ability to translate project description into technical specifications, can handle ambiguity

X (ambiguity eliminated)

Limited

Habituated to collaborating to solve problems, pair programming, and communicating in-person and remotely

X

X

Write clean, high-quality code and tests, familiar with version control systems

X

X

Application Process

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!

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Student Brochure

Download a copy of our student brochure for detailed information about our program options, policies, and logistics.

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Information Sessions

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. 

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Qwasar vs. Others

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