A review of BeachCoders as a tech bootcamp

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers and web developers to help them land their dream job. Check out my review of BeachCoders.

What does Beachcoders do?

BeachCoders is a tech bootcamp with courses in software engineering, web development, and UX design. Students can take their courses live online or on campus in Los Angeles. Classes meet Monday-Friday for 4 weeks for 2.5 hours at a time. Those in the live online option receive 1-on-1 assistance from instructors as well.

Students participate in lectures (which are not recorded), group exercises, coding reviews, code alongs, and portfolio building. People in the front-end development course focus on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, React, and more. The front-end program prepares students for the full-stack course, which teaches Express, MongoDB, SQL, server side rendering, as well as web sockets, package.json, NPM, and AJAX. As an alternative to the front-end program, students can enroll in data structures, algorithms, and blockchain. This alternative program follows a similar curriculum to the full-stack course but emphasizes linked lists, arrays, hash tables, queue, arrow function, closure, and other related topics. People in the UX design course study UX research, prototyping, workflows, interaction design, wireframes, and content strategy. They practice using tools such as Sketch, InVision, and Axure.

While the bootcamp does not offer job-seeking assistance, they have partnerships with job placement agencies and tech recruiting companies. Upon finishing the course requirements, students receive a certificate of completion.

Who is BeachCoders for?

BeachCoders is ideal for people with little or no prior tech experience who want to learn to build basic applications. Because the program is shorter than a typical full-time bootcamp, many students continue studying on their own after the program to prepare for entry-level jobs in software engineering, UX design, and web development.

What do BeachCoders cost? How much work is involved?

The live online option costs $2,277, while the in-person options cost $2,477. No formal application is required. Students simply select their course, complete the enrollment form, and make their initial payment via credit card.

Ratings and reviews

In general, online reviews of BeachCoders recommended the bootcamp for its instruction, curriculum, flexibility, and affordability.

CourseReport reviewers benefited from the engaged instructors and rigorous curriculum, According to one grad, “BeachCoders is a great school for newbies or students who already have coding experience and want to expand their knowledge. The instructor was patient and friendly and completely clarified the more complex parts.” Another grad was “blown away by what I was able to learn in such a short time.”

On SwitchUp, people praised the program for its affordability and fast-paced curriculum, with one reviewer observing, “It’s an immersive, fast-learn model from which one gets the most benefit if able to put in lots of study time outside of class. In any case it offers a wealth of training that goes much farther much faster than expensive college programs.”

As for the online program, one Facebook reviewer felt that she gained many new skills from the UX design course: “great course, terrific teacher and 1-on-1 learning! Has enabled me to now work in 2 different areas of my company and probably why I’m not furloughed during the pandemic.” Similarly, one Yelp reviewer benefited from the online program’s flexibility: “I was able to enroll in a 1-on-1 course that worked around my travel schedule. The topics covered and exercises given were relevant to current technology trends.”

Alternatives to BeachCoders

If you decide not to enroll in BeachCoders, you might consider one of these alternative bootcamps or online resources:

  • Well known options, Hack Reactor, Galvanize, and General Assembly offer software engineering bootcamps in Los Angeles, as well as online. General Assembly has courses in UX design as well. 
  • Nucamp offers web development and software engineering bootcamps online, as well as in a number of cities, including Los Angeles. 
  • If you are looking for a self-paced, online software engineering and web dev bootcamp, you can check out Covalence or Launch School.
  • Those interested in online bootcamps with tracks in product design and web dev can consider enrolling in Skillcrush, Designlab, or Bloc
  • Other options for online, self-paced UX design bootcamps include CareerFoundry and DesignerUp
  • Tech bootcamps, Flatiron School, Thinkful, and Lambda School have tracks in software engineering and UX design, as well as other subjects.
  • If you are interested in using online learning platforms to advance your coding, UX design, or other tech skills, check out Udacity and Springboard. Learn more about how Udacity and Springboard can help you in our program reviews.

As for other online platforms, Coursera, Udemy, and edX have hundreds of courses covering a wide range of topics in software engineering, web development, UX design, and other subjects.

How does BeachCoders compare to Pathrise?

BeachCoders is an online and in-person bootcamp for people who are looking to advance their coding and UX design skills. While online students receive 1-on-1 technical support from instructors, the program does not offer career coaching or job search guidance.  

A full-service organization, Pathrise helps fellows land the best job possible. Our expert mentors work 1-on-1 students on every step of the job search, including resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, technical and behavioral interviewing, cold emailing, reverse recruiting strategies, and salary negotiation.  Our program is flexible, requiring only 4 hours of group sessions per week. Fellows can schedule 1-on-1 and ad hoc sessions with mentors whenever they need additional guidance. The Pathrise ISA is 9% of a fellow’s first-year salary and we never require upfront payments or deposits. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you would like to work with our mentors to optimize your job search, join Pathrise.

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