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ALPHA SCHOLARSHIP

1 Year Pre-University Software Engineering Program

Malaysia's first work-integrated learning program. Study. Work. Earn.
No prior coding knowledge needed!
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Learn Work-Ready Coding Skills
Learn industry-relevant coding skills to ensure employability in the tech scene.
Gain Work Experience As A Developer
Gain working experience as we place you for internship through our partners.
Pay Tuition Only When You Start Working
Start with only a small upfront fee. Pay us the remainder only when you start working.
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Learn more about our ALPHA program and how it works.
Come for our open day.

  • 7 Feb, Friday (7:30pm - 9:30pm)

  • 22 Feb, Saturday (10:30am - 12:30pm)

There will be course info session & panel talk. Please come on time.

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Get Ahead in Career & Life Faster 🏃🏻

With the success of our work-ready coding bootcamps, we are now introducing ALPHA, a 1-year experiential software engineering program, for post-SPM students below 20 of age, to not just learn but also experience working as a developer.

They now have the option to get a full-time employment with only this program. It's time to kickstart their Industry 4.0 career faster!

Suitable for even people with no programming background.

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Work-Integrated Learning Program

Our learning program is work-integrated. You will implement your learning by working and gaining real world experience.
This is to help you reinforce your learning while working with companies to build products and manage projects. Your internship placement by us will enable you to participate in the tech scene and could help you get a full time employment after the program is done.
Work & Earn While Studying.

Pay Tuition Only When You Start Working

Pay only a small upfront fee. For the remainder, pay us when you are employed.
You no longer need to carry the high financial burden of education alone. We want you to succeed, and we are willing to defer tuition fees so that we are invested in your success.
Pay Us Only When You Start Working.

Learn, Work, Earn.

We want to push forth a new way of education. In a work-integrated learning environment, the goal is for you to learn and apply your learnings in the real world with the skills you acquired.
Not just that, we want to empower students to fund their own education.
We are kickstarting this concept with a partial scholarship and a small upfront fee. For the remainder, you would have the ability to use your skills to continue funding your education with us!
Now You Have An Option To Be Debt Free.

⏰ Limited Spot!
Only 30 Students Will Be Accepted

This 1-year program aims to equip students with both the right knowledge and working experience. It is 5x longer than the usual 10-week coding bootcamp and inclusive of compulsory work placement to gain real world coding experience.

Interested to join ALPHA?

Step 1
Apply & Sign Up For Onsite Entrance Exam
  • Submit application here.

  • Choose preferred onsite assessment dates.

Eligibility:

Malaysian below 20 without University Degree

SPM/ O Level/ equivalent:

Only SPM 2019 students can use trial results

  • Any two (2) subjects must have an A

  • English & Basic Math must be at least a B

Step 2
Entrance Exam

This is a logic test which has a duration of 1 hour.

Step 3
Enrol

When the result is out, you will be able to enrol.

Enrolment will be limited to 60 seats.

Not Sure Yet?
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Course Structure

This is a 1-year program that aims to equip students with the right knowledge and experience that would enable them to start their career earlier and earn money.
3 Months Learning:
Web Development
You will learn from coding fundamentals, to creating websites and ultimately building fully functioning web apps.
9 Months Internship:
Work Experience
You will reinforce your learning by interning as a software developer at MNCs and startups through our placement program.

Timeline & What You'll Learn

Our curriculum is designed so that each week’s knowledge builds onto the previous one. You will graduate knowing how the languages can be integrated to create a functional application.
February 2020 - April 2020
Application & Enrolment
  • Submit your application here.
  • Sit for the entrance exam.
  • Enrol upon acceptance.
    Limited to 30 students (First-come-first-serve basis)
Choose Your Preferred Intake
3 Months Learning: Full Stack Web Development
  • Frontend Web Development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript & Bootstrap
  • Bootstrap & the web design workflow
  • Frontend Web Development with ReactJS
  • Programming fundamentals with Python
  • SQL & Databases
  • Backend Web Development with Flask
Experience Life as a Coder
9 Months Internship: Work Experience
  • You will be placed through our paid internship program to learn & gain working experience as a software developer
  • Learn the ropes of being a good software engineer. You are not just another intern, but a real contributor to the company in building products that people would be using.
  • The length of this internship is to allow the company to truly let you be a part of meaningful projects.
  • Your experience here would contribute to your skill level, exposure and resume which would help you greatly if you choose to go back to college, get a full-time coding job or become an entrepreneur.
April 2021
Graduation
  • Congratulations! You can now decide your next path!
    • Full-Time Employment
    • Go back to college (now you've a skill for part-time or freelancing!)
Regardless which path you choose, you are not just equipped with skills but with good amount of work experience to quantify your proficiency in programming.
This will give you good leverage to get opportunities locally, globally or remotely.

Apply Now!

Scholarship & Tuition Fees

RM11,500 (Tuition fee)

Upfront MYR 4,000 or MYR 334/mth*

*The upfront fee is non-refundable

We are invested in your coding journey where you will only pay the remainder when you work.
  • During the 9 months paid internship program, use your earnings to pay us RM500 per month
  • Total payment cap at RM8,500
Read more on "Payments & Financial Package" on how it works.
Class Format
  • English
  • Full-Time In-Person: 9:30am - 4:30pm, Mon - Fri
Pre-Requisite & Requirements
  • No programming background necessary*
  • Eligible applicants are required to attend an onsite assessment (just click 'apply now' to schedule)
  • You should have your own laptop
Certification
A Certificate of Attendance & Internship will be provided upon the completion of the 1-year program. Students must achieve 98% attendance and satisfactory performance to be eligible for the cert.
Location
A-G-7 Glomac Damansara, Jalan Damansara,
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*RESULTS DISCLAIMER: No programming background necessary. However, results may vary between individuals depending on how much hard work you put in. It is an intensive bootcamp experience and students are expected to give their 110% to complete the challenges if they wish to achieve their goals to become a competent coder.
Intakes
1-Year Program
Learn, Work, Earn
Public holidays follow national calendar

Looking for a future intake? Join our Waiting List!

Can't commit 1-year? Why not checkout our 10-Week Web Development Course instead?

10-Week Full Stack Web Development

Web Apps Our Students Invented

With the power to code, students come together to build amazing app ideas as they explore technology, functionalities and features beyond our curriculum.

Frequently Ask Questions

How is the ALPHA programme different from other programs and degrees?

ALPHA programme has 4 core element:

  • Learn in-demand skills - You will learn skills that are needed in the industry today which would enable you to get a job after the 1-year program

  • Gain work experience - You will be placed with our employer partners for internship.

  • Paid internship - You will also be able to earn money during your internship while learning.

  • Pay only when you start working - we only take a small upfront fee. The remainder will be paid when you start working.

Do I need to know anything before I learn to code at NEXT Academy?

No. Our program was designed for beginners in mind. Around 70-80% of our students have no experience with code.

Having said that, coding is a skill to be acquired which requires you to put in effort and commitment to be successful. This is unlike school where you may still do well via memorisation.

With coding, you will need to get into the right mindset to start learning how to apply code to solve real problems and build applications.

If you are serious and ambitious, yes, then this is for you.

What can I learn in 1 year? Is it enough?

Within 1 year, you will not just learn the widely sought after skillset of coding and web development, you will gain working experience as well.

This means that you have the opportunity to reinforce learning and truly leave a footprint in the organisation that you are working at.

1 year includes 3 months of full time class time and 9 months internship. It may seem like a short time compared to a 3-4 year degree and you may wonder if employers would deem this program enough for employability; from our success with the coding bootcamps we held from the last 4 years, employers are hiring from us due to the students' ability to code. You will have enough fundamentals to be hired as a junior software after the program.

How is ALPHA different from NEXT Academy's other coding courses?

NEXT Academy's coding bootcamps are shorter term and more intensive. It is suited for time sensitive people and people who are in mid-career transition. Most may not have the luxury of time and would jump back into the work force after the bootcamp.

ALPHA is a 1 year experiential program. Instead of the typical 10-week course, this includes a compulsory 9-month internship to gain solid work experience as a junior software developer. This is great for students who wants to start their industry 4.0 career earlier but would still want some time to experience how software engineering as a career is like.

How are NEXT Academy's classes like?

It's unlike your typical class/lecture that you are used to. The state of our mass education system, built in a whole other and older era, has spoonfed us and taught us to be good employees in the past. Things have changed.

At NEXT Academy, there will be minimal lectures and maximum hands-on/self-driven learning. You will actually need to think and be intellectually stimulated. Instructors are around all the time to guide you and for you to ask questions that you can't find an answer to. You and your classmates would need to work together and problem solve.

Our course material consists of coding challenges that are designed to help you learn to be a good independent software developer. It's the most effective way of learning.

How about learning to code online, by myself?

It's certainly possible. Our founder, Josh, was self-taught. In his words, "It made me very independent compared to many computer science college graduates." However, it usually takes a long time to learn on your own because of the steep learning curve. Josh took 2 years to get to where his graduates are getting to in just 10 weeks. We started NEXT Academy as the best of both worlds of being self-taught while still having the support and social experience of going through college without sacrificing years of your life to learn one thing.

I have a full-time job and I can't leave, what can I do?

This course is for post-SPM students who are below 20 and have yet obtain a bachelors degree. Please look at the eligibility criteria under Step 1.

Upon acceptance and enrolment, you are expected to commit full time to the course, else you would be dropped from class and there would be no refund and certification.

I'm already learning to code on my own, should I join NEXT Academy?

We have a vested interest to say yes. But you should decide based on your progress. The key differences between learning on your own and with us are the guidance you get from experts and having the social environment where you will have people to learn together and maybe even collaborate with in future.

During the ALPHA program, you will also be provided an internship placement by us with one of our employer partners.

Should I go to university and study Computer Science?

Again, this depends on your goals and which university in question. We get quite a few fresh graduates of Computer Science degrees from other universities coming to NEXT Academy. The reason why they came to NEXT Academy after earning a Computer Science degree was because they say they weren't taught what they wanted to learn in university. If all you want is to learn how to build apps, a Computer Science degree is great but not neccessarily the best way to get started. If you want deep understanding of systems and more, Computer Science is great. A CS degree will certainly make you a great developer as well. Also, if you wanted to pursue a CS degree, we suggest aiming for the best colleges in the world such as Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, MIT or University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Do I need any formal education prior to enrolling into NEXT Academy?

Please look at the eligibility criteria under Step 1.

How does the scholarship & payback work?

Our goal is to invest in your journey without you bearing the high cost of quality education upfront, leaving you with greater flexibility later on in life to pursue bigger dreams and ambitions. We are willing to take a bet on you and defer the tuition fee and only get paid when you begin earning an income.

Your full tuition fee is structured as an Income Sharing Agreement (ISA).

  • There is a one-time upfront fee of RM4000.

  • During the study months, you will not need to pay any additional fees.

  • During each month of your 9-months internship, RM500 of your monthly internship salary (roughly 30-40%) will be shared with us while allowing you to keep the majority of the salary.

  • RM4000 (upfront)
    + (RM500 x 9 months internship)
    = RM8,500
    (original fee is RM11,500)

This system is based on trust. We want to provide opportunities to fellow Malaysians regardless of background, to get into these well-demanded Industry 4.0 careers.

Why are we doing deferred tuition?

The original intentions of education is to provide opportunities for all to obtain knowledge necessary to compete and contribute to the evolution of society. 

There are far too many stories about how families forked out tens to hundreds of thousands only to find that their time and money led to poor outcomes for students after graduating.

The NEXT Academy Alpha program is short learn + work + earn experience where qualifying candidates can gain both practical knowledge and real working experience to put our Alpha students far ahead of their peers, capable of graduate level employment and higher earning potential years ahead of peers that go through dated traditional pathways in just 1 year.

Although this programme is designed for extreme employability, students of this programme would still have the option to return to a traditional path if they choose to do so.

Our Income Sharing Agreement is built on the belief and trust that a big portion of the tuition should only be payable when a student achieves the financial capability to finance the cost of their education.

How do I apply for the 0% monthly instalment plan?

Malaysian Maybank Credit Card holders are eligible for the 12-month 0% monthly installment plan for the RM4,000 upfront fee. This can be done online.

Can I pay by cheque?

Yes, we accept payment by cheque, you'll have to come to our office to make the payment.

What is the purpose of the onsite entrance exam?

The entrance exam is conducted for us to get to know you better. This is a logic test. We want to help you find out if the ALPHA program will be a good fit for you.

Upon registering, you will be prompted to schedule the entrance exam. It will be conducted onsite.

Can I still join the ALPHA program if I didn't do well during the entrance exam?

You would not be able to join the current intake but you can re-apply for the future intake.

Is there a due date for enrolment?

It is based on first-come-first serve basis with limited seats. There are many incidents where hopeful participants are turned away because the intake was full.

Can I defer once I've enrolled?

We do not allow deferment unless it is a medical related issue.

What happens if I drop out?

No refund and no certification will be provided.

Will there be incidences where the school will drop me as a student?

Yes. Dismissal of students is a serious matter to the faculty and done only within reasons pertaining to bad behavior. Warnings will be provided in advance before any irrevocable actions are taken by the faculty. All student activities such as classes, assignments, tests, internships are of high importance. Any, and not limited to, violation of these terms will result in dismissal from the programme with no refund and certification.

Are there any exams?

Yes, we will need to assess your progress to ensure that you are ready for your internship.

Can I resit the course?

You will need to retake the entire course from scratch and be considered as a new enrolment. You will have to pay for the course again.

Will I be able to get a job with what I am learning?

Yes. All our courses are done with employment and industry relevance in mind. Our students had obtained jobs as software developers even without a traditional degree in fields of IT or Computer Science.

Are there any requirements I must meet before joining the internship?

Yes, you will need to attend 98% of the class, complete the assignments and be considered ready by the mentors. Our goal is to set you up for success. 

Coding is a skill that you have to acquire. The way to prove your ability in programming is to code. Employers are willing to bypass the paper certifications as long as you have the ability to code. If you want a successful future in tech, work hard and we will support you.

Do I have to find my own internship placement?

No, we will place you in our employment partners. You will be expected to work as a real software developer during these internships.

Can I find my own internship?

Yes but subjected to prior approval. It needs to be a 9 months internship and you will have to honor the payment of RM500 per month during that period.

Will my performance during internship affect my progress in the program?

Yes. For 2 reasons.

Firstly, you will need to gain adequate coding experience to proceed on to the advanced module.

Secondly, the ALPHA program is a 1-year work-integrated learning course where you need to complete both classroom and internship portions before you can graduate from the course.

Can I have a second internship?

Yes. After the completion of 1-year, you will have the option to be placed for another 4-6 months.

What can I do at the end of the program?

Our graduates either start their own companies or work at some of the most exciting venture-backed startups. Some preferred to freelance and maintain the freedom to choose what they work on without committing to one single thing for a longer period of time. As a software developer, there's always something new to learn – either a new technology, a new way of doing things or just a new feature that you've never implemented before.

Unlike other courses that teaches you specific technology (making you only as good as what you learn from the course), NEXT Academy's Web Development Bootcamp was designed such that you would have learned all the right fundamentals to be able to build and learn anything new without dependence on anyone else.

What is the job prospect like for Web Developers? And how will NEXT Academy help me?

Software Developers in general are extremely in demand all over the world. There is currently a huge shortage of skilled software developers and this will continue for decades to come. Not just that, the rise of new jobs require some level of coding as well - e.g. data science, machine learning, A.I.

The shortage is caused by 2 reasons. One being fewer university students pursuing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The second and more important reason is how technology is being used to disrupt all industries from agriculture to transportation to retail. NEXT Academy has links with many technology startups across the region and will attempt to connect our talented graduates with the best startups.

I want to start a company. Will I be able to start a company after learning to code at NEXT Academy?

Yes and no.

Starting a company is hard. This is not a discouragement of entrepreneurship but a mere disclosure of the harsh reality of starting up. You will definitely be able to build your own MVP and save time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in hiring a freelance developer to build something for you. The skills you learn at NEXT Academy will also help you in hiring people you want to work with. And most importantly, at NEXT Academy, you will meet some of the brightest and most passionate individuals that you can collaborate with or hire.

Will I be able to work remotely as a software developer?

Software development is one of the best skills to have if you wish to work remotely. There are many jobs out there that permits software developers to work remotely. However, you will find it much easier to find a remote job after a few years of experience. There are certain cases where our graduates were able to find a consistent stream of freelance jobs that allowed them to work from home.

Will I be able to work in any other country as a software developer?

Yes. It just depends on your citizenship and your desired country's work visa policy. It defers from country-to-country.

Can I freelance as a software developer after the program?

Assuming you are committed and you work hard during your time at NEXT Academy, yes, you certainly can. However, we advise our graduates to be honest about their level of expertise. There will be clients who are willing to hire juniors and will be more understanding. The last thing you want as a freelancer is a mismatch of expectations. But worry not, as a freelancer, you'll be forced to learn so fast that you will be pretty senior in a short period of time.

How much do software developers earn in Malaysia and around the world?

The salary rate for Software Developers in Malaysia depends on the industry and kind of company you are in. Traditional companies typically pay much lower. However, after our program, if you choose to work in a startup as a junior software developer, you can expect around 30% above traditional market salary rates. It's trickier to estimate if you have had prior working experience in a non-related field. In cases like this, it depends on the discussion between you and your potential employer.

I want to learn to code. What language or framework should I learn first?

Beginners are often fooled into thinking that learning a specific language or framework is the right way to learn technology.

This is, however, completely wrong. But no one should be blamed for this because employers often post jobs such as "Java Developer", "C# Developers", "Python Developers".

However, what the employers don't tell people is how they interview their candidates. It's never about the language but a candidate's ability to solve problems, learn new things and get the work done. And if you went to a real Computer Science university, the last thing they will ever tell you is how important a specific language or framework is.

Instead of learning a specific language or framework, learn to think like a programmer and you can always learn any new language or framework easily. This is important because new languages and frameworks appear or change all the time.

I heard that we learn how to build web apps at NEXT Academy. What is the difference between web apps and websites?

There are many varying versions of this. But the general consensus in the tech community is that websites are static while web apps are dynamic.

In layman terms, a website can only present one kind of information to everyone while web apps can present different information to different people. Think of websites as information sites whilst sites like Facebook/ Airbnb/ Quora are web apps.

Web apps have the ability to identify you and serve content relevant to you. You can often log in or store data like write a blog post or upload a picture. An e-commerce site is also another example of a web app. Banks use web apps to power a lot of their end-user systems such as ATMs and online banking.

Websites are great for bakery shops trying to tell people where they are located and have some pictures to show off their delicious cakes!

Can I build mobile apps at the end of the program?

Not immediately. But everything that you learn in the program will be used to build mobile apps as well.

There are 2 key things you learn at our Web Development bootcamp that will be carried over to mobile app development.

1. You learn to be a programmer. That means you now have the ability to pick up skills to build for anything from Android phones to iOS to self-driving cars.

2. Mobile apps often require web apps or (as some people call it) backend apps to support it. Think Instagram. You might think Instagram is a mobile app but behind-the-scenes, you need a "web app" or "backend app" to store the pictures, associate them to your profile, manage your followers and followings, serve you images when you open your Instagram app on your phone and more.

I heard a lot about Javascript, Go, etc. do we learn that at the bootcamp?

Yes. You will learn about Javascript in the bootcamp. You can learn Go very easily after you graduate from our program. Read our answer to "I want to learn to code. What language or framework should I learn first?"

Meet Our Graduates

Our graduates join us from all walks of life, find out what they have to say about us!
"Coming to NEXT Academy bootcamp really helped me tremendously. It increased my speed of learning, and it’s so exciting that I can learn together with like-minded people from all over the world!"
Emika Ijuin
Civil Engineer to Full-stack Coder
"Coding is really just one part of the journey at NEXT Academy. You get people from around the world coming to this bootcamp! You hve people with different backgrounds and diverse experiences come to share what they've learned in their life."
Jeffrey Soong
Restaurateur to Full-stack Coder
"As a business owner, I wanted to learn to code to be more involved in my tech media business. I joined NEXT Academy and throughout the course, I rebuilt my entire site from scratch and included my own features."
Sean Mitchell
Entrepreneur & Full-stack Coder
"I had some application ideas for my country, but I didn't know how to code. I decided to join NEXT Academy to make an impact to my country. It has been an amazing journey."
Abal Aziz
Full-stack Coder

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