LC 101: A Code Odyssey

Blast off to a new career in tech!

What is LaunchCode 101?

Want to launch a career in tech? To start on this path, you need the right training. With so many options available to learn skills it can be hard to know where to start.

LaunchCode has developed a curriculum providing you with world-class resources to put you on the path to obtaining a job in tech. Informed by LaunchCode’s successful apprenticeship program, we developed this course to teach you the skills that are in high demand within the tech community. To help you succeed in this rigorous course, LC 101 provides a supportive classroom environment with in-person mentoring from instructors, teaching fellows, and local developers.

You’ll have only one mission: to boldly code like no one has coded before!

What do I need to take the class?

Students will need access to a laptop to participate in the course. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide students with laptops at this time. Chromebooks and tablets will not be sufficient for use in this course. If you own a PC, you must have Windows 7 OS or more recent, though Windows 8 is strongly preferable. Please apply all system upgrades before coming to class.

Students are expected to spend at least 20 hours each week on coursework, including time spent in class. The class meets twice a week for 3-hour session. Outside of class you are expected to spend 10-15 hours doing readings, watching videos, working on practice problems, and completing assignments.

Open Access Unit 1

This course is broken down into 3 units. Due to space restrictions, not all applicants will be admitted to the full in-person section. Those that are not initially admitted to in-person sections will have the option to take the 6-week Unit 1 curriculum online, with mentorship from teaching fellows. Students in the Open Access section that complete all required coursework by Unit 1 deadline will be provided with a seat to take Units 2 & 3 in a classroom setting.

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What You'll Learn


This course is broken down into 3 units.

  • Unit 1: Programming Fundamentals - the core of coding
  • Unit 2: Universal Web - the basics of web applications
  • Unit 3: Skill Tracks - tracks oriented toward job-ready skills

LC 101 is a 20-week course designed to prepare participants to become web developers. The course is taught in several programming languages, including Python, Java, and Javascript. All students will complete the same core curriculum in Python and then learn a specialized language track designed to hone key skills that are in high demand.

For more information about the curriculum, check out the Course Syllabus.


Application Process


Step 1: Apply

To begin, you must complete an application. Here you will be asked a few questions about basic demographic information (e.g. name, address, DOB, etc.), as well as a few additional questions about your previous experience, and reasons for taking the class.

Step 2: Problem Solving Assessment

After completing your application for the class, you will be emailed a brief problem solving assessment to the email address you used to apply. You will have 45 minutes to complete the assessment. Once you open it, the clock is running. You must complete it in one sitting, so make sure to do it on a computer--not a phone--with a good internet connection.

Note: You must complete this assessment before your application will be considered.

Step 3: Decision Notification

Applicants will be notified of their application status by the Decision Date specified for each course (see courses in "Registration" header above) You will be notified of your application status by that date, though you may receive notification sooner. Please do not inquire about your application unless you have not heard by that date.

Applicants will receive one of these decisions:

  1. Rejected - Unfortunately, your application did not meet our criteria for admission to the class at this time. You are welcome to apply to any and all future classes.
  2. Invited to Pre-Work - You will be accepted to the class as long as you complete a pre-work assignment before the Pre-work Deadline. You must complete this work in order to be officially enrolled (see Steps 4 and 5).

Step 4: Invited To Pre-work

Applicants who are selected for the class are given pre-work that they must complete in order to officially claim their spot and enroll in the course. This pre-work provides an exposure to coding, ensuring that every student has an initial foundation before the start of the class. If you have never coded before, we anticipate this may take between 10 - 15 hours (don’t procrastinate!), but may take less if you have some previous experience. You must submit your pre-work by the Pre-Work Deadline specified for each course. We will not accept pre-work submitted after the deadline, so please ensure that you leave plenty of time to get this done.

Step 5: Official Enrollment

After completing the pre-work correctly, applicants will receive an email confirming their enrollment in the course. Applicants may also check their status by logging into their LaunchCode account.


Frequently Asked Questions


Am I a good fit for the class?

This class requires no prior programming experience, but you will need to be comfortable with computer use (using the internet, downloading software, etc). LC 101 is intended to teach skills needed to be employable as a programmer, and is best suited for individuals who are interested in a career in tech. Students should be 18 or older.

We have also found that students who succeed in the class have a solid foundation in basic math and problem solving. That is why we have developed a short Problem Solving Assessment as a part of application process.

How much time will I need to spend on the class?

Over the 20 weeks of class, most students will need to commit at least 20 hours per week for class and homework.

Do I need to own a laptop to participate in the class? If so, what are the specifications?

Students will need access to a laptop to participate in the course. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide students with laptops at this time. Chromebooks and tablets will not be sufficient for use in this course. If you own a PC, you must have Windows 7 OS or more recent, though Windows 8 is strongly preferable. Please apply all system upgrades before coming to class.

There are no other requirements to participate.

How are applicants selected for the course?

Each student is assessed on three things:

  1. Aptitude for problem solving and logical reasoning.
  2. Previous coding experience. We do not require applicants to have previous coding experience, though we do take it into account. Some coding questions are included in the Problem Solving Assessment, but it is possible to get into the class while not answering any of those correctly.
  3. When enrolling students, we also strive to assemble a class that reflects the broader community and represents a diverse array of backgrounds.

Can I be admitted to the class if I don't do well on the Problem Solving Assessment?

Yes, though it is less likely. The reason we give the Problem Solving Assessment significant weight is because it shows us how students approach new puzzles that require logical thinking, which directly relates to a student’s ability to master the material presented in the class.

Can I retake the Problem Solving Assessment?

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow applicants to retake the Assessment unless they can demonstrate that they experienced technical difficulties that prohibited them from completing it.

I didn’t receive an email with the Assessment. Now what?

You can always view your current status by logging into your LaunchCode account, and viewing “Classes”. There, you will be able to access the Assessment as long as you have correctly submitted the application.

When will I hear back about my application?

Each class has a Decision Date, by which you will receive notification of your application status. Please do not inquire about your application unless you have not heard by that date.

I was unable to submit my pre-work by the deadline. Can I submit my pre-work late?

No. Unfortunately, we finalize all of our course enrollment at the Pre-Work Deadline, so you are not able to submit your pre-work late. We give students 2 weeks to complete the pre-work to allow ample time to work around any other time commitments. We highly encourage you to submit the pre-work a few days before the due date to ensure that no technical difficulties or personal events get in the way.

I will have to miss several classes throughout the course. Is that ok?

Yes, it is okay to miss a class as long as you keep up with the lessons and homework set out in the schedule. Remember, you will need to make up any class time you miss on your own time, and you won’t have the benefit of having your classmates and Teaching Fellows right there to answer your questions. As prior students have found, once you fall behind in class, the fast pace of the curriculum means it quickly becomes very difficult to catch up again.

Are there grades in this class? How do I pass / fail?

The class is broken up into three Units. There are no grades in the class, but students must complete all of the required assignments from the current Unit in order to continue to the next. Those deadlines will be made clear at the beginning of the class.

If I don’t get accepted, what are my options? When is the next class scheduled?

We will be announcing our next class soon. If you’d like to make sure you’re the first to hear about it, please fill out the interest form found under the registration for your city.

Will LaunchCode get me a job if I finish this class?

LaunchCode does not guarantee that we will place any student in our classes into a job. Students interested in the LaunchCode apprenticeship program will need to do a separate application and go through our candidate evaluation process. In order to prepare a successful application for the apprenticeship program, students will need to put in roughly 150 additional hours of independent work on a coding project, which may take up to 8 weeks after the conclusion of the class.