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Back-End Web Development

  • Gain a certificate of completion
  • 100% remote, online learning
  • Hands-on, practice-based training
  • No pre-requisite skills required
  • Benefit from ALX Foundations training at the start of the course


6 Months 20-30 hrs/week, Online
Application Deadline: 21 May 2024
Start date: 3 June 2024
Cost: Admin Fee Applies

Become a Back-end Web Developer

Being a Back-End Developer is a bit like being the electrician of a website or app. Without the right connections behind the scenes, the lights in front don’t quite work.

As a back-end developer, your role is to build and manage servers, security, and data storage that help websites run properly. While back-end developers work on unseen processes, their contributions are vital to the success and functionality of all digital platforms.

The programme kicks off with ALX Foundations, a 2-month module that prepares you to thrive in the digital workforce. You will learn critical communication, leadership, and career-building skills that will help you develop into a well-rounded professional.

You will learn the basics of programming with languages like JavaScript and Python and data management tools like SQL. The capstone project culminates with planning, developing, and deploying a backend web application that is fully-functional. This hands-on, project-based learning style prepares you to work as a backend developer after graduation.

No matter your skill level, this programme is designed to take you from novice to a job-ready Back-End Web Developer in 6 months.


Start Your Career in Tech as a Back-End Developer

58% of job openings in the digital economy require basic coding and programming skills

27 M

Back-End developers worldwide


Of Back-End Developers learn online

Statista, Stack Overflow

Top Employers Who Are Hiring in Back-End Web Developers


Who This Programme is For


You want to launch a career in tech and are looking for the perfect place to start for a total newbie.


You have a basic understanding of software development, but want to build your back-end skills in essential areas like database and server management.


You’re on your way to becoming a full-stack developer and want to master back-end development to enhance your skill set.

Get a job in Back-End Web Developer

This fully-online programme provides you with the foundations to start designing and building websites in no time. You will tackle the foundations of coding and get to grips with the most used design tools, setting you up for a career as a Back-End Developer.

Prepare for jobs such as

  • Junior Back-End Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • API Developer
  • System Administrator
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Backend Web Analyst
  • Freelance Back-End Developer
  • Cloud Engineer
Back-End Web Development

Our Learner’s Journey

"ALX got me to step out of the norm into a totally different industry. I could never have imagined that I would be studying Software Engineering."

Busisiwe Duma

South Africa

"The program is challenging, but the hard things in life are the things that lead you further."


South Africa

"Don't let your gender define what you do. There are always unlimited opportunities - so with this ALX course I just tookit"

Rufaro Razuwika

South Africa


You’ll learn about

  • Basic proficiency in back-end languages like Python, Node.js, and Express.js
  • Database management with SQL (e.g., MySQL) and NoSQL (e.g., MongoDB) databases
  • REST API, Authentication, and other back-end concepts
  • How to build a basic, functional web application from the ground up
  • To problem-solve based on real-world scenarios

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Course Duration & Learning Modalities

6 months 20 hours per week, Online
15% Live Learning
10% Peer Learning
70% Doing Projects
5% Taking Quizzes

How You’ll learn


Work through downloadable content and online instructional material at your own pace.


Interact with your peers and mentors online or in-person at our Tech Hubs.


Supplement your learning with interactive content including video lectures and walk-throughs.


Test your knowledge with weekly quizzes and projects based on the latest in tech.


Investigate real-world case studies and learn to apply your skills practically.

Fees & Financing

Our partnerships allow us to offer eligible candidates access to sponsored world-class training with programme costs waived.

For all successfully accepted learners, ALX charges a one-time administration fee, payable upfront or in monthly instalments to confirm your enrollment in your programme.

2024 Administration Fee: $200

Pay in Full (discount 20%): $160

2x Instalment Plan: $100

Pay as you Learn (monthly): $33.33



2024 Administration Fee: *R3830 

Pay in Full (discount 20%): *R3064

2x Instalment Plan: *R1915

Pay as you Learn (monthly): *R638


*Please note administration fees are subject to currency exchange rates based on the country IE (South Africa) currency when making payments and that the cost indicated above may change based on this premise.  Participants acknowledge that the course fee in their local currency may change based on fluctuations in the exchange rate. The rand fees are guideline on costs and students should refer to the dollar amount.


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Programme Requirements

  • 18-34 years old
  • Of African origin
  • Ability to write and speak English proficiently
  • A laptop or desktop computer with access to a stable internet connection


What is ALX?
ALX offers job-ready training in the tech fields employers need most. ALX, in partnership with The ROOM, is brought to you by the organisation that leads African Leadership Academy, African Leadership University, and Anzisha Prize Foundation.
What are the payment terms and options?

Find out about our available payment terms and options here . Eligible candidates can apply directly for sponsored placements in the programme

Who is this program for?

Introduction to software engineering is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with limited coding experience.

What do I need to be successful l in the program?

This program has no prerequisites or prior experience required in web development or coding. However, to be successful we do require you to be able to dedicate up to 20 hours a week for the duration of the program, you will be required to have access to a steady internet connections and be proficient in written and spoken English.

What happens after my programme ends and I need to find a job?

All ALX learners are invited to join The ROOM Fellowship community where you will have access to a global network of resources, job opportunities, and ongoing career support.

Am I able to go to the Hubs?
Attending the in-person hubs is a benefit of the ALX learning experience. The in-person co-working spaces are designed to provide accountability, peer support, and the opportunity for face-to-face interaction and networking. This is intended to boost productivity and help individuals achieve their goals.
What can I do with a certificate in cloud computing?
With a certificate from the ALX Cloud Computing Programme, you can become a certified IT professional. This credential will help you get your dream cloud computing job as a cloud developer, cloud architect, or cloud project manager, to name a few.
Does cloud computing require coding knowledge?

To work within the cloud, coding isn’t necessarily required. For jobs that will pay less, you don’t need to know how to code. If, however, you want to become a Cloud Architect, Developer, or work in DevOps, you will have to learn how to code. Luckily, it isn’t hard to learn on the job if you want to.

What is ALX Foundations?

ALX Foundations is a transformative experience that will give you the edge to stand out in the job market, with expert training in interview techniques, soft skills, and essential career competencies.

What happens after I complete my programme?
Upon successfully completing your programme, you will be invited to join the Fellowship community where you will have access to a global network of resources, job opportunities, and ongoing career support.


How can I get in touch with ALX Africa to answer the questions I have?

Please ask LEA our Learning Experience Assistant for more information and answers to any additional questions.


Can I register for multiple programmes at the same time?

Due to training requirements and programme rigour, ALX permits learners to be enrolled in one programme at any given time. If you have applied to or are currently enrolled in a programme, you will not be eligible to apply to another programme.

If I don’t meet the age and origin requirements, can I still apply for a sponsored place?
Learners who do not meet the country of origin or age requirements for sponsored placements have the option to pay for the programme, or apply for our ALX Global programmes. ALX Global programmes are offered at reduced time and rate, however will not include the foundation modules or offer access to any of our in-person, community or hub activations
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