Founders & Coders C.I.C. runs the only free full-time coding course in the UK. It takes students with little or no knowledge of programming and turns them into full-stack web developers.
After completing the course, students are encouraged to join our freelance community and to contribute to a growing array of community activities, including the course itself.
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||16 students|
|Commitment||50 hours in class/wk|
I learnt more during the last four months than at any other time of my life. It is exactly what my university experience should have been like and all without the £30,000 debt. What makes Founders and Coders so great is the people. The entry requirements are tough and this ensures that you are surrounded by intelligent, switched on individuals. Everyone has pushed me to be better every day, I would not be anywhere near as far in my coding career if it was not for this course. As well as the skills I have picked up, there are the friends that I have made. The atmosphere in the space is one of the most welcoming, accepting and friendly I have ever encountered, I will have a hard time leaving!
Are you looking to become a great developer, but do not have previous experience in web development?
Do you want a great learning journey, and share it with a group of young people you'll soon be calling friends?
Founders & Coders is the answer!
Founders & Coders is not only incredibly good to learn Full-stack Web Development, it is a community you can rely on to keep on learning, and a place which feels like home.
You will learn from day1(!!) to build powerful websites. By the end of the course you will be highly confident building full-stack apps, whether in 1-2 day hackathons or over the span of several weeks. I am now a much better developer than I could have ever imagined when applying.
One of the key differences with other bootcamps is that the learning doesn't stop aft...Read more
After a masters in Art History, I was unhappy about where my career was going. I found out about the school and joined Founders and Coders a couple of months later and honestly could say it was one of my best life choices. I've met lots of lovely people; the work is challenging and creative; my career looks much more promising. I have found that the collaborative way of teaching suits me very well. I have learnt so much in the last few months. In addition, I have been given the opportunity to work with amazing clients such as Breast Cancer Care and other reputible charities so early on in my career as a developer. I would highly recommend.
What surprised me about Founders and Coders was that at its core, the key to its success was a group of people in a room committing to learning together. It's so simple but deceptively powerful.
It was one of the hardest, most intense experiences of my life, Founders and Coders doesn't hold you hand, it teaches you how to learn.
I learnt more in 16 weeks than I did in 3 years, met some extremely talented people who I want to continue working with and am really excited about my future in software development.
In no particular order:
- A rounded introduction to fullstack development
- A modern syllabus (ES6, Node, Hapi, React, etc)
- Supportive environment and mentors
- Encourages resourcefulness, self-directed and peer-supported learning
- Regular feedback sessions to shape and tailor aspects of the course to each cohort
- High entry requirements, very selective
- Lots of external speakers from industry on a variety of topics
- Social enterprise which encourages engagement with third sector
It's hard to believe how much I have learned on the course when I think back to how little I knew before starting. Having finished the course, I feel comfortable setting up a full-stack, fully functional web-app - frontend, backend, database, and any of a number of powerful modern frameworks.... I remember before the course, I barely knew how to make a simple static web-page.
The fact is that Founders & Coders is an incredibly effective way of learning the skills you need to start a real career in software development. IT WORKS as a way of gaining an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in a very short amount of time. It's also amazing fun, thanks to the people teaching and running the course, as well as the close ties you build with your fellow students.
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This is a fantastic coding school, it genuinely feels like a cooperative. The tutors are always happy to give guidance, but also give you the support you need to let you teach yourself. The curriculum is constantly adapting to the views and needs of the students. You are encouraged from early on in the course to branch out and go to lots of tech meet ups and hackathons, this gives you a well rounded view of the London tech industry and teaches you how to promote your developer skills.
Go for it :)
Founders & Coders is an amazing course.
I did the course Summer 2015 and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
The course was a lot of hard work but I loved it. It's amazing how much knowledge can be learnt in such a short period of time. The peer learning and self teaching has left me with more skills and knowledge I could have ever imagined and after the course I was able to get a job as a web developer.
-Knowledgeable, inspiring and fun teachers
-One of the few courses to offer Node.js and React training
-A great community feel
-Option to get paid working on freelance projects for the final 4 weeks of the course
-A member of the community forever
-Option to get involved in teaching the future cohorts
I can confidently say that Founders and Coders has changed my life. The amount of knowledge I have gained from Founders and Coders is unmeasurable. There is no way I could have learnt what I did. In such a short space of time, on my own.
For me, the future looks so much brighter and that's all thanks to Founders and Coders.
I can safely say that the Founders & Coders Boot camp, has been a thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience. Coming from a back ground in sales, whilst pursuing various online routes to learning how to build websites I became dis-enfranchised with being the lone ranger sitting at home. After attending the Monday evening meet-up sessions I began to take on the pre-requisites for the Boot camp after getting a feel for the environment I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of. The course itself consisted of weekly tasked based learning in the form collaborative projects. Whilst the course is taught free of tuition there was no compromise on the quality provided. Throughout Founders & Coders we were encouraged to participate in pair programming and help one a...Read more
I've never learned as much in 3-4 months as I did at Founders&Coders. Thanks to the course, I managed to land a job as a Front-end developer in a very exciting startup in Norway. There is no chance I could have done this otherwise.
The course is also very social, so I made a lot of new friends. The F&C space is constantly filled with friendly, ambitious and interesting people.
To potential future students reading this: I'd recommend you to spend 100% of your time on the course. Most people need to spend more than the regular 9 to 5-hours in order to get to a good enough level within three months. Plus, get used to figuring out how to solve problems on your own. This is an important skill - both during the course (which is based around peer-to-peer learning) and after you've gradua...Read more
I knew I wanted to get into programming. But I didn't know what I should learn in order to get a job. And even if I did, teaching myself would be mega boring. Then I heard about Founders and Coders.
I have, quite literally, learnt more than I could ever have imagined in an incredibly short space of time. It's quite unbelievable - all of a sudden, half the techy/coding jargon floating around the internet isn't so foreign to me anymore. The command line is becoming second-nature. I'm empowered to have great ideas and be able to code them into reality. In short, Founders and Coders has given me exactly what I was looking for, without having to pay a penny. The organisers are lovely, and symbiosis of 'coding' and 'co-operative' works very well.
If you know you want to get into...Read more
Founders & Coders offered me a chance to develop my interest in computers and web development into a full time career in a matter of weeks. After starting the 8 week course in January I went through what was probably the most intense and enjoyable two months of my life, spending each week working on a new project with my team-mates that would prepare us for some of the challenges we would face as web developers. After finishing the course I began working on short one or two week paid projects that helped serve as an introduction into the real world of development, with the option of extending contracts with the clients we enjoyed working with. This would not have been possible without the years of experience and industry contacts the F&C membership have.
The course is run almost excl...Read more
I have always been vaguely interested in programming. Everything I heard about it made it seem like it would be a good fit and that I would enjoy it. But exactly what I should be doing to develop understanding, competence and confidence as a programmer and developer was always obscure at best, and more concrete tasks would get priority.
Though the 8 week core ...Read more
Attending Founders & Coders was a life changer for me. Meeting people that are like-minded, willing to work hard and have a wide range of interests is beyond anything that I have seen so far. You will learn everything you need to code your own web app, or work as a full-stack web developer. The support system is incredible, you have numerous mentors around that will take any amount of time to explain, and help you out. The fact that admission is free adds a whole new dimension to the course, people there are willing to put in so much effort! Being part of that community also makes me feel confident, that whenever I encounter a problem in future I know whom to get back to for support and advice. Thanks a lot for the great time Founders and Coders!
I was looking for a coding bootcamp in London and found FAC, it was the best thing I could find anywhere in the UK. I applied immediately and was fortunate enough to get offered a place for the summer cohort. The course has been a fantastic experience and more than anything that I could have imagined. FAC have a unique approach where they group students into four groups of four and each group works on a challenging project each week. The curriculum is fluid, but very relevant - for example in week four we created a twitter clone complete with location based tweets. If you are thinking of joining a bootcamp course then I would highly recommend Founders and Coders.
- fast-paced - covers an immense amount of information in a short space of time (would've taken me years to learn it all on my own!)
- covers both Express and Hapi NodeJS frameworks
- focus on test driven development
- chance to build a new website every week in teams of 4 (8 portfolio websites at the end of the course!)
- great mentorship and support from experienced developers
- friendly, welcoming, non-judgemental atmosphere
- optional extra clubs to learn SaSS, Haskell, Swift and Raspberry Pi
I was drawn to Founders & Coders because a friend did the course last year and was very positive about the experience. Having been involved in cooperatives before, I was also interested in its cooperative working environment and commitment to widening access to web development. Overall I have had a great time on the course. It is tough, but I have learned so much over the course of the foundation programme that it surprises me. In the end, I have started to focus on a couple of platforms that interest me, as well as F&C's outreach and education efforts.
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