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|
An amazing experience, I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Firstly for the sense of community whilst learning. Students are expected to support fellow students during the course, and you also contribute through hosting meetups for new coders and through mentoring. There really is a sense of being 'in it together' which makes the whole thing really enjoyable!
The course material was fresh and current, largely because Founders & Coders is based on an iterative model - each cohort of students feeds back on the syllabus and the experience as a whole, so the course is updated & improved each time. As a student the learning is mostly focused on ‘learning by doing’ (workshops and coding challenges, as well as a weekly group project). Don’t expect to be spoon fed, but do expect to learn valua...Read more
I am a graduate of Founders and Coders and I can honestly say it is one of the best things I have been a part of.
The curriculum is ever evolving determined by current trends in tech. Topics during our cohort included accessibility, Node, Express, relational databases, React, authentication. We consolidated our knowledge through weekly projects, which also helped hone our skills in pair-programming, TDD, code reviews, team retrospectives and the Git work flow; all assets in the professional environment.
Not only do you come out with these skills; you also become part of the Founders and Coders community. This was the main selling point for my decision to attend Founders and Coders. All alumni and students go above and beyond to ensure everyone feels welcome, and are more than will...Read more
I’ve recently graduated from Founders and Coders, and I’m amazed at how much I learnt in 16 weeks. I’m definitely very prepared to be a full stack web developer.
The course has a great balance of workshops, coding challenges, short weekly team projects and longer 3 week projects which has given me fantastic experience of working in a team and problem solving, along with a really solid grounding in the technical concepts.
What makes Founders and Coders so special is the sense of community from the day you arrive, and after you graduate. There’s a sense of excitement about making FAC the brilliant learning experience that it is, and it’s such a supportive and collaborative environment which is so unique.
I would highly recommend Founders and Coders!
I've just graduated from Founders and Coders. Before enrolling on the course I was studying BSc Computing at university. Just at the end of the first year, I found out about FAC, and decided to drop off the uni as I didn't enjoy paying an arm and a leg for studying mainly in my own time, outdated tools. At that period I wasn't sure how well FAC would work for me, and now I can certainly say that it was the best decision I've ever made. I learnt so much within the last 4 months, and I'm well prepared to get a job as Junior Developer. I learnt Express, React and Redux, which are currently in a big demand on the market. I'm very thankful for the opportunity I was given and definitely recommend the course to everyone who wants to get into coding.
My cohort was the last one that didn't have to pay for this boot-camp so that was a big plus. Also the founder of FAC procured small contracts with real customers in London, so that we could have some real world work experience while attending the bootcamp, which was really a good thing and don't know if many bootcamps do something like that for their students.
So why do I give a negative review? The learning experience and the atmosphere were poor in my opinion.
There were no proper lecturers, the curriculum was very loose. The responsibility to teach to attendees was left to the most 'experienced' members of the cohort. The less experienced attendees were routinely complaining they couldn't keep up and this led the management to ban several technologies that were widely used in t...
Never thought I could learn so much in such a small amount of time. Nazareth is still in it's early stages yet you get so much support from everyone, from great mentors and facilitators. The community is insane, teaching everyone how to truly cooperate for the collective good. All the work is very transparent and accessible on github. All the workshops are structured very well and the level of learning is progressive and well paced. The support at the end of the cohort is also like I've never seen before. Facilitators help in getting into projects or going for positions right at the end of the course. Couldn't have made a better choice.
What has also stood out for me is how welcoming the community is, both during and after the course - cohorts tend to keep in touch with others on the course, as well as those from previous cohorts, and continue to help each other improve.
I've just finished the Founders and Coders programme and I couldn't be happier. In summary, Founders and Coders taught me how to write clean and readable code and after completing the programme I was connected with a company who interviewed me and then offered a Software Engineering position.
The things I loved about Founders and Coders:
- we spent a lot it time writing Node.js servers and creating databases. This is very difficult to learn on your own.
- we built an app every week in a team of 2-4 people.
- challenging and engaging workshops.
- almost all the the time we pair programmed with a fellow student.
- there were weekly code reviews during which experienced developers would give us advice on how to improve our...Read more
Founders & Coders is an awesome full stack coding bootcamp. The culture and approach to life-learning (rather than spoon-fed learning) are what make it stand out to me. It's very intensive and there are ups and downs along the way, but you've got to work hard to reap the benefits of such fast learning.
At Founders & Coders you’ll not only develop your programming skills in the short space of time, you’ll also learn to how work well with others, be encouraged to contribute to helping develop the course itself, and work out of your comfort zone regularly to push you to higher levels. Simply put, the course will help you grow as an individual, and you’ll leave the course with highly valuable attributes that many employers look for.
The course reviews here sum up the course well, in my opinion the best thing about Founders & Coders are the core values shared by everyone- in short; every member is wonderfully motivated about making a positive difference to the world through technology, it’s inspiring. Applying to the course and completing the 16 weeks has been one of the best decisions ...Read more
I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to attend a Founders & Coders bootcamp. It's extremely challenging and hard work but I have learned more in the last 16 weeks than I did in the 10 months leading up to it when I was teaching myself to code solo by doing moocs. The community at F&C is great and the atmosphere is very friendly and supportive. My cohort was half women and that was very helpful in making me feel like I belonged there.
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.
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