Founders & Coders
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Recent Founders & Coders Reviews: Rating 4.86
Founders & Coders runs what is probably the most challenging course of its kind in the UK: A 16-week, full-time foundation course in software development for the Web, followed by up to 10 weeks building a portfolio and helping us deliver the course to our next cohort of students.
- Prep Work
- 200+ hours of self-study
Founders & Coders runs what is probably the most challenging course of its kind in the Middle East: A 16-week, full-time foundation course in software development for the Web, followed by up to 10 weeks building a portfolio and helping us deliver the course to our next cohort of students.
- Prep Work
- 200+ hours of self-study
Founders & Coders Reviews
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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 the market. JS Promises where banned, ReactJS was banned, Express was banned. People kept complaining and eventually any idea was regarded with suspicion or shut down.
In general the atmosphere was not very friendly. There were constant discussions going on about gender equality, feminism, white male privilege, systemic misogyny. I heard more the once sentences like 'stick it to the white male' or 'the white male ticket has expired'.
There was a female only meeting for coding, but when one of us created a male only whatsapp group for going to the pub( never used anyways), we were ordered by the management to shut it down, and all of us were labelled as misogynists.
Honestly, I went there to improve my coding, I really didn't want to be part of all that.
On a more personal note, I also worked on a project for them at the end of the cohort, I was the lead developer for the project and we won the competition the customer organised. It was a really exiting machine learning project and they applied for further funding, which I was told they were likely to receive some months later. I asked the management to be included in the further development of the project, which I was told was a normal thing at founders and coders. However one of them came to me one day asking to forward her all the emails, the repo and all the material I had, and thanking me for the job I did.
So for me it was a bad experience. They seem to have very good review now, maybe something changed in the meantime.
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 code.
- half-way through the programme we were given an opportunity to build a full stack app using a technology stack of our choice.
- after graduation all students students were given an opportunity to continue to work on paid projects, internships, short-term contracts or full-time jobs.
But above all, the thing I've enjoyed the most is the supportive community of fellow students, freelancers, alumni and startup founders.
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 of my life, I cannot recommend it enough!
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 after the course! You have a community which supports you! I have just finished the 16th (and last official) week of the course and am looking at working immediately on customer projects as a freelancer with my friends from the course. We will carry on learning and exploring new technologies together, and have the support of the FAC community (the experienced developers who graduated before us).
Web development cannot be taught on a whiteboard and a set of manuals, so this calls for a very practical approach. F&C's learning method is very powerful and unique for three specific reasons: exploration, group work, peer-led learning.
You will learn how to learn new topics, practicing every week. I cannot emphasize how important this is in tech, where new technologies will be coming up all the time! You will also never experience spoon-feeding, and grow as a learner as well as a developer.
I have learned more in 2 weeks working in groups, than in 3 months learning on my own! And it's been way more fun and rewarding! Working in groups and pair programming, you will support, push and help each other to do more and better and to keep learning.
It may not be clear right now (it wasn't for me at the start), but teaching is an invaluable way to learn... for you and for the FAC community. It's what makes the course FREE (I still cannot believe it is!!) for the students, and will consolidate your learning! It will also not take too much of your time as a teacher (it is perfectly compatible with working the rest of the day). I'm really excited to do that!
If you are still not convinced, here are some other great reasons why F&C is so good!
- You can contribute to making F&C an even better place! F&C values your opinion and asks for your feedback at least on a weekly basis (e.g. we have group sessions where you can potentially propose new best practices).
- Highly selective entry. I believe this ultimately leads to a higher learning standard. Being a free course, only means that the selection criteria are based on your motivation and aptitude/mentality rather than your willingness to pay (I have successfully applied to all other major bootcamps in EU and US as well, so I know this for a fact).
- All common best practices included: Test Driven Development (TDD), pair-programming, learning-by-doing, etc.
- Variety of backgrounds, experiences and cultures - F&C recognizes the importance of ensuring a balance between men and women, which is rewarding to the overall experience.
It is without a doubt one of the best experiences that I have ever had and I have no doubt that the skills learned will be a massive help in my career as a developer.
I had been looking for a good coding bootcamp in London and Founders & Coders was by far the best I found. I had an amazing learning experience here and I would strongly recommend it. The quality of the program is remarkable, people are friendly and always happy to help.
Founders and Coders has taught me in an intensive 16 weeks, the principles for being a full stack developer. I have been given a great introduction to a knowledgeable, experienced and up to date community of developers and feel very little restrictions to my development as a developer.
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 susrpised me about Founders and Coders was that at its core, the key to its success was a group of people in a room commiting 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 continute working with and am really excited about my future in software development.
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.
I can't really think of many cons. The fact that the course is free means that it gets a lot of applicants, and so you have to put substantial time and effort into learning the prerequisites before you actually start the course. Another possible con is that you can't expect to have your hand held. The course relies on self-learning and peer-learning, and the instruction you receive from the teachers is limited to the essentials - this means that you get out of the course what you put in.
As far as getting jobs goes, I think Founders & Coders offers more help than many other bootcamps. They have a great system in place to get graduates paid freelance work after you finish the course - this lets you gain experience and build a portfolio to show to recruiters in the future. If you're thinking about applying, I can't recommend it enough.
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 2016 and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
The course was alot 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.
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 Bootcamp 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 weekley 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 another to overcome every task. We had speakers from a broad spectrum of renowned organisations and potential employers such as , The Guardian, Twitter and The BBC.
Whilst the curriculum is vast and the pace fast it certainly lives up to the 'Boot camp' label. Even if you come away with 50% of the knowledge that is provided to you it's a worthwhile experience. Fantastic way to spend 4 months highly worth it !!!
When I was learning on my own, after six months of coding I managed to make a website about football scores with three differently sized boxes and a button that randomly generated the football scores because I couldn't figure out how to actually get the real football scores.
After six weeks of Founders & Coders, my team and I have created a working blog from scratch, a soundcloud playlist app, a wordsearch app with autocomplete search and dictionary definitions, a version of twitter (ours distinguished itself by allowing 141 characters), and most recently a working version of instagram. I'm not even slightly exaggerating.
That's six weeks' worth of projects. In the ninth week, we'll move out of the classroom and start working on projects for clients. Where else could you imagine that after eight weeks of training, you'll be in a position to deliver genuine value to someone else's business?
Through a mixture of expert instruction and collaboration with our peers, we've made faster progress that I ever dreamed was possible. I couldn't recommend Founders & Coders more to anyone who wants to devote a helluvalotta effort, with the guarantee that they'll get out of it what they put into it.
I took this course in Summer 2015. It was an truly great experience. I had a fantastic time and met some wonderful people and, most importantly, I am now earning a living as a web developer. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about learning to programme. Expect to work very hard.
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