Our cooperative, open-source web development curriculum focuses on peer-led problem solving — just like professional dev teams.
The programme prepares you to interview with tech firms for our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship.
Web development has social impact. We’re training socially conscious candidates motivated to change the tech industry for the better.
About the Programme
The Skills Bootcamp is offered three times a year and requires a commitment of two evenings and an additional 10+ hours of self-study and projects per week. Due to COVID-19, the course is currently virtual.
Weeks 1-3: Markup
Git workflow, CSS layout, semantic HTML, web accessibility, HTML forms
Weeks 4-6: HTTP
Weeks 7-9: Testing
Testing libraries, unit testing, integration testing, variable scoping, debugging, test-driven development, writing code
Weeks 10-12: Interviews
Interview preparation, final project, employer interviews
- Application opens: 1 April 2022
- Application close: 24 April 2022
- Skills Bootcamp: 16 May-4 August 2022
- Begin full-time apprenticeship*: 19 September
- Application close: 15 July 2022
- Skills Bootcamp: 19 September-9 December 2022
- Begin full-time apprenticeship*: 16 January 2023
How to apply
We recommend starting the process 3-6 months before the application is due. Candidates need to complete all of the following requirements:
Check your eligibility
In order to apply to our programme, applicants must:
- Live or be willing to move within commuting distance of London
- Be 18 years old or older
- Be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship
- Speak conversational English
Join us on Discord
If you’re eligible, we’ll send you an invite to Founders and Coders’ community on Discord. Most of our successful applicants use our Discord as a place to ask questions, collaborate with other applicants, and learn how to code with each other. Plus, it's where we have our virtual classrooms so it's good to get familiar with it early!
Understand the fundamentals
Learn the essentials of web development, so each new cohort starts on the same page. Create a freeCodeCamp account, then complete these sections of freeCodeCamp's curriculum.
Practice your skills
We've put together a series of prompts designed to help you bring all the different skills you've learned together. Complete all of the listed prompts.
Create an application website
Show us what you’ve learned and let us know why you think you’re a good fit for our programme. Create a website that fulfills all of these required criteria.
Apply for the course
Complete the application form. You’ll hear from us if you’ve been selected for an interview.
Who can apply to Founders and Coders?
We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and experience levels. Coding experience is helpful, but not required. Our application process grounds candidates in the basics before the course begins. We’re looking for candidates that:
- Work well with others. Founders and Coders is a peer-led community, and cohort members work together constantly. We prioritise a cohesive cohort (with personalities that work well together) over individual aptitude.
- Aren’t afraid of making mistakes. Coding is a process of trial and error. It’s okay to break things, if it helps you learn how to make things work.
- Are eager to learn. Successful candidates engage in self-study and research outside of the classroom—not just on web development, but on issues in our industry.
- Love solving problems. Finding your own solutions to problems is an indispensable skill for a developer.
A diverse community is a strong community
The tech industry is disproportionately white, male, and university-educated. We’re looking for candidates who can help us fulfil our goal of making the tech industry a more diverse and inclusive place. Founders and Coders prioritises marginalised people’s safety over the comfort of the privileged. Research how to be a good ally to those who are under-represented in tech so you can be a positive influence on your cohort, and in the industry you are joining.