Frequently Asked Questions

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Applying to the Fellowship

How to contact us?

You can email or Whatsapp message us at:

Email: theteam@01founders.co

Whatsapp: +44 7398 219 723

What qualities does the 01 Founders application process assess?
  1. Passion. Interest in software development, coupled with a strong motivation to develop your skills.
  2. Collaboration. Your ability to work with others to complete projects and overcome obstacles.
  3. Creativity. Your capacity for finding innovative solutions quickly, and thinking of new approaches to solve complex problems.
  4. Perseverance. Your ability to remain motivated and diligent despite solving challenging problems.

We don't test your pure mathematical skills - your passion, collaboration, perseverance and creativity are much stronger indicators of your ability to code.

Our course is meant to be challenging and our students to work together collaboratively, not competitively with one another.

When can I apply?

Our applications are currently open! They will be open until 29th October for our November pool and 19th November for our December pool. 

Who can apply?

The 01 Founders Fellowship is open to anyone 19 years old and over. No prior coding experience or academic qualifications are required to apply.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Diversity and inclusion are a key part to the 01 Founders mission and so we especially encourage women, refugees, ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.

The Fellowship is a full-time commitment and cannot be completed alongside a full-time job. 

What stages does the application process include?
  1. The cognitive tests - a two-hour, online cognitive test consisting of two games. If you pass these tests, you will be invited to take part in a Selection Pool.
  2. The Selection Pool - a three-week, intensive, collaborative coding experience where you will get a comprehensive introduction to Go Lang. If you pass the Selection Pool, you will be invited to enrol in the 01 Founders Fellowship.

What is the online cognitive test?

Our two-hour online cognitive test consists of a short memory game, followed by a longer logic game. Memory, problem-solving and logical thinking are all good indicators of your aptitude for coding! Prior coding experience is not advantageous when completing the games and you do not need to revise for it.

When will I know if I am accepted onto the Selection Pool?
You will know if you are accepted onto the Selection Pool within 3 days of completing the online games. If you don't pass the first time, you will have two further attempts at passing the games. 

How many times can I try the online cognitive test?

Once you have started the test it can't be paused or restarted. You have three attempts at completing the online tests and your highest score of the attempts will be used, so there is no risk in re-trying.

What is the Selection Pool?

The Selection Pool is a 3-week (including weekends), intensive, on-campus coding challenge where you will be introduced to Go Lang. This will be your first experience of the unique 01 Founders educational model. 

You will work to complete different group projects over the three weeks. Every Friday, you will take an exam to assess your personal understanding of the tasks completed during the week. Over the weekends, there will be teamwork exercises which will test your understanding and learning from the previous week.

If you are accepted for the Selection Pool, prepare for a very intense, extremely rewarding three weeks. You will make new friends and memories and gain a comprehensive introduction to software development.

How do you assess participants in the Selection Pool?

The Selection Pool is gamified. This means you will receive a score for all the work you complete including project work and individual assessments.

This scoring grades your ability to learn fast, perform intensive work, collaborate with others and, above all, test your motivation.

We also take into account your work ethic, collaborative input, and willingness to learn when selecting people to complete the Fellowship.

When and where is the Selection Pool?

We have two Selection Pools coming up on 1st-19th November and 29th November-17th December (both weekends included). They are both held in person at our campus in Regents Park, NW1 3HB.  

We will be holding further Selection Pools in Summer 2022 (exact dates tbc). 

I already have some coding knowledge. Is this course for me?

Absolutely. We encourage people from all backgrounds and careers to apply for the programme.

Can I get a study visa to study at 01 Founders ?

Unfortunately, the 01 Founders Fellowship is currently only open to UK residents who are able to attend the school in London. 

If I fail the Selection Pool can I retake it?

Yes but you'd need to wait a year.

Should I quit my job to do the Selection Pool?

We recognise the difficulty in taking time off work, which is why we reduced the Selection Pool to 3 weeks. You will need to speak to your employer about taking time off. Ultimately we need to run a selection process to ensure that we can offer Fellowship places to the students that have performed well during that process. Please bear in mind that the success rate for the Selection Pool is typically 30%-50%.

Learning at 01 Founders

What is the 01 Founders Fellowship?

The Fellowship is a four year programme and the beginning of your software engineering career. It consists of:

  1. Two years of free, project-based learning which will give you a highly comprehensive software development skillset.
  2. Two years of paid work experience, at one of our partners or as part of our talent pool, using the skills you have gained.

When does the Fellowship start?

The first 01 Founders Fellowship begins on Monday 11th October 2021.

We have a second cohort starting in January 2022. 

How do I learn without teachers and classes?

You will learn through 01Edu - a gamified, peer-to-peer learning platform, which thousands of students globally have learnt through to become job-ready software engineers. Through collaboration with other students on group projects, as well as honing your skills individually, you will gain a comprehensive skillset.

01 Edu includes thorough instructions, support videos and built-in features to teach novices the coding basics. The 01 Founders community also includes study groups and chats to foster support, task discussion and collaboration.

The 01 Founders team will be available should anything be unclear or if you need further support.

Is it possible to complete it within a year?

It is completely personal. If people progress at a much faster rate it is possible, but on average, for somebody who has no prior experience of coding, it takes about two years to complete.

If you are very motivated and dedicate a lot of effort to the course you can finish the programme within 18 months. It is also possible to take longer than the dedicated 2 years to finish the course.

Is it a full time programme and how many days a week do you need to commit?

Typically, it is an intensive, full time programme. You will have 24/7 access to our campus so you can chose when you show up.

As it is peer to peer learning, you will need to make sure during group work you are able to work at the same time as your peers.

The programme is completely customised based on your pace of learning. On average, somebody who has no prior coding experience will need to work 8-10 hours daily (excluding weekends) over the two year period.

Do I have to be physically present in the school building? Can I learn from home?

It is absolutely not possible to do the Selection Pool fully remotely - you should be on campus the majority of the time.

The two-year Fellowship is a highly collaborative, community-driven style of education. About 80% of the projects on the programme are completed using teamwork, which are easier and faster to complete when being together in the same room.

Our building is open 24/7 to allow people to work flexibly at hours that work best for them.

We highly recommend being at the school building during your studies, as much as you can, as there is an immense value in being in the environment and learning together with your team members. It’s very motivating to work and learn together, you will progress faster, and we will be holding regular socials and speaker events on campus for an enriched learning experience.

Do students get annual leave?

Yes. As long as you keep up with the pace of learning, you'll be able to decide how much and when you take annual leave throughout your time at 01 Founders.

Can I work at the same time as I learn?

Yes - you can work on a part-time basis during the 2 year Fellowship. However, the Fellowship is a full-time commitment during the week, so it's not possible to work a full-time job alongside your studies. We recommend working a maximum of 2 shifts a week, as anymore may impede your studies. 

How much do I have to pay for the course?

There is no tuition fee. Our goal is for the education to be accessible to everyone, irrespective of your previous education, experience or financial situation.

What coding languages will I learn?

The Fellowship trains novices into full-stack software developers. By completing 50+ projects, you will learn how to use Javascript, Go and Rust - as well as becoming capable in C, C++, Ruby-on-Rails, PHP and Python.

You will be able to code in any programming environment after the first 18 months. Following this, you will spend 6 months gaining experience in a specific field.

For more information on our course, download our syllabus!

Do I need to have my own laptop?

Learners will receive a laptop to complete their studies in the first two years.

 

What level of English language do I need to do this course?

The course includes written guidance, and you will also need to chat to your peers verbally on campus and in writing via the Discord channel - so you would need a moderate level of English to facilitate you on the course.

If a potential student's English is not strong enough, we would refer you to one of the college's ESOL (English as a second Language) courses first. Depending on your level, you may need a term or a year to improve and you could then join the course afterwards.

What kind of support will be available to the learners on campus?

There are two types of support available for learners provided by 01F - technical coaching and well-being, pastoral support.

  1. Technical coaching - when learners are completely stuck on a problem, they can ask questions and the technical coaches will be available to help guide their thinking around solving complex problems without giving the full answer away!
  2. Well-being and pastoral support - support coaches are available to support learners with their well-being and with any challenges that they might have in their personal or academic life.

Do I need prior coding experience?

No - this course is designed for beginners. If you'd like to get a headstart, our team has collated a pre-course guide. Please follow the Notion link here to get access to it.

Will there be accommodation at the school?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide accommodation for students at the school.

Will there be parking at the school?

Unfortunately, there will not be any parking at the school. However, the school is very well connected via public transport, with Kings Cross, Euston, Regents Park, Warren Street and Great Portland Street tube stations all within walking distance.

What support will be available for students with learning difficulties?

The Learner Experience team are here to support, to encourage and help you thrive. They provide quality advice and guidance and can also offer learning support to help you if you are dyslexic or if you have a disability or a learning difficulty.

You can contact our Learner Experience team at each of our main centres from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or give them a call on:

  • King’s Cross Centre – 0207 832 5002
  • Victoria Centre – 0207 802 8801
  • Soho Centre – 0207 025 1925

Our Access Support team contact all applicants who have disclosed a disability on their application form for a confidential discussion on any support that may be required. You may prefer to let your facilitators know of your support needs when you are already on course. This results in a referral to the Access Support team who will then work with you and with your facilitators.

The Access Support team also assist students experiencing mental health difficulties. They are qualified to listen to your concerns and ensure that appropriate adjustments are made whilst you study. They can help you access support from within 01Founders or from external agencies. Any conversation is treated confidentially and sensitively.

For more information, please contact a member of the CCCG team on 020 7832 5265

Curriculum

What content is covered in the 2 year curriculum?
  • During the first 18 months students will learn Go, Javascript and Rust. Each language will require 6 months of project work allowing learners to deepen their understanding of the language and explore additional concepts. Students will be in groups so they can work together in teams on projects lasting between 1 to 12 weeks.
  • After completing the first 18 months of the general curriculum, students are able to specialise in a field of application to allow them to develop specific skills for the last 6 months of the course.
  • Students can choose to specialise in: artificial intelligence, video games, blockchain, cyber security & DevOps or mobile & web application development.
How is the course graded through both years? Is it a pass or fail process?

It's not a pass or fail process, it's much more about increasing levels of challenges as you work your way through the programme.

There are 60 different projects to solve within the two years and you progress to the next level once you complete each one.

And it's completely normal to fail a project! Like the cognitive tests in our application, the course is designed to train highly competent software developers, and is intentionally challenging.

Work placements during the Fellowship

Can I leave after a year of the programme?

You can but we strongly recommend you don't leave after one year as you will only have learnt two of the three languages and won't have had the opportunity to specialise in a field.

In addition, after only a year, you would be qualified only to a junior level. However, once completing the second year you will have gained the skills, knowledge and experience of a mid-senior level software engineer, providing you with a higher earning potential.

Do I have to take a job at one of your corporate partners?

01F students don't have to join one of our corporate partners, however we recommend you do. We have built strong relationships with our corporate partners who need and want the 01F alumni talent, so it will be much easier to find a job through us.

Where will I be working after completing the 2 year course?

After spending two years gaining the skills to become a full-stack developer, you will have three employment options to complete the Fellowship:

  1. Accepting a role at one of our partner companies.
  2. Working in our talent agency on varied freelance projects.
  3. A mixture of pursuing your own entrepreneurial project, and working part-time in our talent agency.

Working after the Fellowship

What careers have 01 Edu alumni pursued after completing the Fellowship?
  • Web: back end developer, front end developer, e-commerce consultant, new media specialist, SEO specialist, SEO analyst, SEO consultant, user experience designer, user interface designer, web content manager, web designer, web developer, webmaster
  • Cyber security: computer forensics investigator, cybersecurity strategist, cryptography specialist, ethical hacker, privacy specialist, security administrator, security analyst
  • System: Dev Ops, database administrator, enterprise architect, IT operations analyst, system administrator, system analyst, system architect, system engineer
  • Network: network analyst, network engineer, telecommunications engineer, telecommunications specialist
  • Software: lead software engineer, quality assurance engineer, software developer, software release manager, software tester
  • Hardware: computer hardware engineer, electronics engineer, interaction designer
  • AI: algorithm developer, artificial intelligence specialist, computer vision engineer, machine learning specialist
  • Data: business intelligence analyst, blockchain specialist, data scientist, data analyst, EDI system analyst, statistical programmer
  • Video Games: game designer, game developer, game producer, game programmer, game tester, level designer, technical artist
  • Graphic: 3D animator, 3D developer, 3D modeller, character designer, AR developer, VR developer
  • Other: cloud infrastructure specialist, IT instructor, professional gamer, project manager, product manager

What work will I be able to do?

You will complete the course with a global knowledge in any programming field, plus two years of relevant work experience. You will gain access to many positions and jobs in the digital world, from startups to global companies!

Will I get a diploma or a degree?

After you complete your studies, you do not receive an accredited degree as this educational model is new in the UK and does not correspond to any traditional definitions.

This is not a problem in the technology sector as companies care about what you can do, who you are and how you work. You will also build an impressive portfolio of your work throughout the course which you can share with companies.

Financial Support

I can't afford to learn for the first two years. How can I join the Fellowship?

01 Founders is a totally unique experience and FREE! Unlike university courses which will set you back £9k per year, we do not charge to get you up to a mid-senior level in coding. However, we understand that living without an income is undeniably tough and some learners will not be able to afford living expenses during this time. We are committed to supporting at least 50% of our learners through bursaries that we will be providing on a means-tested basis.

We are passionate about equity for capable learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, and we are working to provide even more support to learners who need it.

We can offer 01F bursaries in Year 1 and 2, and our partner college CCCG also offers bursaries in Year 1.

Do you offer bursaries for the Selection Pool?

Unfortunately, we are only able to provide funding for the two-year course, not the three-week Selection Pool.

What is the process for applying for a 01F bursary?

Once you have completed the online test, those who pass will be sent an email to ask if financial support will be needed for the two-year Fellowship. You will then be invited to complete an application so that we can assess your needs.

For the bursary application, we will ask you to to provide us with a breakdown of your living costs and how much financial support you will need.

We will let people know after the Selection Pool whether they will receive a bursary, as you will need to pass the Selection Pool process first before starting the 01F Fellowship.

How much funding is provided for the 01F bursary?

This will be determined on a needs-basis. Please note: the maximum bursary available will not be sufficient to cover your living costs in London and will likely cover 50% of your overall costs. The bursary is intended to supplement other financial support, so we encourage applicants to explore other avenues of financial support over the two years. It is still possible to work about 8 hours per week alongside your course.

What is the payment schedule for the 01F bursary?

The bursary will be paid on a termly basis. You will need to have the required attendance record to receive the following term's bursary.

Do you offer any other funding apart from the 01F bursary?
  • Our partner college CCCG has several options in Year 1 only: Some students may be eligible for financial support to help whilst you are studying, including bursaries that are dependent on the number of hours you are studying each week, your immigration status and household income. For further details on any of the below funding options please email: studentfinance@westking.ac.uk.
  • 19+ Bursaries (up to £150 per month) If you are in receipt of a means-tested benefit, or if you are single with an income of below £20,000 per year, or part of a family with a combined income of below £30,000 per year, you could be eligible for a bursary. You can apply online through PayMyStudent.
  • Childcare Support If you are aged 20 or older, you may be eligible for support with childcare. This will depend on how many hours per week you are in college for your course. If you are already in receipt of help from another scheme, such as the 2+ 15 hours grant, you would not be eligible for support.
  • 18+ Student Oyster Card If you live in a London borough, are 18 or older and studying a course for 15 hours or more per week, you can also apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photo card which gives you discounted travel around London on buses, the tube, DLR and overground. Find out more here
  • Student Discount Schemes As a student, you will be eligible to apply for discount cards and accounts, such as TOTUM, UNiDAYS and Student Beans. These can give you discounts in high street shops and online, including at stores such as Apple, Superdrug and more.
Can I apply for CCCG funding and a 01F bursary too?

Yes, they are from different funding sources so you may receive both funding options if you are eligible. CCCG funding is only available in Year 1.

Why are 01F and CCCG offering separate bursary options?

01Founders and CCCG work collaboratively to deliver this unique training. What does this mean in practice? In your first year, you will be a student of CCCG and be able to access all of the CCCG student support, both financial and pastoral. In Year 2, you will progress to being a student of 01Founders so you will no longer have the option of CCCG student support services, but will still have access to the bursaries on offer via 01Founders if you meet the eligibility.

When should I apply for a bursary?

Once you pass the online test, we'll send you information about how to sign up to the Selection Pool and how to apply for a bursary via 01F and CCCG. You will need to apply for funding during or after the Selection Pool. We will aim to let you know if your application has been successful before starting the 01 Fellowship.

Can I still receive benefits whilst studying?

This depends on the benefits that you are receiving or are potentially eligible for. You would not be eligible for Universal Credit, as you'd need to be available to work to receive this type of benefit, and the course itself is full time so you wouldn't be able to work many hours alongside. We recommend speaking to your case officer if possible to see what other options you might have.

Covid Response

Can I do the Selection Pool remotely?

It is absolutely not possible to do the Selection Pool fully remotely. We strongly encourage you to be on campus for the 3 weeks. The peer-to-peer learning is essential to complete the projects, and many projects are done in teams. There is flexibility to do some learning remotely, but you will be at a disadvantage if you are not on campus the majority of the time.

Compulsory days that you must be on campus are each of the three Friday's, as that is when the exams take place, and the first Monday of the pool. 

What are the Covid rules whilst on campus?
  • Throughout the campus students will have access to lateral flow tests which students will be encouraged to take regularly whilst on campus. Students will also be expected to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • We do understand that the rules are constantly changing, however, we can assure you that we are continuously updating our policy in line with government guidelines.

If there is a lockdown what will happen?

We have adapted our platform for the post Covid world so our platform can be used in an hybrid mode i.e. with some essential on-campus learning experience with students visiting the site and with some parts of the curriculum that are taken online (that component is available since the Covid crisis).

We have a Discord channel which all our learners will have access to providing great opportunities to chat with fellow learners, communicate with the 01F team and be in the best condition to pursue with the programme.