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Free, online courses offered by Unis

Fancy trying a FREE online course?

Lots of universities now offer online and sometimes free, short learning opportunities to large numbers of people worldwide. 

You do not need qualifications to start the courses. The courses are a chance to try something new, develop an area of interest, etc. Although the courses might not offer a formal qualification, the knowledge gained from doing one could help you prepare for a university level course or help you choose a course, etc.

Future Learn

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of free, high-quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

They aim to connect learners from all over the globe with high-quality educators, and with each other.

Courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

Here are a few examples of the FutureLearn free courses on offer:

Taster courses for school leavers

FutureLearn has launched a set of ‘FutureLearn Choices' courses, which last three to eight weeks. These are taster courses to give school leavers a real sense of university-level study.

Courses to help students secure a place at university:

Courses to help give students an experience of subjects outside the national curriculum:


Coursera offers 2,641 courses from 161 partners.

Here are a few examples of the free Coursera courses on offer:

Follow the links to find out more and to sign up for a course.

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