Free online courses
Fancy trying a FREE online course?
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) use technology to bring short learning opportunities to large numbers of people, worldwide. Courses are usually accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop. You do not need qualifications to start a MOOC. Many courses are free or available for a small fee.
Although MOOCs do not usually offer formal qualifications, the knowledge gained from doing one could prepare you for a higher education level course or help you choose a subject. Alternatively, you can take a MOOC just for the pleasure of trying something new or to develop an area of interest.
FutureLearn (an organisation owned by the Open University) offers a diverse selection of free, high-quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other institutions.
Their aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with educators and with each other. It’s possible to take a free course or pay for further options.
A wide range of course topics is available through FutureLearn – here are just a few examples:
- Introduction to forensic science
- Shakespeare’s Hamlet: text, performance, and culture
- Exploring our oceans
- Preparing for uni
Coursera and edX
Coursera and edX are similar to FutureLearn. They either offer free courses, free course trials or free access to aspects of course content. It may be possible to upgrade by purchasing full courses or for a certificate.
Here are a few examples courses on offer by Coursera:
Here are a few examples courses available through edX: