Free online courses offered by unis (MOOCs)
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.
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 higher education level course, or help you choose a course - and they are great to mention on your personal statement too!
FutureLearn offer 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.
New taster courses for school leavers
FutureLearn offer ‘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:
- How to Succeed at Interviews
- How to Succeed at Writing Applications
- Preparing for Uni
- Developing your Research Project.
Courses to help give students an experience of subjects outside the national curriculum:
Here are a few examples of other FutureLearn free courses on offer:
- Introduction to ecosystems
- Causes of Climate Change
- Shakespeare’s Hamlet: text, performance, and culture
- Exploring our oceans
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