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Free online courses offered by unis

MOOCs are a recent development which aim to use new technologies to bring free, short, learning opportunites to large numbers of people, world-wide. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses.

You do not need qualifications to start the courses. The courses are a chance to try something new, develop an area of interest, learn something which will help you get the job or course you want, 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, etc.

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

The aim is 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.

Taster courses for school leavers

FutureLearn has developed a new set of ‘FutureLearn Choices' courses, which last for 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:

Here are a few examples of other Future Learn free courses on offer:

Coursera - more course choices from 161 institutions

Coursera is another provider of free, online courses that cover a wide variety of subjects. There is the option of buying a certificate on completion, although this is not a requirement. Working with 161 institutions worldwide there are currently 2,641 different courses to choose from.