Choosing online learning

Online learning is a way to improve your skills without leaving your home.

Online learning explained

Online learning takes place over the internet instead of in a classroom. It's a flexible way to fit learning around your daily life. You can study subjects that are useful for most jobs like:

  • English
  • maths
  • digital skills

There are also courses to build your skills and confidence to get into work and get on in your career. You can do a course that suits your interests and matches your current level of skill.

You'll usually enrol online and get access to a website where you can find course materials. Some courses have an online tutor. You may also have the chance to get to know other learners through a ‘virtual classroom’ or group chat.

What to look for in an online course

When signing up for an online course you should check:

  • the entry requirements
  • the start date
  • how long the course will be
  • how much time you'll need to commit to study
  • if there's a cost - such as for a certificate or learning materials
  • how you'll study - in group lessons or independent study
  • what support you'll get
  • whether you need to create an online account
  • if you'll get a certificate or qualification

Find an online course

Use The Skills Toolkit to access free, high quality courses to help you build up your skills.

Explore free online courses

Skills assessment

Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.

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