Get the most out of online learning
Make online learning a fun and rewarding experience. 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:
- 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
To enjoy your course and make the most of learning online it can be helpful to:
- make sure you have all the materials and equipment you'll need
- get help with childcare or other responsibilities if you can, so you can focus
- make yourself a study plan
- highlight any deadlines you'll need to meet
- check if there's an online tutor or how you can ask for help if you need it
- be kind to yourself - getting into studying online can take time and practice, so do not give up
Prepare your environment
To give yourself the best chance of success:
- find a quiet space to work
- check your internet connection is working
- let everyone at home know the times you'll be studying so there are no distractions
Find an online course
Use The Skills Toolkit to access free, high quality courses to help you build up your skills.
Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.
Speak to an adviser
Call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser.
- 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday
- 10am to 5pm Saturday and bank holidays
We're closed Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
We’re also closed on 2 and 3 June 2022 for the spring bank holiday and the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.
You can also use webchat.
Webchat is unavailable if you are using Internet Explorer 11. To use webchat, try opening this page on a different web browser.