Find more free online learning courses
Many organisations offer free online learning in a range of subjects and levels. You can explore providers, the subjects they offer and the levels available before choosing. For advice on what to look out for, see our guide to choosing an online course.
As well as online only providers, you might also find courses with:
- state funded colleges and training organisations
- universities - you can search UCAS to find these
- large employers in a range of sectors like finance, IT, business and engineering
Courses offered by state funded universities and colleges are inspected and approved by the government. Private companies offering online learning are not, so you'll need to check to make sure that courses are of good quality.
The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council's guide may help you to find good quality online courses.
Help with learning during Covid-19
In the current Covid-19 crisis many providers are extending their online course provision. There are also commercial organisations offering some of their usually paid for courses for free. Make sure to check there is definitely no cost before signing up. Some providers to check are:
- Barclays Lifeskills
- Barclays Digital Eagles
- Linkedin Learning
- Pearson (UK Learns)
- Pluralsight - some free introductory digital skills courses available
- Rolls Royce Digital Academy
Improve your written and spoken English skills.
Improve your own maths or help your children to learn number skills.
Digital and IT courses
Get online as a beginner, learn how to use Word and PowerPoint, or develop advanced computer skills for things like data science and coding.
Business and finance courses
Skills to be more effective in a business environment. Learn management, business and financial practices, from leadership to bookkeeping or take a course in health and safety regulations.
Personal development and lifestyle courses
Develop an interest or hobby, improve your personal skills, or take care of your own mental wellbeing.
Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.
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