FutureLearn: FutureLearn is a new initiative from the Open University, in partnership with 23 leading universities, the British Council, British Museum and British Library. ©


FutureLearn is an online learning platform, an initiative by the Open University, in partnership with 23 leading universities, the British Council, British Museum and British Library to provide learning opportunities that let you:

  • experience UK higher education
  • gain new skills and knowledge
  • explore varied subjects and topics
  • discuss and share ideas and with other learners and academics.

How does it work?

All FutureLearn courses are free of charge and are taught in English. Most courses require around 2–4 hours study per week and last six to ten weeks. There are also some short courses lasting two or three weeks.

There are no formal exams, but once you finish the course, you can share a public version of your progress page as evidence of what you’ve learnt.

What courses are on offer?

Whether you are interested in physics or psychology, information technology or history, ecology or marketing, you will find a course to interest you! 

Prepare to study and live in the UK

Are you preparing to study in the UK, or just interested in learning more about the UK higher education system? Then the free Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK online course is for you!

Hosted on FutureLearn, this four-week online course will teach you everything you need to know about UK higher education, including teaching methods, assessment criteria, and course structures. It will also provide you with tips for studying in the English language and practical information about living in the UK.

Course starts: 4 November 2019

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/30uBU4K

Learn online with a UK university

It covers a wide range of courses, including robotics, science, sustainability, human anatomy, public money, video game design, and many others. Learners can be sure to find courses that will match their interests.

Anyone can join and register for as many courses as they wish. Furthermore, eligible learners in the 143 non-OECD countries can take advantage of a free upgrade until Friday 31 January 2020. This will enable them to access the course for an extended period, take tests and assessments (if applicable) at no additional charge, and earn a digital certificate subject to completing at least five steps on the course. A total of 50,000 free upgrades are available on a first-come first-serve basis, capped at one per learner.

This is an excellent opportunity for learners to experience the diversity of the UK’s higher education offer for free and from the convenience of their own home country. MOOCs are also a great way to meet and share ideas with like-minded people.

Learners can explore the available options here and sign up for a course by 31 January 2020.

To find out more, please visit www.futurelearn.com.

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