FutureLearn: register for free-of-charge short courses

Would you like to do a short online course with a UK university?

FutureLearn is a new initiative from the Open University, in partnership with 23 leading universities, the British Council, British Museum and British Library.The aim is to connect learners from across the globe with educators and with each other. 

What is FutureLearn?

  • Learn online for free: Choose a high quality free course from a range of topics; from Science & Technology to Arts & Humanities, from Body & Mind to Business & Management.
  • Learn step-by-step:  Courses are designed to fit around your life, with short activities and clear goals to encourage you to make progress at a comfortable rate that suits you.
  • Learn from the experts:  Educators from top UK and international universities have created videos, articles and quizzes to inspire you, and will lead discussions and debates.
  • Learn from each other:  Courses are designed to provoke questions and stimulate debate, so that learning becomes as easy and natural as chatting with a group of friends.

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!

There are over 20 universities offering courses at present. More will be joining FutureLearn over coming months, so make sure you check the site regularly to see what is on offer.

Browse courses here