Are you looking to learn a new skill or change your career? There are plenty of online learning resources where you can learn for free.
1. National Careers Service
National Careers Service is a government resource that provides online learning under their ‘Skills Toolkit’. You can learn skills that apply to every sector, or you can take a course designed for a specific industry. Subjects covered are:
- practical maths
- computer essentials
- personal growth and well-being
- professional development
- business and finance
- digital design and marketing
- computer science
Some subjects have more courses available than others. Computer science has the most online learning with 19 courses available.
Under each of these course titles you’ll find a brief overview that explains:
- what you’ll learn
- whether you’ll get a certificate
- how long it’ll take to complete
- the type of study
- what jobs the course could lead to.
Courses range from 25 minutes to 48 hours in length.
2. Free Courses Online
Free Courses Online - funded by the UK government - provides access to over 50 free different courses.
By selecting the ‘Course Finder’ button on their home page, you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions. After you answer these questions, they’ll send you a list of the courses that are suitable for you.
Here you’ll find courses that fall under the following categories:
- mental health
- health and social care
All these courses are done online. Most courses take six weeks to complete - apart from the Mental Health First Aid course, which only takes 3 weeks.
When you complete a course, you’ll receive a nationally recognized qualification.
Reed is an online platform that advertises over 180 free online courses. You can also find discounted courses from different universities.
They have a broad range of courses available for many different sectors. A few examples of courses on offer are:
- HR fundamentals
- forensic psychology
- caring for children
- end of life care
- cleaning principles.
Most courses range between three and 10 weeks long. You’ll also be able to see if tutor support is included and if you get a certificate at the end.
Other online resources
You're not just limited to these three sites. Other resources where you can do free online learning are:
- Coursera – partners with universities such as Imperial College London and offer over 3000 free courses on a wide range of subjects.
- EdX – partners with universities such as Harvard and MIT and offer over 2500 free courses on a wide range of subjects.
- Udemy – has over 100,000 available and a large number of those are free.
- LinkedIn – if you're a subscriber you’ll have access to LinkedIn’s online learning platform which offers a wide selection of short courses.
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