Find free online courses

Are you a furloughed worker or want to develop your skills? Online courses are a convenient and flexible way to learn.

Are you a furloughed worker or want to develop your skills? Online courses are a convenient and flexible way to learn.

With over a thousand free courses across a huge range of subjects, you can learn something new, develop your skills and advance your career prospects. Earn digital badges and certificates, whilst studying at your own pace.

Visit OpenLearn

Many colleges and universities also offer online and distance learning courses in a variety of subjects, many of which are free. Use our course search to find courses that interest you.

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Video tutorials on critical themes for businesses including email marketing, business planning, digital strategy and social media. 

Go to Business Gateway

Over 300 courses available in a wide variety of subjects.

Visit UK Learns

Explore courses in a wide variety of topics including computer science, languages, data analysis and statistics, business and humanities.

Visit edX

Courses from 2 weeks to 10 weeks. Courses are run by leading universities and organisations and cover a wide range of subjects.

Go to FutureLearn

Courses, certificates and online degrees in subjects like computer science, data science, IT, maths, social sciences and languages.

Visit Coursera

A range of free digital marketing courses suitable for all skill levels. You can choose individual modules or complete full courses.

Visit Digital Garage

Over 1000 courses of various lengths. Subjects include languages, IT, science, health, humanities, business, maths and marketing.

Visit Alison website

Learn about professional growth, wellness, professional skills and essential tech skills.

​​​​​​​Go to Udemy

Digital courses for anyone just starting out or looking to build on existing IT and Cloud skills.

​​​​​​​Go to AWS Training

Build critical technology skills through thousands of online courses and free training programs created in partnership with universities from all over the world.

Visit IBM Skills

Build your skills in subjects like cyber security, entrepreneurship, Internet of things, Python and Linux.

Open Cisco website

Learn new skills and get certified in using Microsoft products using guided paths or individual learning modules.

Open Microsoft Learn

Offers access to training information, course materials and exam preparation resources for Cisco systems.

Visit Cisco Learning Space

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