Scotland’s top-trending free courses for 2024

Find out about the most in-demand learning opportunities right now.

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Whether you’re looking to kick on at work or start a new career entirely, extra learning can help you achieve your goals.

And what’s even better than learning? Learning that’s free! Our course search has thousands of opportunities across the country.

We’ve delved into the data and pulled out the ones that are most popular.


Here are Scotland’s top free courses in 2024

  • Code yourself a new career

Fancy coding a new career for yourself? Take the first step with Bootcamp’s software course for beginners. An online course which takes around 8 weeks to complete, this is the perfect way to see if software engineering is for you. There are more than 450,000 software professionals across the UK – these skills are sought after!

  • Listen to the data!

The UK has a data skills gap – you can take advantage of this. Around a quarter of businesses agreed that their sectors had insufficient data skills. Edinburgh College’s Data Science Professional Development Award lets you study data flexibly, fitting it around your current work commitments.

  • Excel​​​​​​​ in a new role

Not many people enjoy working with Excel spreadsheets, but the chances are you’ll use them at work. And knowing your way around them is a valuable skill as you progress through your career. Dedicate 10 hours to Udemy’s Useful Excel for Beginners course and go from total beginner to a spreadsheet superstar.

  • A different kind of science

Calling everyone with some computing or data science knowledge! Take your skills up a notch with this DDI-funded Data Science with Python and R course. Whatever your data-related career goals are, the tutors will advise you on a progression route after the 18-week qualification.

  • Show you care

A free course with a job interview at the end of it, what more could you ask for? Edinburgh College has partnered with the Lothian Care Academy to host this rewarding, practical Step into Care course. If you’re compassionate, have a sense of fun and want a new career, caring could be for you!

Want to see the full range of courses? 

You’ve seen some of the most popular courses but we have lots more where they came from! Whatever skills you’d like to build, we probably have a free course for that.