Find free courses online

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

Here is a list of providers of free online courses for you to explore.

Open University in Scotland

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.

Colleges and universities

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.

Business Gateway

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

Tech Nation: Digital Business Academy

Tech Nation's Digital Business Academy offers 90 free business courses to help you found, grow or join a digital business.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn's community and resources are here to help you discover new career paths, learn relevant skills, find jobs that are in-demand and stand out to recruiters.

UK Learns (from Pearsons)

Over 300 courses available in a wide variety of subjects.

edX

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

FutureLearn

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

Coursera

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

Google Digital Garage

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

Alison

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

Udemy

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

Amazon

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

IBM

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

Cisco Network Academy

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

Microsoft

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

Cisco Networks

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

Skills Discovery

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