FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

They believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

They’re a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.

They have 57 partners from around the world. These include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School.

They also work with a range of internationally renowned organisations - from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), to businesses like the BBC and Marks & Spencer, to the UK Government.

They launched their first courses in September 2013 and since then, 1,651,773 people have joined FutureLearn.

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Starts early 2016

This free online course is a technical ear training programme designed to improve critical listening in a music studio context.

Average: 6.5 (6 votes)
Aug 8th 2016

Explore how to make food systems more sustainable and resource-smart for our environment, health and food security. How can food systems become more sustainable in the face of population growth, urbanisation, and environmental degradation? How can a food systems approach help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? This course will explore how natural resources are currently used to take the food we eat from the field or ocean to our plates.

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Aug 1st 2016

Learn how disability intersects with human rights, and how a good life can be made possible for everyone. 20% of the global population has a disability, which means most of us will have an experience of disability in our lives, whether it be personally, through our family and friends, or in our workplaces and communities. But what is disability? It’s often assumed that people with disabilities can’t have a good life. But what is a good life?

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Jul 4th 2016

Explore Japanese philosophy and get a sense of Asian culture with this free online course. Thanks to the impact of ‘globalisation’ people in the West are growing more and more interested in voices from East Asian culture. But familiarity with Western philosophy doesn’t always mean an accurate understanding of its Asian counterpart.

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Jun 6th 2016

Find out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated, to improve healthcare for all, on this free online course. Everything we do in healthcare - every tablet that’s prescribed, every treatment that’s given and every test that’s performed - has to be first discovered and then thoroughly evaluated before it can be put into practice.

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Jun 6th 2016

Reflect on how you want to present yourself online and take positive steps towards these goals. This course is just one of a series of about ‘learning online’. You can sign up to the other courses in this series through the Going to University collection.

Average: 4.6 (7 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

Become an effective online learner and develop your online communication skills when working with others. You are probably used to learning online on a daily basis, including turning to your phone for information rather than referring to books.

Average: 9.2 (5 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

Get an introduction to museum studies with this free online course. Learn about the people and ideas that shape museums today. How can we understand museums today? Who makes the decisions about what to put in them and whose stories they tell? Who are museums for and why are they working to engage new audiences? How do we respond emotionally to museum objects and spaces? And how can museums play a role in the pursuit of social justice, human rights, or health and wellbeing?

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jun 6th 2016

Get the most out of online learning by reflecting and sharing your learning with others.

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Jun 6th 2016

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this free online course. Identify common obstacles to effective thinking. We are constantly being given reasons to do and believe things: to believe that we should buy a product, support a cause, accept a job, judge someone innocent or guilty, that fairness requires us to do some household chore, and so on. Assessing the reasons we are given to do or believe these things calls upon us to think critically and logically.

Average: 7.9 (9 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film. The centenary of the First World War is a time for reflection and exploration. In this short course you will discover just some of the ways that heroism is portrayed through art and film.

Average: 5.4 (8 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

Learn how Global Systems Science can inform and model the impact of social, economic, political and environmental policy making. Policy is the art of achieving a desired outcome in the presence of constraints and differing priorities. Policy is largely a coordination problem.

Average: 9 (1 vote)
Jun 6th 2016

Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance. With real incomes falling and personal debt at a record high, there has never been a better time to improve your personal financial skills – ‘Managing my money’ aims to do just that.

Average: 5.4 (7 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills. This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in finding out more about British culture and improving their English language skills.

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Jun 6th 2016

Understand how business works and performance can be improved so that you can take your business forward and manage growth.

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Jun 6th 2016

Understand what innovation means and consider the history and developments of innovations that are important in our daily lives. This course is just one of a series about ‘innovation’.

Average: 10 (5 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

Find out what Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is, and why good leaders and managers need it, in this free online course. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the natural evolution from the well-established notions of IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional intelligence). Good leaders need all three to lead effectively.
CQ is the ability to cross divides - whether country, generation, gender, sector or background - and to thrive in multiple cultures.

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Jun 6th 2016

Find out how forecasting and managing your finances can lead to a profitable and sustainable business. The management of finances is crucial to a successful business; financial information provides the evidence to support your decisions about a business and helps to justify those decisions when you present them to other people.

Average: 9 (1 vote)
Jun 6th 2016

Find out how working with people and exploring networks can help you take your business to the next level. This course is the second in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

Average: 4.1 (9 votes)
Jun 6th 2016

Raising funds in an important when starting a business; find out which source of funding is most suitable for your business idea. A successful business requires funding to get it started. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal such as personal savings and borrowing, borrowing from friends and family, to the more formal avenues like bank loans, raising equity to crowd-funding.

Average: 5.5 (2 votes)

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