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: 7.2 (10 votes)
Oct 31st 2016

Get to grips with Assessment for Learning with one of three courses for teachers from the National STEM Learning Centre.

Average: 7 (5 votes)
Oct 3rd 2016

Learn how to apply selected mathematical modelling methods to analyse big data in this free online course. Have you ever wondered how mathematics can be used to solve big data problems? This course will show you how. Mathematics is everywhere, and with the rise of big data it becomes a useful tool when extracting information and analysing large datasets.

Average: 1.3 (3 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Find out how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with deep emotional strain in this free online course.

Average: 6 (6 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Explore the influence of the Lake District on Wordsworth with this free online course, filmed at his home, Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

Average: 9 (1 vote)
Sep 5th 2016

This course will teach you the first principles of complexity, uncertainty and how to make decisions in a complex world.

Average: 8.3 (20 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Explore why people fall, discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falling and recognise when to seek expert help.

Average: 9 (2 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Most people now live in cities. With populations growing, how do we make these dense future cities green, liveable and poetic? The city is humanity’s most complex and extraordinary artifact. As the world population grows and becomes ever more urban, the making of future cities is no longer just about aesthetics or convenience. Questions of sustainability and culture are more and more crucial. In fact, it can be said that, the future of the city is the future of the species.

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Sep 5th 2016

Learn how to apply selected statistical and machine learning techniques and tools to analyse big data. Everyone has heard of big data. Many people have big data. But only some people know what to do with big data when they have it. So what’s the problem? Well, the big problem is that the data is big—the size, complexity and diversity of datasets increases every day. This means that we need new technological or methodological solutions for analysing data. There is a great demand for people with the skills and know-how to do big data analytics.

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Learn about the psychology of music and movement, and how researchers study music-related movements, with this free online course.

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Sep 5th 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)
Sep 5th 2016

Want to be an engineer or scientist? Lack mathematical confidence? Learn to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. This course is aimed at those who aspire to study science or engineering foundation courses at university level. It draws upon the experience of staff from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University - a centre that has specialised for many years in mathematics teaching and mathematics support for science and engineering students who find the transition to university mathematics particularly challenging.

Average: 5 (3 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Explore the role of football in the world today - including finances, clubs, nations and rivalries - with this free online course. At the beginning of the twentieth century, football was the most popular game in the western world and has since grown to become a global spectacle.

Average: 6.5 (11 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Learn the techniques of Engineering Mechanics, use them to interpret experiments and apply them to design. When you design anything, how do you know that the design will work? You need Engineering Mechanics - the science-based analysis that engineers use to predict how their designs will perform, so they can meet their responsibilities for performance and safety. It starts with physics - forces, equilibrium, acceleration, gravity - but then engineers adapt it to their own purposes.

Average: 9 (1 vote)
Sep 5th 2016

Understand the physical processes behind climate variations in the past, present and future, with this free online course.

Average: 7.5 (2 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Learn how sustainable energy from the Greek elements - earth, air, wind and water - can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power.

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Sep 5th 2016

Grow your understanding of the practice and law of international franchising and the viability of franchising internationally. We each have a daily connection with franchising. At the international level, franchising is a practical and exciting aspect of global commerce. Countries with vast markets and growing middle classes present opportunities for brands that have reached saturation in their original market. Developing countries too are now creating home-grown, exportable franchised brands.

Average: 6.5 (2 votes)
Sep 5th 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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Sep 5th 2016

Demystify the complex and conflicting messages we hear about diet, health and lifestyle today, with this free online course.

Average: 5.1 (9 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Understand how genetics influence the development and spread of cancer, with this free, introductory online course.

Average: 9.5 (2 votes)

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