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: 6.9 (9 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: 7.3 (4 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: 1.5 (2 votes)
Sep 5th 2016

Understand the importance of value-driven process thinking in today’s dynamic business environment. What are the main ingredients of a business process and how can business process management (BPM) be effectively used to improve organisational performance? In today’s dynamic business environment, every organization manages a large number of business processes. Business processes determine what gets done, when and how, allowing organizations to achieve their strategic goals.

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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: 6 (1 vote)
Aug 15th 2016

Learn how to be professionally involved in teaching, support and governing of higher education institutions. The University of Groningen currently employs over 700 student assistants and has opened up all of its governing bodies to student participation.

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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.

Average: 7 (2 votes)
Aug 8th 2016

Get a practical insight into big data analytics, and popular tools and frameworks for collecting, storing and managing data. Data is everywhere and can be obtained from many different sources. Digital data can be obtained from social media, images, audio recordings and sensors, and electronic data is quite often available as real-time data streams.

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Aug 1st 2016

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

Average: 2 (1 vote)
Aug 1st 2016

Explore the role that the Royal Air Force played in the Cold War through the collections of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford.

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Aug 1st 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: 9.3 (7 votes)
Aug 1st 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: 7.5 (2 votes)
Aug 1st 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)
Aug 1st 2016

This course is designed to enhance the supervision skills of clinical and educational supervisors of trainee doctors. Supervise medical students and trainees effectively with this free online course, ideal for clinical and educational supervisors. Are you a new clinical or educational supervisor? Are you finding some areas of clinical supervision challenging? Do you need to refresh your supervision skills? If so, this free online course is for you. It will help you improve your knowledge and skills, to become a more effective supervisor.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Aug 1st 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)
Aug 1st 2016

Find out how understanding and targeting your market can help your business stand out from the crowd.

Average: 8 (5 votes)
Aug 1st 2016

How much do you know about your abdomen and how it works? Discover what you know already and find out more. This course will help you identify the positions of the organs within the abdomen, as well as becoming acquainted with common anatomical terminology used to talk about organs and structures and their position relative to each other.

Average: 9.4 (7 votes)
Aug 1st 2016

This free online course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.The internet is playing a bigger role in our lives, as we buy our groceries, manage our finances, share social experiences and otherwise live our lives online. But how many of us have considered studying online? In this free online course, you will find out what online learning is and what it can offer you.

Average: 4.5 (4 votes)
Aug 1st 2016

We explore the ethical responsibilities that weigh on military professionals, who are ‘managers of violence’. Military professionals are unusual in having the use of lethal force as a central, defining feature of their role, and unique in the level of force that they are authorized to use. This fact places a considerable ethical weight on military practitioners as well as the civilian decision-makers who authorize military missions.

Average: 4.9 (7 votes)
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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