FutureLearn is an online learning platform, an initiative by the Open University, in partnership with 23 leading universities, the British Council, British Museum and British Library to provide learning opportunities that let you:

  • Experience UK higher education
  • Gain new skills and knowledge
  • Explore varied subjects and topics
  • Discuss and share ideas with other learners and academics.

How does it work?

All FutureLearn courses are free of charge and are taught in English. Most courses require around 2–4 hours of study per week and last six to ten weeks. There are also some short courses lasting two or three weeks.

There are no formal exams, but once you finish the course, you can share a public version of your progress page as evidence of your learning.

What courses are on offer?

Whether you are interested in physics or psychology, information technology or history, ecology or marketing, you will find a course to interest you! 

Study UK: Managing your wellbeing when studying in the UK

The UK is known for its world-leading universities, which are highly regarded by employers all around the world. But despite the huge benefits of UK education, international students can face challenges along the way.

This three-week course from the British Council and Newcastle University provides tailored support and guidance for international students. From understanding British culture to accessing relevant support, you’ll get the information you need to thrive in the UK.