Online Learning



Alison is a free online education platform that mostly focuses on workplace-based skills. It currently offers more than a thousand courses at certificate, diploma, and learning path levels across nine core subject categories. The certificate level courses require two to three hours of study while the more rigorous diploma level courses require ten to fifteen hours of study. There is no time limit for completing a course.

One of Alison's courses is ABC IT, a fifteen to twenty-hour training suite which is similar to the International Computer Driving License without the cost of certification. Study topics include:

  • Technology
  • Language
  • Science
  • Health
  • Humanities 
  • Business & Management
  • Maths
  • Marketing
  • Lifestyle



Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in a variety of subjects, such as engineering, business, computer science, digital marketing, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, and others. Coursera courses last approximately four to ten weeks, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. These courses provide quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, and sometimes a final project or exam. 

Subjects which are free to study include:

  • Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
  • Learning How to Learn
  • English for Career Development

This website connects you with training providers that use the UK Government’s Adult Education Budget to fund free online courses. 
The courses are free to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria.  Courses include topics such as:

  • Mental health
  • Health and Social Care
  • Digital Skills
  • Business



FutureLearn is a digital education platform partly owned by The Open University.  FutureLearn's courses span a broad range of topics provided by several UK Universities e.g. University of Southampton, University of Birmingham, King's College London, etc..
Subjects which are free to study include:

  • Getting Started with Online Learning 
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Leading Culturally Diverse Teams in the Workplace
  • Fashion
  • Ecology
  • Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree



LEARN DIRECT offer a variety of online courses

Course categories

  • Access to HE Diploma courses
  • Veterinary Science and Animal Care
  • Mental Health
  • AAT
  • Foot Health
  • Dental Science
  • Teaching and Education
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • A-level courses
  • GCSE courses
  • English and Maths courses
  • Healthcare courses
  • IT courses
  • Business courses
  • Lifestyle courses
  • Short Courses



NESCOT (North East Surrey College of Technology) is a large further education and higher education college in Epsom and Ewell, Surrey, England, which provides distance and online learning for learners across the UK  (depending on eligibility criteria and geographic restrictions
Topics which are free to study include:

  • Business & Management 
  • Equality & Diversity – Level 2 Certificate
  • Team Leading – Level 2 Certificate
  • Children & Education
  • Health & Social Care
  • Counselling Skills – Level 2 Certificate


The Open University

The Open University (OU) is a public research university and the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. Topics which are free to study include:

  • Health, Sports & Psychology
  • Education & Development
  • History & The Arts
  • Languages
  • Money & Business
  • Nature & Environment
  • Science, Maths & Technology
  • Society, Politics & Law



Oxford Home Study Centre (OHSC) is a private online college that is not connected or affiliated with any university. Our courses provide candidates with the opportunity to earn accredited certificates and diplomas, endorsed by Ofqual-registered awarding bodies. The awarding body for each course is mentioned on the respective course page. Topics which are free to study include:

  • Customer Services
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Risk Management
  • Finance
  • Project Management



REED provide around 50 fee online courses.  Eligibility may vary so it’s important to contact the course provider for full details.

Topics which are free to study include:

  • Career Development , eg Business skills, CV  writing
  • Business and Administration - Level 2
  • IT and Digital skills
  • Bookkeeping for Personal and Business Accounting
  • Care skills
  • Counselling skills


Skillshare is an American online learning community for people who want to learn from educational videos. Most courses focus on interaction rather than lecturing, with the primary goal of learning by completing a project. The main course categories are creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, and technology.   There is a cost for courses but you can sign up free for the first month



UDEMY is an online learning platform aimed at professional adults and students offering free and purchasable courses. 

Topics which are free to study include:

  • Coding Basics
  • Graphic Design
  • Creative Leadership Skills
  • IT and digital skills
  • Personal development