As the start of a new year dawned, you may have been thinking about learning a new skill, hobby or just considering a new interest. Taking a course can be quite expensive, especially if you’re on a budget. However, there are several free courses on the web. I’ve found a few which may help you to learn something new, develop a skill or may just act as a starting point for further investigation into a paid course.
Alison provides a range of online courses free of charge. You can claim certificates once you’ve completed a course, however these require a fee. Some courses do have PDF certificates that you can download free of charge.
All courses are free to learn in your own time – there’s no time limit for completion and you can pick from a variety of topics. If you’re a blogger or freelance writer, you may be interested in the following;
Web page development
English writing skills
Social media marketing
Building an online business
Another portal for free online learning is Future Learn whose courses are in partnership with several universities in the UK. These courses have a start and end date and tend to rotate so different courses are on offer at varying times. Some upcoming courses to look out for are;
Preparing for uni
The secret power of brands
How to succeed at writing job applications
How to succeed at interviews
Community journalism: digital and social media
Vision to learn is a British online learning site with a range of free courses. You need to apply to these courses and a certificate/qualification may be offered at the end of the course. Courses include;
Essential IT skills
Business and administration
Equality and diversity
OpenLearn is The Open University’s free online course portal. Here there are a wide range of free materials from OU courses to give you a taster of a subject. A few topics include;
Start writing fiction
Writing what you know
Managing my money
Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market
Free courses are a great way to boost your CV/resume. Even if you don’t receive a qualification at the end, its still worth mentioning as it shows motivation, a willingness to learn and determination – all good aspects that employer’s look for.