The best sites to find FREE online courses

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Education & Training

Last updated: 02 February 2020, 11:32 GMT

With so many websites offering free courses online, we want to save you time by telling which ones to browse and which ones to avoid. Do you know what you want to study yet? This is a good starting point to find the right course and site for you but if you haven’t, fear not! Looking through the courses on offer from these free course providers may inspire you to enroll and be studious.

Shaw Academy

As a leading online course provider, Shaw Academy prides itself on the high standard of course delivered through their tutors. You can benchmark the course level through the European Qualification Framework Equivalent which gives you a globally recognised level of attainment. Thanks to the Shaw Academy Professional Higher Diploma certification, courses completed with Shaw Academy are Level 5.

Over 4,000,000 students have completed a Shaw Academy course and that is a testament to the quality and high regard with which they are held. The platform has 19 core categories ranging from mobile app development and viral marketing to personal beauty and guitar!

Want to try before you buy? There is a 30 day free trial with no obligation to go on to pay. This is a superb offer from a platform like Shaw Academy.

Start your free trial with Shaw Academy here.

OfCourse Free Online Learning

Another great provider of online courses is They have a whole category for free courses that can you browse on this page. Fancy yourself as a home brewer? Learn how with a free course! With niche courses like feline nutrition to the increasingly important skill of learning Mandarin, the free courses offer a great deal of variety.

You can increase the catalogue of courses that are available to you through by taking advantage of this 75% off discount on a paid course. They are great value and compliment the free courses well!

75% off at OfCourse can be found here.


OpenLearn from the Open University

Open University is a highly respected educational institution. Whilst well-known for their distance learning degrees, they also have extensive programmes available for free. The programme is called OpenLearn and it is packed with over 1,000 courses and you will probably find the course you are looking for!

We wrote more about OpenLearn in this article about how to get a new job and earn more money. *internal link* You can jump straight to the free course list from the OU here.

BT: Skills For Tomorrow

The rate of change in modern society can sometimes leave you feeling a bit out of touch. BT has recognised this and have released a free set of courses to keep you in the loop. Spread across 5 topics: Daily Life, Parents, Work Life, Business and Teachers, BT are helping you get the skills and insight you need today so that you can thrive tomorrow.

To ensure they are delivering the best-in-market life skills courses, BT have partnered with leading organisations such as Google, LinkedIN, Internet Matters, Barefoot and Good Things Foundation. Whether you want to touch up your CV to improve your career prospects, learn about how to keep yourself safe online or how to promote your new business, there is a course for you!

Primarily, BT Skills For Tomorrow is an online programme and is completely free of charge. If you would prefer some face-to-face support then they also have in-person delivery partners who can assist. Find out more about this amazing programme on the BT website here