Where to find free online learning | National Careers Service

Find more free online learning courses

Many organisations offer free online learning in a range of subjects and levels. You can explore providers, the subjects they offer and the levels available before choosing. For advice on what to look out for, see our guide to choosing an online course.

As well as online only providers, you might also find courses with:

  • state funded colleges and training organisations
  • universities – you can search UCAS to find these
  • large employers in a range of sectors like finance, IT, business and engineering

Courses offered by state funded universities and colleges are inspected and approved by the government. Private companies offering online learning are not, so you’ll need to check to make sure that courses are of good quality.

The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council’s guide may help you to find good quality online courses.

English courses

Improve your written and spoken English skills.

  • The British Council
  • Pearson (UK Learns)

Maths courses

Improve your own maths or help your children to learn number skills.

  • National Numeracy Challenge
  • Khan Academy
  • Pearson (UK Learns)

Personal development and lifestyle courses

Develop an interest or hobby, improve your personal skills, or take care of your own mental wellbeing.

  • Alison
  • Barclays Lifeskills
  • Coursera
  • Google
  • Vision2Learn
  • Pearson (UK Learns)