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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 31st Oct 06, 11:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged)
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    • 31st Oct 06, 11:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged) 31st Oct 06 at 11:44 AM
    Update November 2017

    Well, this Great Hunt has been going over 10 years now. It means early comments and links may now be out of date but if you click to the last few pages forumites are still adding courses they've spotted. If you've seen one join the Forum and add it to the list.


    The internet is a mine of free information and can be especially useful when wanting to learn a new skill. So I thought I'd tap MoneySavers pool of knowledge to find out free online courses. Whether it's a language you want to learn, PC skills or something random like juggling share your gems of info!

    What to post

    We need to know a bit about the course and please include a hyperlink to where it can be found.

    This Forum tip was included in's weekly email!
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    • somasthket
    • By somasthket 14th Dec 16, 4:07 PM
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    I would definitely recommend doing the Business and Admin Level 2 & 3. Level 2 is quick.

    Wondering if you can tell me about the Level 2 IT course, does it cover pivot tables, v-lookup and in how much detail?

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    • Mee
    • By Mee 15th Dec 16, 10:13 AM
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    Level 2 IT
    I completed the course in 2014/2015 and it did not contain 'how to' of pivot tables then. However, there are some excellent YouTube videos out there:
    Sali Kaceli and
    Simon Sez IT
    to name but two of my favs.

    I could only do Bus & Admin L2 (2015/2016) - so would like to know when and which partner college offer(ed) L3.
    Would recommend Equality and Diversity.
    • somasthket
    • By somasthket 15th Dec 16, 11:20 AM
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    The Online Learning College offer Level 3
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 3rd Jan 17, 12:59 PM
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    Free online Family Research course.
    I've had an email from 'Lilly', who do free online courses. One of the courses that is starting later this month is about researching your family tree.
    I don't know whether it will be any good, but you may want to check it out.

    Free online course
    Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

    Develop an understanding of genealogy – how to research your family tree and communicate the results – in this free online course.

    • FREE online course
    • Duration: 6 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • Certificates available

    Download video: standard or HD

    About the course

    This free online course will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. We will consider how to effectively find and analyse sources and explore the potential of DNA testing as applied to genealogy. We’ll help you add historical context to your family history and discuss how to record and communicate research findings in a clear fashion. The course is primarily designed for people at beginner to intermediate level.
    Learn how to find and store information on your family tree

    We’ll get you to define what you want to research, and consider the best ways to go about finding and storing information on your family tree. A key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.
    We’ll conclude by introducing the main types of tools genealogists use to communicate their research finds, including creating a family tree and look at how to write a meaningful family history.
    Share your own genealogy finds with learners worldwide

    Throughout the course, you’ll follow the story of Chris, as she uncovers her own family history, and you’ll be encouraged to share sources and ideas particular to your area of genealogical interest and geographic focus.
    The course will not concentrate on a specific country’s records or how to source these, so it will be useful to anyone around the world.
    Develop your genealogy skills

    The knowledge you gain from this course may prompt you to explore family history research more deeply or consider a career as a professional genealogist.
    You may even wish to take your learning further, with the University of Strathclyde’s online MSc in Genealogical Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.

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    Start dates

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    No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required.
    This course will be suitable if you:
    • have no experience with genealogy or family history research;
    • have some experience with genealogical research but want to develop your skills and knowledge further;
    • are a more experienced genealogical researcher but want to learn new searching, analytical or communication techniques or
    • find it difficult to access opportunities for training and development.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 3rd Jan 17, 1:42 PM
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    Wizard of Id
    I wonder if the course will cover both the English and the Scottish researching as they are slightly different in the way the records are available.
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    • juno
    • By juno 3rd Jan 17, 8:16 PM
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    Social Care TV are offering a free course in Depression until February 6th.

    This is the course details

    This is the link for the free course
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    • lemontart
    • By lemontart 15th Jan 17, 11:15 AM
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    free digital photography course
    From Harvard this time

    and another 4 listed here
    Last edited by lemontart; 15-01-2017 at 5:15 PM.
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    • LLC86
    • By LLC86 17th Mar 17, 11:10 AM
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    FRE online course!!
    vision2learn offer completely free online courses for those living in England and over the age of 19!

    I have just completed the Business & Administration course and loved it, the support is fantastic and you can do it whenever you like, as long as you hit your assignment submission dates! I struggled a bit with my first assignment but the tutors feedback was great, and I was allowed to resubmit until I got it right!
    • redfox
    • By redfox 9th Nov 17, 5:40 PM
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    Lots of free Open University courses now available
    The Open University has just started offering hundreds of new free courses.

    Why study a free course on OpenLearn?
    Our courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.

    You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

    Check out the full details here:
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    • epm-84
    • By epm-84 31st Dec 17, 10:36 AM
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    Free Inspiring Digital Enterprise course (similar style to Duke of Edinburgh award)
    Inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh award the Duke of York's Inspiring Digital Enterprise award is designed to inspire anyone to pick up new skills and have fun while they learn. It's free to take part - currently only the Bronze version has been launched with the Silver version to follow in 2018.

    Sign up link:
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