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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 It means early comments and links may now be out of date but if you click to the last few pages forumites are still adding courses they've spotted.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!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 15-11-2017 at 9:50 AM.
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  • Lynne2809
    I know exactly how you feel. Why do some companies/ people think that when you say you are a stay at home parent they basically think you don't work and sit down all day !!! I have been a stay at home mum for the last 3 years and I WANT TO DO SOME COURSES so that when all of my kids are in full time school eventually I feel I have the qualifications to re-enter the workforce with atleast a fighting chance of finding a decent paid job as I want to change my direction of career when I do return to work .

    Any ideas please get in touch !!
    • cheekyweelassie
    • By cheekyweelassie 10th May 10, 3:08 PM
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    There are some really useful resources on here. Thanks to everyone that has posted.

    I wondered if anyone had come across any free online Public Relations courses? I would like to have some formal PR training to cover strategy and planning.

    I'm already working in PR but I don't have any academic qualifications in the subject, and studying for a CIPR certificate would cost me around 2700. I work for a charity so there's no way they have a training budget to cover this.

    If anyone has come across any FREE PR courses, I would really like to hear about it. Thanks.
  • chocsessential
    Free ALISON Training Courses
    I don't know if anyone has mentioned the ALISON website before but it offers a range of free training courses. I am currently studying their Excel 2003 course and Introduction to Accounting. I have used Excel for many years but I am learning things I never knew before such as the IF and AVERAGE functions. I just thought I would pass it on in case anyone feels like having a go at something new:
    • purcel
    • By purcel 13th May 10, 9:18 AM
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    Thanks but already posted a few times : age=8
    Will request a merge!
  • chocsessential
    Oh, pooh. I did a search for ALISON but it didn't come up. Thanks
  • janiek32
    Whilst i know this is an old thread, i thought i would add a comment on ALISON courses

    Yes the COURSES are free, but as I found the hard way, after weeks of study, you have to pay to obtain your certificates, they wanted 115 for ONE from me!
    SO while i have put all that hard study and time into a diploma I have nothing to show for it
  • ltsc3001
    free courses rcmnd'd
    Just to add a comment on vision2learn. Your tutor is based at a college which may not be in your home town, so if your course is one which has an exam at the end of it then you may have to travel to that college to sit the exam.

    I did an IT course with them a few years back and had to travel to the college which was 30 miles away. I dont know if this is still the case but I thought is was worth pointing out as some people may not have the means to travel.
    Originally posted by anji1979
    After studying 3 of the courses through vision 2 learn, i can say for sure and put everybodies mind at rest that you DO NOT have to travel to the college for the exam. It is all done online using the moodle system which is very very easy to use. once you have done your assignments you just email it back to them and they mark it then return it if it needs resubmitting.

    Ive enjoyed it all and would signpost anybody to it.
  • Kandykisses
    I personally would not recommend V2L to anyone sorry!

    I was studying with them, but back in March of this year my father was diagnosed with Cancer, at the time we did not know how serious it was, it was later diagnosed as lvl 4 lung cancer, which had spread to his liver. I was his main carer until the end, he sadly passed away on 21st of September of this year. Also during that time I was sick myself.
    Because of that I was removed from both courses I was doing..if that is the level of compassion they give their students I am glad I am not studying with V2l anymore, there are other options!
    • evvkas
    • By evvkas 7th Nov 12, 9:15 AM
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    Free online bookkeeping course
    Website seems pretty legit, haven't actually tried it out myself, but I signed up and received an email saying I can start week 1 and planning to start next week

    This course is from Quentin Pain, the founder of

    All you need to do is sign up by giving your name and email address, you should then receive an email to confirm your subscription.
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 14th Dec 12, 8:51 AM
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    Free Online University Courses.
    They were talking on Bbc Breakfast this morning about some of the Uk top universities getting together and offering free online courses.
    I don't know how good they are but there are over 1000 subjects listed from computers to religion, crafts to gardening and everything in between.
    Sign up to learn something new in the New Year.
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    • karmaqween
    • By karmaqween 6th Jan 13, 12:14 PM
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    I am learning free of charge my own way that blows these supposed free helps away, please let me explain.... These free courses, esp Vision To Learn and Learn Direct are extremely basic and offer no decent qualification. Do not get me wrong, they are great for those whom feel they need to practice and get back into a form of learning but, at the end, the most you will have gained is a level 2 Maths, English, I.T certificate.
    Levels 1 and 2, in most job potentials, will be of no value, a level 3 and 4 are required. To obtain a level 3, to which is still relatively basic a level in any career,(but, you are required at least a level 3 before obtaining a chance to further your studies in any career), it will cost, on average, 450-600, this is the cheapest of any online course, to study on a campus, will be considerably more, any above level requires 600 and over.
    The Government only fund up to a level 2, which is not only infuriating it is, in all actuality, pointless. To do any free course, it is best to do for your own enjoyment and want, I just do not want people to have high hopes of a career prospect as I did initially.
    I have taken to doing voluntary placements (social care) instead and I am now saving for a payment plan to do an online course. I am, gaining the relevant experience for free, active and helping the community all in one go.
    I hope I have been of help here?.
    Last edited by karmaqween; 06-01-2013 at 12:17 PM.
    • Cook_County
    • By Cook_County 6th Jan 13, 10:51 PM
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    The market leaders in really high quality free high quality education today are now in the States.

    For those interested in degree or masters level try edX

    Otherwise even more fun is coursera
  • keelz
    Here is a free drug training course from Kirklees Council, I found it really informative as I'm hoping to work with young people or in social care. It takes a few hours to complete but the only thing is I could not save the certificate at the end, I think it may need to be printed off there and then so now I have to start over when my printer ink has been refilled!;

    Also there is Introduction to Mental Health with certificate for completion;

    Autism course with certificate (American)

    I've also found SCIE course modules very useful, no certificates but great for improving your knowledge and boosting CV. You can do lots of different modules and they are in a learning log that can be printed off and put in your portfolio, CV.
    Last edited by keelz; 07-01-2013 at 12:36 PM. Reason: Missing link
  • keelz
    Another that might be useful to some people is ACAS free E-Learning there are ten different courses;

    Informing and consulting
    Discipline and grievance
    Managing absence
    Contracts and written statements
    Handling redundancy
    Working parents
    Bullying and harassment
    Sexual orientation
    Religion or belief
    Age discrimination
  • SavvySarah
    Free Online University Courses
    There are many universities across the world that offer free online courses via Coursera. The courses are predominantly 6-12 weeks in duration, cover a wide variety of topics and are all completely free.

    For more information see:

    www dot coursera dot org/courses

    You can study for accreditation or just for fun. So enjoy!
    Last edited by SavvySarah; 20-01-2013 at 4:21 PM. Reason: clarity
    • OneYorkshireLass
    • By OneYorkshireLass 20th Jan 13, 5:03 PM
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  • Charlotte49
    I signed up for a couple of Coursera courses a while ago. All courses are completely free and I thought it was worth mentioning that all courses come with certification, making them useful for CV's etc.
    • OneYorkshireLass
    • By OneYorkshireLass 20th Jan 13, 5:14 PM
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    Did you sign up for courses with universities based in the UK, or with those in the US?
    I was wondering whether it makes much of a difference learning with a US uni (as most of them appear to be US-based).
    • Cook_County
    • By Cook_County 20th Jan 13, 8:30 PM
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    There are already 9 pages of discussion on this same subject here:

    including my own post on 6th January which provides even more suggestions:

    "The market leaders in really high quality free high quality education today are now in the States.

    For those interested in degree or masters level try edX

    Otherwise even more fun is coursera"
  • georgexino
    Another one to look into would be

    They have a lot of free courses from many good universities, most of them based in the US.
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