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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 31st Oct 06, 10:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged)
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    • 31st Oct 06, 10:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged) 31st Oct 06 at 10:44 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 It means early comments and links may now be out of date but if you click to the last few pages forumites are still adding courses they've spotted.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 Former MSE Andrea; 15-11-2017 at 8:50 AM.
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  • Fairygold
    Employment Law training
    Employment law e-learning suitable for small businesses or line managers from

    It cover issues such as absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedures, maternity rights.
  • freelancemermaid
    open university courses
    the open university offers many courses, more and more of which have an online component and some are purely online.

    they range from courses lasting a few weeks to PhDs!

    funding is potentially available, based on personal circumstances. this could cover your fees partially or even entirely - and you might even get money towards study essentials like a computer.

    studying with the open uni completely changed my life and i got my degree with them for almost no financial lay-out at all.

    they're really open to people of all backgrounds and with no study history.

    (ps: i promise i don't work for them!)
  • edamage
    free computer courses
    A site I found was!!!!!navtab
    Free online computer courses. Plus lots of useful tips for beginners about computers. and tech stuff. based in the USA.
    Smile and be happy, things can usually get worse!
    • Lugh_Chronain
    • By Lugh_Chronain 1st Nov 06, 5:21 PM
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    Learn how to use the internet step-by-step with BBC’s WebWise
  • Chris357
    Learn German
    Deutsche Welle give free German courses - Beginner, Intermediate and Business: It is possible to download the PDF files if you want.

    For those who are already quite advanced,you can get free internet TV at If you go to Tagesschau and choose the last transmission option (Letze Sendung) you will get a written summary of the topics to help you. Babelfish translater (also free) can then be used to decipher anything you don't understand. However, you have to be careful with Babelfish because it will not always translate accurately.

    Deutsche Welle also transmit internet TV - some programmes in German and some in English.

    A selection of free internet TV in all languages can be found at

    More radio and TV stations are supplied at
    Click on radio stations on the front page and this will lead you to the option for TV stations.
  • starry night
    online info
    Hi All

    We run a website offering free support and guidance to anyone involved in NVQ. You can pay for other areas, but there are plenty of free resources and advice to candidates, assessors and verifiers.

  • CarlyA
    Vision2Learn not available in Scotland!?
    Vision2learn not available in Scotlan, Wales or Northern Ireland yet.
    by barri
    Not being funny, but if it's all done online, why does it matter if the student is in Scotland, Wales or NI? I'm in Scotland, I wonder if i could register my Mum's address as my own as she lives in England!??
  • riverhall_red
    Vision2Learn is funded by the local skills councils so it requires patnerships with colleges that can fund students in your particular area, they are free to you, however they make money from you signing up.

    Last time I heard they did not have any associations in scotland and wales and did not cover the whole of the UK therefore its pretty hit and miss that you could get a course, also only some courses are available in some parts of the country which is a bit odd.

    With Vision2Learn you can get kicked off too, I got kicked from their sports course as I hadnt done an assignment in time, this was due to the funders requiring course completion in a certain time frame, but this should not put you off if you are serious in completing a course in a reasonable time frame (I was too busy unfortunately and I was told I could re-apply)

    There is a free windows XP course at its got adverts in but its quite good for beginners, you dont have to register you can just click and learn, but registration gives you an exam and course tracking etc.

    Also has a lot of free tutorials and if you sign up for their free trial to their online courses section you get the first 20 odd pages from the courses. They charge £99 for full signup to their courses (all tutorials are free) but they seem to give out discount vouchers every month for about 20% off, just sit on their mailing list if you want to buy
    • simont
    • By simont 1st Nov 06, 8:40 PM
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    Digital Photography Classes
    Not quite a course but this site has some great learning resources if your a budding photographer:
    see the Tips bit on the top right. Then, once you've taken your photos theres always Good Tutorials ( ) which has over 12000 photoshop tutorials or the official GIMP ( site which has loads of links to tutorials and guides. In case you haven't heard of it before, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Tool) is a free, open source program that comes very close to Photoshop in terms of functionality. If you are thinking about learning photography definately try out the GIMP before forking out a few hundred quid for photoshop.
  • Pandora123
    Audio & Video Learning Resources and Educational Podcasts lists free audio & video learning resources and also offers educational podcasts.
  • stiffy
    free courses
    Offer free courses through your place of work
  • rowdybeans
    Free courses
    This article is a bit american based, but there are loads of online courses you can do
    • NikkiB
    • By NikkiB 2nd Nov 06, 9:42 AM
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    Minimal Phonic Cues
    Minimal Phonic Cues at contains downloadable books in pdf format to help children and adults with their reading and spelling. It was written by a lecturer called Margaret Sanders in the 1970s and now she had made it all available for free. You can get a teacher's handbook, reading and spelling workbook, reading material, flashcards. It teaches in a traditional phonics way, which is really popular again nowadays.

    Very handy if your kids are struggling a bit at school.

    Nikki (Additional Support Tutor in Cornwall)

    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 07-11-2006 at 3:03 PM.
  • Murray
    CoolGorilla do free phrase packs that you can download to your computer or mp3 player, if you have one. You can get them here:
    The 'Teach Yourself' cd's are quite good, your local library may have them? I recommend 'Instant Spanish' by Elizabeth Smith.
    by liz545
    Thanks liz 545 but I was particularly looking for one that leads to some sort of qualification - but I think I'll be very lucky to find one!
    • Jaws
    • By Jaws 3rd Nov 06, 8:32 AM
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    Lots of material here:
    I found it when looking for info on how to read music.
    • claralou
    • By claralou 4th Nov 06, 10:58 AM
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    finding courses and help with fees
    Directgov is quite good for finding courses close to where you live or work - you can type in the subject you want to learn and your postcode and it tells you everything in your area. They're not all free but you can get full info on the costs and you'll find some are free.

    Also there's loads of info about Career Development Loans and other ways of getting financial help for courses here:
    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 4th Nov 06, 10:01 PM
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    Found this featured on BBC Click, not courses but short video tutorials

    How to get out of a car without showing your knickers
    How to Tie a Tie - Full Windsor Knot
    How to Tie a Tie - Half Windsor Knot
    How to make a cup float in mid air
    How to make a cigarette disappear
    How to Fold a T-Shirt In 2 Seconds
    How to Become Breast Self Aware
    How To Kiss Someone Passionately
    How to Perform the Perfect Golf Swing
    How to Pierce a Balloon Without It Popping
    How to Make a Submarine

    ... lots more
    Last edited by Sooler; 04-11-2006 at 10:04 PM.
  • Sexy_Em
    I'm currently doing the Great2Run 20wk running programme:

    It even gives you a national qualification - a BTEC First Certificate in Sport. All for free.
    by iamsam
    I did this too, I think you had to be running the Great North Run to do it though didnt you??
  • fannyannie
    I tried to register for the vision2learn but u have 2 be employed and i'm not! Any ideas??

    thank you
    • iamsam
    • By iamsam 7th Nov 06, 7:58 AM
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    I did this too, I think you had to be running the Great North Run to do it though didnt you??
    by Sexy_Em
    Not as far as I can remember... I ran the Great Edinburgh Run, which is where I found out about it, but didn't think it was a requirement (I don't remember them asking when I signed up).
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