A leading social learning provider, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform. Delivers courses from over 80 universities and higher education institutions around the world, online, for free, on any device.
Works with many schools across the UK to provide access to courses that help students of ability to improve their knowledge and make more informed choices about their higher education options.
“If a prospective student were to show evidence they had completed a MOOC aligned with their subject of choice, then it would be a tangible demonstration of their interest in that area. It would of course also give them something interesting and relevant to talk about at interview.” Viv Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Education, The University of Leeds
Explore subjects: get a taste of what studying topics such as science maths & technology, business studies, teaching, computer science, or robotics would be like.
Try out current degree course material on the platform. See if it is what you will really enjoy before signing up to the full 3 year degree.
Preparing for interviews: studying relevant content before applying to university can significantly improve a student’s chance of giving a good entrance interview.
Preparation for university applications: a FutureLearn course from UCAS gives students advice on writing a great university application; one from the University of East Anglia helps them to prepare them for the study skills they will need to get their degree off to a flying start.
You can, for a fee, get a certificate of completion for a FutureLearn course - not obviously needed for any of the above uses.
There's a lot more there that's useful for careers and education generally - as I write this my house still reeks of the potato that caught fire in the microwave, thanks to my youngest daughter and FutureLearn. Fascinating: real science, real mess, and a really cross wife.
Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+.
Special Educational Needs Index
The British guide to great universities from Harvard to Hong Kong.
We tell you how to choose, how to apply, how to pay.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The Good Schools Guide International offers the following guidance:
Determine the global situation and that of individual countries on government mandated school closures by accessing the UNESCO information on this link: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures.
For updates on the medical situation, go to the World Health Organisation website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.
If you wish to contact one of our GSGI listed schools to discover their current status or any plans for alternate learning strategies, please go to our database to find email and phone numbers for each school https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/international-search.
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