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FutureLearn.com

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.

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