This week, we are sharing some FREE online courses available for you during lockdown. Knowledge is power and education is fun so take this opportunity to build skills and develop new passions.
Has a wide range of courses created by different universities and institutions across the UK. Courses vary in length, but most are six to ten weeks long but we also have some shorter two and three-week courses.
It is free to register and you have access to each course for its duration, there is also a paid upgraded alternative which provides a certificate.
Brouse their course list here.
Here are some examples, that are free for a limited time:
Demystifying Mindfulness, 6 weeks, 6 hours per week
Digital Wellbeing, 3 weeks, 3 hours per week
Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life: 7 weeks, 3 hours per week
Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut and Brain, 5 weeks, 4 hours per day
Anxiety in Children and Young People during COVID-19, 2 weeks, 2 hours per week
Managing Mental Health and Stress, 2 weeks, 3 hours per week
Covid-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health, 3 weeks, 2 hours per week
Women’s Health After Motherhood, 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high-quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.
Find the full list of digital and/ or numeracy courses here, these include introductory, intermediate and advanced courses.
Example of their introductory digital courses:
- Learn My Way
Resources to help you get started online. Find topics from getting to grips with your computer, tablet or mobile phone to how to use office programs like Excel, Word and PowerPoint. You can also learn to manage your money, use public services or find jobs and careers advice online.
- Make it Click
Tools and resources to help you build skills for using social media, email or make working from home easier. Learn to use applications like Word, PowerPoint and Excel and know how to stay safe online. Improve your digital skills for things like creating a CV, running a webinar or using online services.
- Get the best out of Microsoft Office
Learn how to get to grips with Microsoft Outlook, which offers an email service, calendar, contact book and more. This course covers topics like organising your inbox, managing your calendar and creating to-do lists.
- Learn for everyday life
Inspire your digital journey with lessons on a variety of skills to help you master video calling, deal with online fraud, improve your CV, present yourself and work with others safely online.
Example of their introductory numeracy courses:
- Everyday Maths
Refresh your maths skills to help with everyday life or get on in your job. From using a calculator, learning to convert fractions to decimals and understanding percentages, to measuring objects, distances and weights. Understand how to use tables, diagrams and charts. You'll get lots of practice using the maths you need in daily life.
- Introduction to Finance
The essential analytical tools and financial reports that are used to manage organisations, like understanding balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and cash flow forecast and managing budgets.
The Brilliant Club has a number of resources for those thinking about university and higher education, with lots of advice and guidance. They also have a lot of resources about building up skills for universities, such as structuring an essay, referencing, teaching methods or developing an argument.
They also have a list of Master Classes that cover a range of fascinating topics:
Virology: The How and Why of Poxvirus Research
History: Law and Order in Medieval Towns
Science: Selective Attention
Psychology: Emotion Induction
Modern History: Religious Minorities in the Time of a Pandemic
Literature: Why didn’t medieval women take selfies?
History Masterclass: How do people and communities rebuild their lives after a disaster?
Chemistry: Glow in the dark drugs
Literature: What is a monster?
- Organisation studies: Was Albus Dumbledore a toxic leader?
Full list of free courses available here
- Health, Sport and Psychology
- Education and Development
- History and the Arts
- Money and Business
- Nature and Environment
- Science, Maths and Technology
- Society, Politics and Law