Online Learning – Free Courses You Can Start NOW!

Updated Sept 2019. Also contains some affiliate links.


Online Courses you can Start Now, For Free!

I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE learning. I thoroughly enjoyed my degree at university and I miss that aspect of organised learning that I don’t necessarily get at work.

Do you know what I mean?

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For a while I’d been thinking about enrolling on a course at our local college but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I’m interested in lots of things! And these courses aren’t cheap.

And that is when I discovered the most amazing opportunities to study online and best of all, for FREE!

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Here I share with you my experiences of two online learning platforms which I still use now. I can honestly say, I think they are brilliant! If I didn’t work, I’d sit and complete courses all day. I also include a few others which you should look into!


In short, FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform. They offer literally LOADS of free courses and I absolutely love the format. Learn how to become an entrepreneur, or improve your coding skills with an online course from FutureLearn. Join for free.

The courses all vary in length. Some were two weeks, some were six weeks.

Each week, you are guided through different content, of which is delivered in the form of text and video. You are encouraged to comment, like and engage with other course members. There are also some assignments to complete. There was no pressure to complete these though on the courses I took. The great thing about FutureLearn is that you can go at your own pace. If you miss a week, no problem, you can catch up the week after. Since starting, I’ve completed a number of courses on digital marketing, journalism and storytelling, all of which have been super useful in my day job. I’ve also done some courses on digestion, health and nutrition.


Another MOOC learning platform I like is Coursera. They offer a wider range of courses and it was on this platform that I learnt more about cooking for children and general nutrition by Maya Adams. Coursera courses are also on demand, lasting around four to ten weeks. The content is typically delivered through video or text and you are encouraged to participate in quizzes and exercises. Choose from hundreds of online business courses.

Coursera: Build New Skills Anytime, Anywhere with 100% online courses. Start Now!

John Academy

John Academy is an online training provider with a huge list of courses ranging from business to beauty, accounting to animal care. There’s something for everyone here. They offer a range of free and paid for courses. You can get a discount though by clicking here:
Save Up to 97% at John Academy Online Courses.

Udemy is the world’s largest online learning platform with over 30 million students and hundreds of courses. There’s everything from business and design to IT and marketing.

What was your experience? To note, this isn’t a sponsored post or review. This is a write-up of the experiences I have had with both platforms 🙂

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  1. I\’ve been thinking of doing some online learning for ages, but I worry I wouldn\’t get the practical experience that I would require for what I want to study 🙁

  2. I really liked Coursera. It was a good way to keep my brain moving, had some fascinating courses and reminded me of being at university.

    The course quality could be iffy but as it\’s on a voluntary basis and you can dip in and out to what\’s relevant to you that\’s not so much of a worry!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences particularly FutureLearn. It\’s one I haven\’t fully explored yet.


  3. I have completed a day release Biology degree and a post grad management course – both of which were amazing to do but very consuming – I can\’t imagine doing anything like that while the kids are so demanding, but one day this would be fab!
    Thanks for sharing this cool info with #coolmumclub

  4. I didn\’t realise you could access courses like this without paying a hefty fee? I\’ll definitely be looking into this. Great way to keep my brain from seizing up and learn some new skills now that I only work part time. Great tips – thanks for sharing! #momsterslink x

  5. I\’ve never done any official online courses, although I did do a few sessions on a website (I can\’t remember which one now) to learn about HTML when I first started blogging and I loved it.
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  6. I too love to learn new stuff. It\’s remembering it that\’s the hard part on my brain lol. I have learned a lot about blogging mostly through trial and error. Thanks so much for linking with #momsterslink and I apologize for the delay in my commenting as I\’ve been on a little break but I do hope you will link again this Thurs-Sun!

  7. I wish to start a course on either environmental courses or a course that related to oil and gas but it must be on postgra courses or masters level from any recognized institutions in the globe.
    Thanks AKINYODE olubunmi Abiodun

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