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Today is our first birthday

Our first course began a year ago today. We’ve got lots of things going on to celebrate this, our first birthday, as well as the many partners and learners who’ve been part of the FutureLearn journey so far. Here’s a quick summary of all of them.


Our story

If you’d like to see what’s been going on at FutureLearn over the last 12 months, take a look at our new interactive. It tells our story so far with some remarkable numbers – like the fact that 30,638 comments were left on just one course discussion. It also shines a light on the variety of courses our partners have offered this year, and some of the big questions they posed.

Read our story so far


Your stories

Since our first course began, more than 650,000 learners have joined FutureLearn. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been meeting some of them – every learner has a remarkable story to tell, and many have been waving the FutureLearn flag around the world because they want more people to know about free online courses.

Read their stories


Celebrating progress

Finally, you can take an in-depth look at some of the features we’ve added this year – and find out what lies ahead for FutureLearn – in this blog post from our Head of Product, Matt Walton. In it, Matt explains why we’ve removed our “beta” label today and can confidently say that we run the best free online courses in the world.

Read “Celebrating progress”


Thank you

Of course, none of this would’ve been possible without our partners and learners, so a very big thank you goes to all of you!

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We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
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