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Welcoming ten million learners to FutureLearn

We've officially hit ten million learners using the FutureLearn platform! Find out what this means for us in numbers.

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When FutureLearn launched in December 2012, this post outlined the aims of the company as follows:

  • To bring together a range of free, open, online courses from leading UK universities, that will be clear, simple to use and accessible.
  • To draw on the Open University’s expertise in delivering distance learning and pioneering open education resources to underpin a unified, coherent offer from all of its partners.
  • To increase accessibility to higher education for students across the UK and in the rest of the world.

Seven years later, we’ve just welcomed our ten millionth learner to the FutureLearn fold and have active learners in every single country of the world. 

From a stellar group of 21 UK and two international university partners in 2012, we’ve grown to work with 175+ industry-leading institutions around the globe. 

From Russell Group universities to national museums, we’ve worked with partners to bring you thousands of online courses and materials so that anyone, anywhere has the opportunity to learn.  

In honour of the occasion, and to put ten million people into perspective, we’ve taken a deep-dive into what ten million looks like for our platform, university partners, courses and learners.

Last year in the UK, there were 2.3 million students in higher education.

With ten million learners on the books, FutureLearn has seen quadruple the student population of the UK last year sign up to our courses.

In terms of university student populations around the world, ten million learners are equal to:

       ➞416 times the student population of Oxford University.

       ➞67 times the student population of the University of London.

       ➞436 times the student population of Harvard University.

       ➞212 times the student population of Melbourne University.

Sitting slightly above the UK average for female students in higher education, 60% of our learners are female. 


10 flags of the countries with the most FutureLearners

Infographic of our 3 top performing courses, Understanding IELTS, Mindfulness for Peak Performance and Start Writing Fiction.

Infographic about our most active FutureLearner. They enrolled in 1,500 courses, completed over 40,000 course steps and left 240 comments.

And fuelling the tireless efforts of the team behind the platform?

Infographic showing the FutureLearn team has consumer 3,100 kg of coffee and 102,800 tea bags

Infographic that states we have 10 million learners, 25 million enrolments and 35 million comments.

With ten million learners on the books, over 25 million enrolments across our courses, and over 35 million comments made on course steps, we’ve made exciting progress towards our mission of transforming access to education. 

But the work is only just beginning. 

We’ll continue to invest in our platform, making sure it’s enjoyable to use and easy to connect with and learn from those who share your passions. 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, questions, ideas, and experience with us and your fellow learners, whether it’s through leaving a comment on a course step or chatting with us on social media

Every single one of the ten million (!) of you has brought us closer to our mission of creating enjoyable, social and credible learning experiences where anyone, anywhere can enjoy the transformative power of education.

Please do share your experiences of learning on FutureLearn below.

Now, to the next ten million 🥂.

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Our purpose is to transform access to education.

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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