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The Top UK Cities for Online Learning in Lockdown

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The UK joined a third of the world’s population in lockdown this year. The Prime Minister announced lockdown measures starting on the 23rd March to slow down the spread of the virus and reduce excess deaths. As a result, 8.9 million workers were furloughed from their jobs and record numbers of people Googled home office setup, bikes, veg boxes, and learn a language.

A huge number of Britons used this time to improve their skills or find a new online hobby. FutureLearn.com saw a 350% increase in visitors from the UK, looking to boost their CV, adjust to the new normal, or just fill their time with something new. 

Unsurprisingly, London led the charge as the UK’s largest city with Birmingham following, but Glasgow, Bristol, and Edinburgh made up 3 of the top 5 despite having much smaller populations. 

RankCity
1London
2Birmingham
3Glasgow
4Bristol
5Edinburgh
6Manchester
7Leeds
8Cardiff
9Liverpool
10Nottingham

What were people learning? 

COVID 19 has been the world’s focus since early 2020, and courses on the topic have dominated the top 5 lists for most UK cities. Teachers around the country have also had to pivot online quickly, and have dedicated time and resources to improve their understanding of online learning, teaching, and how to provide good continuity for their students.

Interestingly, there has also been a nation-wide focus on mental health issues and how to support yourself or others. Many of our learners from top cities have focused on improving their understanding of ADHD and learning to support young people with depression/anxiety. 

Lifelong-learning is a huge focus at FutureLearn, and it’s been encouraging to see so many people improving their skills for work, including a large number of visitors from Leeds showing interest in people management skills, and plenty of people in Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool improving their digital skills with a social media course. 

There have been some fun courses too – users from Birmingham have been keenest to get into journalism, while people from London and Cardiff are most likely to start writing fiction. Glaswegians have been the most concerned with caring for vulnerable children or people with anxiety or depression, and Liverpudlians have been the keenest British historians, looking at the controversies of the British Empire.  

Top Lockdown Courses in London

  1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  2. GDPR
  3. Start Writing Fiction
  4. Understanding ADHD
  5. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students  

Top Lockdown Courses in Birmingham

  1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  2. Preparing for Uni
  3. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students   
  4. Good Practice in Autism Education
  5. Introduction to Journalism

Top Lockdown Courses in Glasgow

  1. COVID 19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application
  2. Caring for Vulnerable Children
  3. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  4. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students  
  5. Anxiety in Children and Young People During COVID-19

Top Lockdown Courses in Bristol

  1. Good Practice in Autism Education
  2. Understanding ADHD
  3. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  4. Digital Skills: Social Media
  5. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students  

Top Lockdown Courses in Edinburgh

  1. COVID 19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application
  2. Anxiety in Children and Young People During COVID-19
  3. Caring for Vulnerable Children
  4. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  5. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students   

Top Lockdown Courses in Manchester

  1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  2. Understanding ADHD
  3. Digital Skills: Social Media
  4. Presenting Your Work With Impact
  5. Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Top Lockdown Courses in Leeds

  1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  2. How to Succeed in Your EPQ: The Nuts and Bolts of Completing Your Project
  3. People Management Skills
  4. Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School
  5. How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students   

Top Lockdown Courses in Cardiff

  1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  2. Understanding Autism
  3. Exploring English: Language and Culture
  4. Start Writing Fiction
  5. How to Succeed at: Interviews

Top Lockdown Courses in Liverpool

  1. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  2. Digital Skills: Social Media
  3. COVID 19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application
  4. Empire: The Controversies of British Imperialism
  5. Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People

Top Lockdown Courses in Nottingham

  1. Safeguarding Adults: Level 3 Training
  2. COVID 19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  3. Working with Translation: Theory and Practice
  4. An Introduction to Screenwriting
  5. COVID 19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application
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