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Study online with a UK university for free

Claim a free digital upgrade on any course from a UK university, thanks to the Study UK campaign. This gives you ongoing access and the chance to earn a digital certificate.

How to get your free digital upgrade

Choose one of our online courses from a UK University and join for free
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Complete five steps of the course
Claim your free digital upgrade
Get ongoing access to and the opportunity to earn a digital certificate on your chosen course
What do you get with a digital upgrade?

Get free ongoing access

Get ongoing access to one course so you can take it at your own pace and come back to it in future.

Access to tests

With a digital upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course, if relevant.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

Earn a free digital certificate

You need to mark 90% or more of the course as complete, and score an average of 70% or more on any course tests to earn a free digital certificate. Once you’re eligible you will receive a PDF certificate which you can download and print at home - perfect for demonstrating your learning.

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Find the course for you

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The Open University
Basic Science: Understanding Numbers
This course explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything from atoms to oceans.
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Newcastle University
Cyber Security
This three-week free online course explores practical cyber security including privacy online, payment safety and security at home
University of Birmingham
Electrical Engineering
Get a taste of an electrical engineering degree. Build your confidence in communicating ideas and using technical vocabulary.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Health in Humanitarian Crises
Discover the health needs of those affected by humanitarian crises, challenges of delivering healthcare, and what we must do next.
The Open University
Management and Leadership: Leading a Team
Develop a business plan and build a team with one of two courses in the Management and Leadership program.
UCL (University College London)
Perioperative Medicine in Action
Explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed course.
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The University of Kent
Understanding Autism
Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with this online course.
UCL (University College London)
Global Prosperity Beyond GDP
How can we think beyond GDP and build a prosperous economy that works better for people and the planet? Find out with this course.

Meet the learners worldwide

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FutureLearn has helped me to meet people from all over the world and learn about topics I never thought I could.



It’s a wonderful place to enhance knowledge and skills. Its capability to partner with organisations like the British Council helped me and others with little financial setup to develop new talents in computing.

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More about the campaign

As part of the Study UK campaign, the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign are partnering with FutureLearn, to give people in eligible countries access to free courses from UK universities, plus the chance to celebrate their learning with one of up to 60,000 free digital upgrades.

Terms and conditions apply.

Any questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.