Although social media has been around since the late 90s, it’s only become a huge phenomenon and societal influence in the last decade.

Since the launch of Facebook in 2004, individuals and businesses have flocked to the various other platforms that have sprung up attempting to take a share of the market and attention.

Now, it’s an industry unto itself, and one that touches many aspects of our lives. With a social media course, you can learn some of the fundamentals of how they work.

Study social media online

Around 3 billion people worldwide use some form of social media, so it’s highly likely that you already know a little bit about it.

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are hugely popular and hold the power to sway everything from politics to self-esteem.

Although they might just seem like ways to keep in touch with people and look at cat memes, they’re also a highly efficient business tool.

Taking an online social media course can help broaden your understanding of these platforms.

Not only to sharpen your skills as a user, but they can also teach you some valuable business skills. You can learn how to use, target, and sell on social media, or how to build a new audience of new customers across multiple platforms.

If you’re looking to move into a career related to online marketing, social media skills are essential.

Social media managers, copywriters, campaign strategists and more all need a strong understanding of how the platforms work and how to reach potential customers effectively.

A social media course can also help with things like communication, organisation, creativity, and data analysis.

Choosing a social media course

We have a portfolio of social media courses to cater to beginners, improvers, and advanced social media users. They vary in length, as well as study time to ensure that you can fit the course around your current commitments.

Browse our social media portfolio to find the right platform knowledge and level of learning to suit your needs.

Earn a social media certificate

Earn personalised social media certificates when you complete an online course on FutureLearn, complete with lead educator signatures, organisation logos and course details. Share your achievements with employers, on Linkedin, on your CV and more.

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