Pick a course
Browse our course list to find something that you’d like to learn
about. We have courses in a diverse range of subjects and are always adding
more. Courses vary in length. Most are six to ten weeks long but we also have
some shorter two and three week courses.
Perhaps you might want to invite a friend to take part with you? You can do
this via email and social media when you join.
Choose to upgrade your course, or do it for free
On almost every course you will have the choice to upgrade or learn for free.
You can do this at the start, or at any point during or after the course.
Here’s the difference between doing a course for free or upgrading:
Choose which option is better for you.
You can find out more about upgrades in our FAQs.
While you’re waiting for the course to start, you can fill in your profile
page so that other learners can find out more about you. You can find your
profile in the menu on the top right of the screen.
We’ll email you to let you know when the course starts. If you’ve signed up a
long time in advance, we’ll also send you a ‘one month to go’ email, to help
you prepare for the course.
Start the course
Once the course begins, a link will appear on Your courses
dashboard. This will take you to the course ‘To do’ list, which will show you
what to do next.
FutureLearn courses are divided into weeks. These contain various activities
that you should aim to complete within the week, each one built from a
sequence of straightforward steps, to help you learn. Each week is given a
descriptive name, so you always know what’s expected, and you can even
navigate between them, to see what’s coming up, or catch up from the beginning
if you’re late starting.
Videos, audio and articles
You can learn by watching videos, listening to audio and reading articles.
Many of these steps are followed by short quizzes to help you check that you
Every article, video or piece of audio has a space to allow learners to
comment and ask questions. This appears in the margin on large screens or is
revealed below on small screens.
You can discuss topics with each other and educators will offer guidance and
answer questions. Press the comment button to join the conversation.
Mark as complete
There is a switch at the end of each step that allows you to mark it as
complete. This updates your ‘To do’ list, but leaving the switch off does not
prevent you from moving on to the next step.If you’re not sure that you
properly understood something, you can leave it and come back to it later.
Every so often, you’ll come across a discussion step, where you’ll be given a
topic to talk over with fellow learners. Talking about ideas is a really great
way to learn and consolidate information, so give it a go, even if you find it
Want to find out what everyone is talking about right now? Go to the course
activity page to see what questions you can help answer and which topics are
Once you start commenting, you’ll probably get replies from other learners.
You’ll see these on the replies page. You’ll also get email notifications, so
that you never miss a reply.
Spotted somebody that is making interesting points and asking great questions?
Press the ‘Follow’ button on their profile page and you can filter the
discussions to include the people you’re most interested in. If someone
follows you and you follow back, you can learn together.
Many activities will include a quiz, a moment to pause and check how well
you’ve understood the key points from the previous video or article before
moving on. The quizzes are not scored, you get an unlimited number of tries at
each question and we give you feedback and hints on each go.
If you’ve upgraded your course you will be able to take tests. Tests
work in much the same way as quizzes but tests are scored and are
limited to three tries. These count towards your overall mark and are
designed to test your knowledge. We’ll give you three points if you
get a question right first time, two on your second attempt and one
on your third.
Many of our courses also offer you the opportunity to do assignments and get
feedback from other learners on the course. Each assignment will come with
clear instructions about how to write or create your assignment, as well as
give constructive feedback to others. It’s a great opportunity to put what
you’ve learnt into practice and get tips on how to improve.
Completing the course
When you’ve finished your course, if you’ve upgraded and met the
requirements for a certificate, you’ll
receive a digital certificate and later a printed certificate to help
you demonstrate your learning.
If you haven’t upgraded you still have the chance to when you’ve
finished the course. If you upgrade you will be able to go back and
complete any tests in order to earn a certificate.
Choose the next course
Education is infectious: we’re confident that you’ll enjoy the FutureLearn
experience so much, you’ll have signed up to another course before the first
is even finished!
Browse our courses to get started