The number of quality free online courses you can access is amazing. It’s doubtful such a proliferation of high quality, detailed information has been available so f accessible n the history of humanity.

Attending courses in person with teachers and students you can interact with is always preferred but the digital revolution means we can often study what we want when we want. In some cases we can do it for free.

The downside is there’s much more emphasis on certification and course completion now.

Here’s our list of the best free courses.


University of Queensland


University of Queensland is a fantastic source of interesting, free, in-depth courses.

Just to give you a sample of the 47 currently on offer there’s the Psychology of Criminal Justice, Anthropology of Current World Issues to exercise the brain or the ever popular and practical English Grammar and Style.

U of Q is part of Class Central, a search engine and reviews site for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.

Partner Universities include Harvard, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more than 800 others.


Future Learn



Future Learn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world, Southhampton, Lancaster and the University of Queensland to name a few.

It takes no time to join a course once your have signed up to the website.

You also get the chance to meet the educators and join the online discussion group.

  • What’s free: Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

If you choose to upgrade and pay you get:

Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)

  • Access to course tests if there are any
  • A Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation when you’re eligible.





Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. Our courses are available to start right away.

All of Open University courses enable you to earn a Statement of participation and some also allow you to earn a free digital badge. You can use your badge or statement of participation to share your achievement with others although they do not carry any formal credit towards a qualification.

There are limitations on unpaid courses. For example OpenLearn does not provide you with a tutor. Instead you can connect with other learners.

There’s a great range of topics to Health, sports, psychology, education and development history and the arts languages, money and business, nature and environment, science, maths and technology, science, politics and law.