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Where and when do courses take place?

All FutureLearn courses happen online at futurelearn.com.

Courses are available from midnight on Mondays (00:00 UTC) on the day shown on the course page. Each week contains several activities built from a sequence of straightforward steps. Each week is given a descriptive name, so you know what to expect. You can move through the weeks at your own pace.

Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material and study at any time you like.  You don’t need to be online at the same time as the lead educator or other students.

After the start date, you will be able to access the course from Your Learning.

How much does it cost to join a course?

It is free to join and study the majority of FutureLearn courses.

If you want you can upgrade your course to get additional benefits, like the ability to qualify for a certificate. You can find more information about this on the course page.

While most courses are offered with an option to learn for free, some premium courses are only offered on a paid-for basis. These courses are designed for professionals looking to advance their careers and learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

Can anyone sign up for a course?

Anyone 13 years or older can study on FutureLearn.

You don’t need formal qualifications to take our courses. You might need specialist equipment or a particular level of understanding of a subject for some courses – we’ll tell you this on the course information page, in the Requirements section.

Can I join a course that has already started?

You can join a course at any point until it ends. We ask our university partners to make as much of their content as possible open and accessible afterwards to learners who are enrolled on the course. (Occasionally we might have to remove some or all course material, but we try to avoid this.)

If you join late, the bulk of the conversations around the course topics might have already taken place and moved on. It’s best to join at the start so you can get involved with discussions and have your questions answered by other learners and course educators.

We encourage learners to complete courses within two to four weeks of the end date. Most courses will run again, so if you feel you’ve missed too much to catch up, click Register Interest on the course information page and we’ll email you when the course is ready to run again.

How many courses can I take?

There is no limit on the number of courses you can take.

 

Can I leave a course?

Yes. You can leave a course you’ve signed up to at Your learning. Here you’ll see an icon with an arrow on each course you’ve joined.

Can I rejoin a course that I previously left?

You can rejoin a course any time until it closes.

After this, you won’t be able to rejoin the run you left, but if it runs again you’ll be able to join the new run.

Can international students participate in courses?

Yes, absolutely.

 

I’m a teacher. Can I use FutureLearn in my school?

Yes, many of our courses are suitable for young people and can be used for free in schools. Students must be aged 13 or over in order to join them.

As a teacher, you can use our courses in two main ways:

1. To help students with university decision making, by giving them a taste of a particular subject or university.

2. To help students complete university applications and develop the study skills they’ll need to transition into higher education.

We also provide several CPD courses aimed at teachers. You can find out more on our page for schools.

Are there any hidden charges?

No. It is free to join and study the majority of FutureLearn courses.
If you want you can upgrade your course to get additional benefits, like the ability to qualify for a certificate. You can find more information about this on the course page.

I am interested in courses on subjects that aren’t yet covered by FutureLearn. Will more courses be available?

FutureLearn’s partners are working on a large number of courses that have not yet been announced. To stay informed, please keep coming back to our website, or follow us on social media.

Where possible we take learner suggestions into account when deciding what courses to create next. You can suggest courses you would like FutureLearn to run by using the support icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen when logged into FutureLearn.

  • Click the support button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
  • Click ‘Help us decide what to add next’
  • Type in your idea and click ‘Next’
  • We’ll suggest some ideas we think might be related. If one suits, click on it!
  • If not, click ‘Skip and post idea’ and follow the instructions.

Will you be providing courses in other languages?

We want to introduce more languages in lots of ways, from video subtitling to whole courses.

Right now we’re concentrating on English, especially as we test new features on the site. We also want the community to have a shared language, so we ask that learners only post in English (apart from on language courses).