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Introducing FutureLearn Choices: a collection of free courses to bridge the gap between school and university

Neil Harvey, our Head of Marketing, introduces FutureLearn Choices – a collection of free online courses to bridge the gap between school and higher education, and help 16 to 19 year olds choose the right degree, uni or career.

The FutureLearn Choices

Making your A-level, university or career choices can be one of the most important times of your life. These choices, and the application and interview processes that follow, can be daunting. But you’re not alone – according to the Office for National Statistics, there are around 3 million 16 to 19 year olds in the UK alone, who are making the same tough choices.

Introducing FutureLearn Choices

To help you with these decisions, today we’ve introduced FutureLearn Choices – a collection of free online courses designed to bridge the gap between school and university.

The courses are provided by many top UK universities, run for three to eight weeks during June and July, and can be taken anywhere, anytime on mobile, tablet or PC.

They’re designed to help you make the most of post-exam term time and the start of your summer holidays, so that you’re prepared for and relaxed about the important decisions you’ll need to make in the new academic year.

Try out new subjects and get ready for uni

Because it’s hard to know what university study will be like and understand the wealth of different degree subjects available, many of which you won’t have experienced at school, the courses cover a broad range of areas.

You could use them to:

Strengthen your UCAS application

Many of our university partners say that completing a FutureLearn course is evidence that applicants are interested in the subject and can learn successfully on their own.

So, if you take a course through FutureLearn Choices, you can use it to show your enthusiasm for a subject in your UCAS personal statement. We also have two courses that will help you write a stand-out UCAS application and ace the interview process.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of posts with tips on how to get the most out of FutureLearn Choices – when you’re making decisions about uni, writing applications and attending interviews.

In the meantime, you can see all of the FutureLearn Choices courses at And if you know any 16 to 19 year olds, or their teachers or parents, please do share the courses with them.

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Comments (14)


  • Nathaniel Grant

    Why are your certificates so expensive? I mean £35 come on…

  • Jeannette Berndsen

    You see that more people of a certain age still are curious and eager to learn. In my life I never had an opportunity to do this, and because it is very expensive, it will never happen unfortunately. I am so happy to do these courses. I almost finished the second, and the third is waiting…….and also the fourth. Luke, I finish them all in a third of the time… far. Even if it would take me longer, I would do this. My problem is that they stop at a given moment, just when I am warmed up. Is there a University who will pick up on us older people who still would love to gain knowledge? I love you all, people involved. Thank you!!

  • Eileen girling

    I have just joined your course Soils. I have also applied to join your course The genomics era but because I was using the same email address but with a different password It would not let me. Please can u advise me what to do about this problem. thank you. Eileen Girling x

  • Eileen girling

    I am a lady 74 yrs old who has always had a deep interest in the natural sciences and love learning more about the world in which we live. am I too old to join one or perhaps two of your free courses and do you offer these courses every year for free? Thank you. Eileen x

    • The FutureLearn Team

      Hi Eileen,
      Thanks for your comment. Although the courses are aimed at young adults, they are open to anyone. So, yes, you can join one or as many of our courses as you like. Most courses run a couple of time each year.

      • Eileen girling

        thank you for your reply Luke. Just one more question before I commit please. Thinking of doing the soil one at 3 hours weekly. Are the 3 hours together and at a specific time arranged by you or at my own convenience. thank you

        • Eileen girling

          Just joined your soil science course with this email add.

          I also attempted to join your course The genomics era with this same email address. But with a different password. but I was refused because I was using the same email address. Please could you advise me what to do as a friend who is doing 3 courses is using the same email address for all three courses she tells me. help please. Thank x

          • The FutureLearn Team

            Hi Eileen,
            If you sign in to using that email address and the password you used for Soils, you can then join as many courses as you like, using the same email address and password.

        • The FutureLearn Team

          Hello again Eileen,
          The 3 hours per week is just a guide – you can spend more or less if you wish, at a time that’s convenient for you.

          • Geoff Wallis

            Hi Eileen.
            I’m 75 and have been working on Future Learn MOOCs since the beginning of this year. Great experiences and age has not been a problem. To get the most benefit from a course, multiple the number of hours by, say, three. Then one can take whatever time needed for maximum enjoyment.
            Good Luck,

  • Asghar

    I like the ways to present all your course. It is awsoem. Please may provide guide lines to me. How to enroll your your free courses and regular coupes means full-time courses. I hope you Will guide me step by step. Thank you.

  • jonathan Vernon

    Is there anything sports related in the pipeline? Sports Science from the University of Loughborough or the University of Brighton, for example … with the backing and input of a national sports body such as the Amateur Swimming Association?