You need to be able to show you are looking to develop yourself, but if you weren’t, why would you want to do the course?
The funding for these changes periodically, but during COVID there is lots of funded education being offered. If you find these courses are no longer funded when you follow the link- use the Gov. Uk Careers service to find another free one!
BBC Academic Writing
Activate your academic writing skills
Do you want to know all about writing in academic contexts? Get it right with your academic writing on the BBC Go The Distance course.
Try out their Academic Writing activities – we’ll be your guide to the English language skills you need for further education. Topics include: academic vocabulary; essay structure; writing in online discussion forums; the language of academic argument and more.
You can access the page HERE
Want to do even more?
Education for Health
Mainly based around Primary care settings, the free resources change every now and then, so it’s worth checking back periodally if you don’t see anything you like.
Current free offerings (March 2021):
Future Learn – Free (limited access)Train the Healthcare Trainer
This informative, five-week course is based on the latest research into how adults learn. Aimed at those new to training or existing trainers who wish to update their skills, the course will also be of benefit those who design and moderate online learning.
Learn how to deliver healthcare training using evidence-based teaching methods, and progress towards becoming an expert trainer.
The course offers evidence-based methods and techniques that participants can use to ensure learning genuinely takes place and is transferred to practice.
This course is suited to anyone employed in the healthcare sector who has training as all or part of their role.
Free upgrade for UK NHS staff
Click here for more details on the course
IT Skills for Staff
The Digital Learning Solutions platform provides customisable IT training for all staff on Microsoft Office products, from basic through to advanced.
The platform has been developed to provide an officially recognised route of learning and certification for the whole workforce and provides certificates for each course complete.
All training is free and provided by the NHS for NHS staff
Click here or the image to go to the site & register – (it may take a couple of days for your registration to be approved in really busy times)
Open Access Toolkit – Skills@Cumbria & MyCumbria
Full info page here: Open Access Learning Toolkit
These 2 resources are open access – meaning you don’t have to be studying at Cumbria to make use of them.
The resources are free & open access to all & cover topics such as:
- Finding information
- Reading & notetaking
- Writing at University
- Dissertations & Research projects
- Referencing, plagiarism & tutnitin
- Being critical
- Digital Skills
- Head-start study skills course
*Please Note – The cut-off date for openly accessing the ‘Head Start’ Courses is Wednesday 30th June. After this date, you will no longer be able to access these courses unless you are a UoC student holding a UoC Blackboard Learning Management System Login.*
You can continue to access the ‘Head Start’ courses by visiting https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/hs2pg. Please be aware that this version will not be offering any badges or certification.
Open University – Free Courses
These OpenLearn courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.
You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.
What are the advantages?
OpenLearn free courses are available immediately
Our courses do not have a start and end date. You can start right away or at a time that suits you.
You can work through at your own pace
You can spend as long as you like on an OpenLearn course, plus, if you sign up you can track your progress and work towards a statement of participation.
There are around 1000 courses to choose from
The courses always focus on a specific area of learning. Some focus on important and fascinating academic subjects, whilst others help you develop skills needed for study or work.
You can try out what’s on offer from The Open University
If you’re interested in taking an Open University course but are not sure what to study or if distance learning is right for you, then OpenLearn lets you get a feel for what’s on offer.
UK Gov. Careers Services – Funded Courses & Functional Skills
Full info page here: Careers Services
The UK Gov. has collated lots of organisations who offer free online learning in a range of subjects and levels. You can explore providers, the subjects they offer and the levels available before choosing.
- English courses
- Maths courses
- Digital and IT courses
- Business and finance courses
- Health and social care courses
- Personal development and lifestyle courses
As well as online only providers, you might also find courses with:
- state funded colleges and training organisations
- universities – you can search UCAS to find these
- large employers in a range of sectors like finance, IT, business and engineering
Courses offered by state funded universities and colleges are inspected and approved by the government. Private companies offering online learning are not, so you’ll need to check to make sure that courses are of good quality.
The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council’s guide may help you to find good quality online courses.
Writing Skills – Homophones
Are You Talking Aloud? Or Is Talking Allowed? Watch What You Write, to Make Sure it’s Right
Words that look the same and/or sound the same can easily be confused. For example, if you invite people over and tell them to bring their palates/palettes, they won’t know whether they should expect to be drinking wine or painting!
Here is a short blog that may be helpful to improve you English language skills, whether it be for academic writing, if English is your second language, (or both- hats off to you if so!), or just if like me you spent a lot of time staring out the window at school!