Below are the Online Learning Resources related to learning support. If you see anything you feel is missing from this page, or if you spot a typo or a broken link, please Contact Us

Babington – Functional Skills – English & Maths

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Babington is just one provider offering funded Functional Skills in English and Maths

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?

Find out about other areas of BBC Go The Distance course:

Education for Health

Education for Health is a private education provider. Mainly providing paid for education, they also provide some free e-learning opportunities.

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

A free upgrade for this course is available for NHS staff by registering here. This upgrade is also available free to NHS-affiliated staff. Check eligibility here.

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.

  • MyCumbria – The resource page, specifically for Paramedics, includes academic skills tools, library access, links to other learning resources.
  • Skills@Cumbria – Has the links to study skills and other resources for supporting the completion of the portfolio, reflection and academic writing.

The resources are free & open access to all & cover topics such as:

  • Finding information
  • Reading & notetaking
  • Writing at University
  • Presentations
  • reflection
  • 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 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

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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.

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!

Click here for the Homophones art website by Bruce Warden
Click here to go to the blog post