How to earn a FutureLearn certificate?

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Written by Pat Bowden Last updated on February 26th, 2021

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Class Central has found some courses that offer a free upgrade and digital certificate. See 130 FutureLearn Courses That Still Offer Free Certificates.


For many other FutureLearn courses, you need to select Upgrade or FutureLearn Unlimited and pay the amount displayed. Payment methods include Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. You also need to mark at least 90% of the course pages as completed and earn 70% or more in any course tests and/or exams that are only available to students who have paid. You can upgrade before, during, or after a course. You may even be able to upgrade after your original access to the course has finished. Be sure to complete tests or exams after upgrading to be eligible for the certificate. You may only be allowed one or two attempts at test and exam questions, so be sure to know the work well before answering the questions.


Premium courses and ExpertTracks offer certificates, but no free audit option. There may be a free trial or money-back period.

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