How much do FutureLearn courses cost?

Written by Pat Bowden Last updated on January 13th, 2020

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Most FutureLearn courses are available to audit for free (access course materials including videos, readings, and discussions) but certificates are not available without paying. Class Central has, however, found some courses that offer a free upgrade and digital certificate. See 130 FutureLearn Courses That Still Offer Free Certificates.


Some FutureLearn courses are available on a paid-only basis. These are indicated by a small green $ symbol on the Class Central information page. They are generally specialist courses for professionals already working in the field who want further education in specific topics.


Costs of courses vary, but are generally far cheaper than courses taken directly through universities. Click on Upgrade to find out the cost of the course. The cost may be in British Pounds or your local currency, so you may need to check exchange rates. You can pay for the course at any time: before starting, during the course, or after finishing. Remember to complete any tests or exams that are only available after purchasing the course.


You can request a refund within 14 days, as long as you have not attempted any tests or received a certificate in that time.


FutureLearn Unlimited gives you access to almost the entire FutureLearn catalogue for 12 months, including digital certificates of achievement and extended access for any courses you pass.

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