How to sign up for a FutureLearn course?

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Written by Pat Bowden Last updated on March 21st, 2023

Looking for a listing of FutureLearn courses?

  1. Find the course you are interested in by browsing Class Central’s catalog of FutureLearn’s online courses.
  2. When you find a course that interests you, click on its name to go to Class Central's description, then select the "Go to Class" button to go to the course page on FutureLearn.
  3. On FutureLearn’s page click on the pink Join course button which turns blue when you hover over it. Register using the pop-up provided, or click on the button to sign in via Facebook or Google.
  4. You have free audit access to most courses for the duration of the course. For example, if the course is four weeks, your free access will expire after four weeks, even if the course has already started, or perhaps already finished, when you join. Premium courses and ExpertTracks do not offer free audit.
  5. If you want a certificate, click the link found at the top of every course page to learn the cost to upgrade. Upgrading will also allow you to do tests and exams and give you unlimited access to the course, as long as it is available on FutureLearn. Or, you can join FutureLearn Unlimited to be eligible to earn certificates in almost the entire catalog. Class Central has found some courses that offer a free upgrade and digital certificate. See FutureLearn Courses That Still Offer Free Certificates.

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