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50+ FutureLearn Courses That Still Offer Free Certificates

Future Learn Free Certificates

Ah, the good old days! Back when Class Central started covering massive open online courses (MOOCs), all course certificates were free. Then, one by one, the major MOOC platforms began offering paid upgrades to verified certificates, then all but stopped giving out free certificates.

This isn’t to say that there isn’t still great content available for free. In fact, Class Central lists more than 1,400 Coursera courses that are still completely free. We’ve also catalogued close to 400 courses you can take for free which are available through various course providers. These are essentially the same courses as those offered for credit in online degree programs.

As it turns out, there are even a few courses in which you can still earn a free certificate. While trying to collect pricing data for FutureLearn courses, I discovered 50+ courses on the FutureLearn platform that offer a free “digital upgrade”, which includes unlimited access to the course, quizzes, and a digital Certificate of Achievement upon completion. These courses span a wide range of topics, from bacterial genomics to social media.

50+ Courses with Free Digital Upgrade for Everyone

These courses offer free digital upgrade to learners from all around the world. Find the whole list below:



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    jessika lisboa

    hey there. its not quite clear on where to go or what to do to get the free digital upgrade for the futurelearn courses… you only have to enroll and then wait or there is something else needed? like on coursera you have to enroll and go to the buying pages of the specific courses to get the free certificates…

    • Suparn Patra

      Suparn Patra

      You need to enrol in the course and finish the course in order to get a free certificate. All your certificates would be available at https://www.futurelearn.com/your-achievements (you need to be logged in)

      For many courses, you may also need to give the online exam and secure passing marks criteria (if any). There exist courses which don’t have any compulsory exam. You get the certificate as soon as you finish the modules.

      In every module, there is a “Mark as Complete” button in the down-right corner. You need to click that too after you see lecture videos or read the given text.

      So far I’ve completed two courses from the list and got free certificates.

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        Hi, Suparn,

        How do I understand which course at future learn is free?

        One more thing, If I complete the course at future learn with all necessary criteria of completion, But i don’t upgrade or buy unlimited facility, what do i get at the end?

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    SeshaMallika Dasika

    I am a middle school mathematics teacher for past seven years, I would like to enhance my carrer in Mathematics. Kindly suggest any suitable course for the same.

    My Education qualification – BSc & BEd.

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    Long long after registration can we have access to these courses?

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    Muhammad Faizan Ahmed

    I’ve completed the course but couldn’t get free certificate. How can I get.?

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    Jay Kinskov

    Hi Suparn,

    Thanks for the great article on 50+ FutureLearn courses.

    Until when is the promotion for free certificates valid?

    Do I have to enroll before a certain deadline or do I have to finish before a certain deadline to get the free certificate?

    I tried to find this information online but couldn’t find it.



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