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130 FutureLearn Courses That Still Offer 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 1,150 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 130 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 soil science to social media.

These courses can be divided into two categories:

  1. Free for everyone: 25 courses. Anyone in the world can take these courses and get a free digital upgrade. They come from private companies like Accenture, public institutions like the British Council, and respected universities like King’s College London.
  2. Study Uk courses: 105 courses from 30 UK universities available in 143 non-OECD countries. In a promotion that runs until 31st January 2020, a total of 50,000 free upgrades will be available, capped at one per learner.

25 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:

Free Digital Upgrade via Study UK Courses

As part of the Study UK campaign, the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign have partnered with FutureLearn, to give people in 143 non-OECD countries to free courses from UK universities.

Find the full list below:


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    95% of them are not free so the list needs a major update

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      Agreed Ally, I went through lots of them they are not free.

  2. Dhawal Shah

    Dhawal Shah

    For courses part of Study UK, they only offer a free digital upgrade for learners from non-OECD countries.

    Also, if you are logged in you see this message (which is not shown to logged-out learners):
    “Join this course for free and you may be able to get a free digital upgrade”


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