To learn for free, simply select Basic access. You can choose to upgrade later if you wish.
Basic access on FutureLearn is similar to audit access on Coursera. You can take the course without paying, but certificates and some graded items may be unavailable.
Most FutureLearn courses are available for free basic access for the length of the course. This means the course will be locked for you after a limited time unless you pay to upgrade.
Unlimited (Annual Subscription with Full Catalog Access)
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.
It costs $279.99/year. This option is great for life-long learners.
Since late 2012, I have completed more than 150 online courses, mostly for free audit. It would be an expensive hobby to pay for all those certificates. So a subscription that gives access to unlimited certificates sounds interesting to me.
For the second category, these certificates are free for learners from certain countries. Study-UK free upgrade courses are valid till 25 February 2022, and each eligible learner is entitled to one free digital upgrade in total.
What is FutureLearn?
FutureLearn, the UK-based MOOC provider backed by Open University. But in 2019, with a £50M investment, SEEK Group became the joint owner of FutureLearn along with Open University.
Though FutureLearn has completely paid courses, it still offers a number of courses which are Free to Audit or “Basic Access”. In these courses, you don’t get access to graded assignments and certificates.
Also, you can access the contents for a time that is equivalent to the length of the course.
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