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Resources for people of all ages who want to pursue the study of an area of interest, or who wish to improve their qualifications and employment opportunities.
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BBC Skills Wise English and Maths for Adults

Alison - a New World of Free Certified Learning

ALISON provides over 750 free online diploma and certificate courses in a range of different categories. Here the courses are broken down into nine distinct categories - diploma courses, business and enterprise skills courses, digital literacy and IT skills courses, personal development and soft skills courses, languages, health and safety and compliance courses, health literacy courses, financial and economic literacy courses and courses from various schools’ curricula. This allows users to quickly seewhat kinds of courses are available and helps them pick an area they would like to study. Click on a category of interest and choose from a range of different courses in that area.

  • Alison
    Welcome to ALISON – a five million-strong, global online learning community, filled with free, high-quality online education resources to help you develop essential, certified workplace skills.

    Whether you are seeking a new job, a promotion, a college place or starting a new business, ALISON empowers you to improve your economic and personal circumstances, and through you, that of the community you live in.



Jorum is the UK’s largest repository for discovering and sharing Open Educational Resources for higher and further education and the Skills sector.

With over 16,000 resources, it is often the first port of call for those who teach or have been inspired in the FE and HE and professional skills community to discover and share resources. Jorum is forms part of the Learning, Teaching and Professional Skills team in Mimas, part of the Digital Resources division of Jisc.




Assignment Library

The purpose of this website is to provide a searchable online library of collegiate-level course assignments in a wide variety of academic disciplines that link to one or more proficiencies in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has been working with groups of faculty from various institutions to revise and strengthen assignment alignment to specific proficiencies. The assignments and commentaries here are works in progress, generously shared by faculty members from a wide range of fields and institutional types committed to advancing and documenting student learning. To learn more about the assignment library initiative click here. To see a list of advisors to the project click here.

This library allows you to:

  • Browse assignments
  • Borrow and adapt an assignment to fit your needs
  • Submit an assignment to the library
  • Consult a resource
  • Comment on and ask questions about assignments
  • Start a conversation on your own campus
  • Give us feedback!

Future Learn

Our courses

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.


Teaching Commons - Open access courses from leading univerities

The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.


Developing your research skills

This course from the University of Southampton is geared towards the IB Extended Essay - register interest to be informed of the start date.




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