How to learn amazing things for free!

Did you know that you can gain lots of knowledge and skills for free?

How to self learn

There are a number of websites which provide free courses which are often referred to as ‘Massive Online Open Courses’, or MOOCS. These MOOCS provide training on a range of subjects from computer coding, to finance and engineering. You can also find free sites that can help you revise for your GCSE's or A-levels. Take a look at some of the following examples to find out more.

Digital Garage

Google Digital Garage

You can kickstart your career in digital with an impressive certification from Google. Google’s free online courses will guide you through everything from search engines, to social media and beyond. A certification is a great way to make your CV shine. It shows you’ve got genuine digital skills, and that you are motivated to learn: two essential qualities in today’s business world: learndigital.withgoogle.com

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Open Learn

Open Learn aims to break the barriers of education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free! These are free online courses from the Open University: www.open.edu/openlearn/

Future learn

Future Learn

Futurelearn offers 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. They cover subjects such as business management, health and psychology, languages, law, computer science and more: www.futurelearn.com


Essex Libraries

Essex libraries

You can borrow books on a range of learning topics, from arts and craft to business management. 

If you’re already following a formal course search the library catalogue to see if we have the background reading and information you need.


You can access a wide range of free online courses with your library card.

Choose the right course for you by creating an account or logging in to one of the providers below.

General courses covering a range of subjects

Universal Class

Over 400 free online courses from business skills to alternative therapies.


Another great way to learn is by accessing free videos on sites such as www.youtube.com. Available content is extremely diverse and covers virtually any topic you can think of. We even have some of our own learning content on our own YouTube channel, including videos on UX Design and Digital Strategy.

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