For high quality free courses sign up to FutureLearn. Looking at what is coming up for example, we have from The University of Leicester a course on Real World Calculus: How Maths Drives Formula One and Launches Angry Birds. The course starts on 9th November for three weeks and requires about 2 hours a week. The course is entirely free; certificates of participation are available to buy (£34 plus delivery for this course) if you would like proof of your learning.
This particular course is one of the FutureLearn Choices series which offer a chance for students to see what studying a subject at university will be like. Several of these courses would also be useful for students already studying at university.
The Preparing for University course (started 28th September so you can join and have a look) includes a video on what lecturers value in their students; I’d say that is what teachers at school value in their students too.
From The University of Reading, A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study strikes me as a useful course for Sixth Form students many of whom take a Level 3 Extended Project qualification as well as students studying in Further Education.
Once you have signed up to a course you can use it at any time, looking at my own profile I realised I had signed up to a course back in 2013 and happily all the materials are there for me to return to at any time I like.
There are many courses to choose from, take a look at all the course categories here. Checking Science, Maths and Technology, I see from The University of Bristol Cracking Mechanics: Further Maths for Engineers and from UNSW Australia – Maths for Humans: Linear, Quadratic & Inverse Relations.
Another interesting category for students is Teaching and Studying. I mentioned the Extended Project above, under this category I discovered a course on just that. Already under way, from The University of Southampton is Developing Your Research Project.
I personally like the flexibility of online courses – I can access them for as long as I want whenever I want. I also like the fact that the courses include quizzes to check learning