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.

FutureLearn Course Categories

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**.

**You can find out more about FutureLearn here**.

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

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