We have done all the hard work and found some of the best websites around. These will help you learn online for free and get the support you need to keep going.
With the spread of Covid 19 around the UK and much of the world it can be understandably stressful if you cannot access online services. For example:
- finding up to date accurate news or health information
- being able to buy essential items online
We have put together a series of guides with links to trusted websites and trusted places to learn. We hope that these resources will be useful and help you to improve and learn new digital skills.
Whether you're starting a new project or looking for ways to get your life organised, good planning can make all the difference. There are a number of resources, some with video content on the 'Make It Click' website. These will help you learn how to plan using the latest apps and tools.
Online courses for beginners
Learn My Way
Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world
GCF Learn Free
For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world. They have learnt the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more. GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics. This includes more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free
Award-winning range of 400+ how-to guides. These cover a whole host of digital topics. Written by subject matter experts and updated daily. The guides are perfect for supporting others with digital skills or improving your own knowledge.
Learning for work
You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.
FutureLearn offers you a powerful new way to learn online. Every course has been designed according to principles of effective learning. This is done through storytelling, discussion, visible learning, and using community support to celebrate progress.
Vision 2 Learn
Vision2learn offer a broad and exciting range of free online courses which are funded by the UK Government, nationally accredited and delivered in partnership with a further education college.
Studying with vision2learn is a flexible and convenient way to update your skills and boost your CV and every year thousands of people like you gain new qualifications online with us which has helped them find a new job or progress in their current one.
If you are 19 years old or over, a UK or EU resident of at least three years, then you can study our selection of courses for free.
Make It Click
Build your digital skills. Make It Click features free courses, tools and templates that you can trust. You can learn new apps, improve the skills you already have and take a positive step forward in your work.
The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an international programme. It helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.
Find a course and change your life. Browse more than 45,000 courses and find your inspiration. Make your CV stand out with a professional qualification.
The Skills Toolkit
Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing. You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills.
Using and staying safe on your computer
AbilityNet exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education. We provide factsheets, blogs, webinars and videos about the many ways that technology can help people with disabilities. My Computer My Way is our unique guide to the many adjustments that make your computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone easier to use
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
Barclays Digital Safe Quiz
Would you recognise a fake caller, spot a phishing email or know when a fraudster is trying to take control of your computer? Take our interactive challenge to find out.