In this changing world, educating ourselves on different skills and training has become something we need to do at home. So I’ve compiled a few sites together in this blog post.
The BBC have provided learning through their television programs for many years and with the advent of the Internet have been offering short courses for children through their Bitesize learning platform.
The BBC have broken down learning into four stages:
- Primary – for 5-11 year olds
- Key Stage 3 – for 11-14 year olds
- GCSE – for 14-16 year olds
- Post 16 – for 16+
The BBC bitesize website can be found at bbc.co.uk
The Open University (OU) has been providing distance learning courses since 1969 when it used the old TV studios and editing facilities of the BBC after they vacated.
They offer free courses through Open Learn and paid university courses. Each course gives a number of credits that you gain towards a degree.
Open Learning College
The Open Learning College provides home study courses for GCSE & A level, as well as childcare, health & social care and teaching. Enrolment on some courses starts from just £30 with the full cost of courses shown (for example GCSE Mathematics costs £275 when paid in full or instalments, it will cost £300)
FutureLearn offer a variety of different packages, with some courses available through their Unlimited package, whilst others are Premium. They also offer access to degree courses through leading universities.
There are business and healthcare packages available on their site.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly called Lynda.com) provides courses through the LinkedIn website. Once you pay for premium membership, you get access to all their courses included in the subscription, or you can buy the courses individually.