Free Online Courses

We run free online courses in partnership with FutureLearn. These are sometimes referred to as 'MOOCs', or massive open online courses. You can register online to join any of the courses listed below - you just need access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone to learn with us.

Our courses re-run at regular intervals, and we are developing new courses, so if you don't find what you want, please keep an eye on this page.

Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities.

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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching

Gain practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages, with this free online course.

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Lancaster Castle and Northern English History: The View from the Stronghold

We will use the iconic building of Lancaster Castle to investigate how 2000 years of history has shaped the north-west of England.

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Improving Palliative Care in Care Homes for Older People

Learn about palliative care in care homes and how it can be improved using the PACE Steps to Success programme.

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Influenza: How the Flu Spreads and Evolves

Learn about the history of influenza, and the annual cycle that brings seasonal flu to our shores every winter.  Also covered, is how avian and pig flus can contribute to the emergence of new pandemic strains of flu, modern laboratory diagnostics and vaccination.

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Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet

Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course.

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Wordsworth: Poetry, people and place

We will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth with particular emphasis on his writing process and the importance for him of the inspirational landscape of the Lake District.

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Introduction to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

Discover Extended Reality (XR) and learn how the power of this technology is being harnessed in a variety of industries.

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Introduction to Physical Computing

Explore how microcontrollers are changing our everyday lives and why the future of tech innovation lies in physical computing.

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Penshurst Place and the Sidney Family of Writers

Uncover the literary history of Penshurst Place, the 16th-century home of the Sidney family of writers and poets.

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