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Upskill or change career with our free online short courses

Free online courses for anyone employed, unemployed or furloughed in Scotland.

Thanks to the support of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), we’ve been able to offer hundreds of free places on a range of online short courses this past year.

The latest phase of the scheme is now closed.

But we’ll be offering more free SFC-funded places in the next academic year, which begins in September 2021.

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Sign up below and we’ll email you as soon as our next list of free courses is confirmed, so you can be among the first to apply.

Courses you can study for free right now

In the meantime, you might be interested in our online courses that are always free:

Funded courses so far

Over three phases of funding, we’ve helped more than 700 people upskill or reskill with free places on the following part-time online short courses.

What it’s like to study online with us

We’ve been delivering online and distance learning for decades.

We support thousands of online students each year. People join us from all over the world, from all walks to life, to enjoy flexible lifelong learning that works for them.

More about the SFC

The SFC is delivering £6.6 million across Scottish universities this year to upskill Scotland’s workforce. It’s providing this funding to help universities:

  • tackle skills gaps identified in the Scottish economy
  • provide more agile support for employees and employers to upskill and reskill
  • increase flexible learning options so that more people can learn while they work.
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