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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’re able to offer a limited number of free places on a range of online short courses in 2020 and 2021.

These courses have been selected because they:

  • meet known skills gaps in the Scottish economy
  • can help you upskill to progress in your career, or reskill to change career
  • are short, flexible and fit around full-time work.

You can use these online courses to study with experts, enhance your CV, and gain credits you can build towards postgraduate qualifications.

You can apply if you are:

  • domiciled in Scotland.
  • This means Scotland is your primary place of residence.

You cannot apply if you’re a current student or member of staff at the University of Aberdeen, or if you already received an SFC-funded place with us in 2019/20.

How to apply to study for free

We’re releasing free places in phases throughout 2020 and 2021:

  • Phase One is now closed.
  • Phase Two (courses starting from January 2021) – opens in November 2020.

Once courses are announced, you can apply online via a simple application form.

Be the first to hear about Phase Two courses

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

What can you study in Phase Two

We’ll be releasing a range of online courses in areas including:

  • Leadership
  • Energy transition
  • Nutrition, health and wellbeing
  • and covering other in-demand skills in Scotland.

All the courses will be 100% online and part-time, so they fit around full-time work.

Each course is credit-bearing and you’ll receive a digital certificate upon completion.

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.

Courses featured in Phase One

To give you an idea of the kind of courses that will be on offer through the scheme, here are the September-start courses we featured in Phase One.