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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 that build into postgraduate qualifications.

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You can apply if you are:

  • domiciled in Scotland (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 have already received an SFC-funded place with us in the past.

How to apply to study for free

We’re releasing a limited number of free, fully funded places in phases throughout 2020 and 2021:

  • Phase One is closed.
  • Phase Two is closed.
  • Phase Three (courses starting in Spring 2021) – coming next year.

Be the first to hear about Phase Three courses

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

Our Phase Three courses will cover a range of subject areas, including Decommissioning, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Psychology and Coaching.

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 Two

To give you an idea of the kind of courses that have been on offer through the scheme, here are the January-start courses we featured in Phase Two.