Free online courses for Scotland

Free online short courses to help you upskill or reskill.

Thanks to the support of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Scottish Government, we’re able to offer a limited number of funded places on a range of online short courses this year. 

These courses have been chosen because they: 

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

You can use them to study with experts, enhance your CV, and gain credits towards postgraduate qualifications. 

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You can apply if you are:

  • domiciled in Scotland (Scotland is your primary place of residence).

This year, you’re welcome to apply even if you’ve received a funded place before.

You cannot apply if you’ll be in education when your funded course starts.

We’re releasing government-funded course places in phases throughout 2021 and 2022: 

  • Phase One is closed.
  • Phase Two is closed.
  • Phase Three will feature courses starting in spring 2022.

Courses you can study for free right now

In the meantime, you might be interested in these start-anytime online short courses that are always free:

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 of life, to enjoy flexible lifelong learning that works for them.

More about the SFC

The SFC and Scottish Government are providing millions of pounds across Scottish universities and regions this academic 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
  • fund individuals made unemployed, facing unemployment, or whose jobs are at risk as a result of Covid-19 and/or Brexit
  • support sectors that have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and, through upskilling and reskilling interventions, move workers into growing sectors
  • support the transition to net-zero by enabling more people to access opportunities in the emerging green jobs sector
  • increase the number of people with advanced digital skills
  • provide flexible learning options so that more people can learn while they work.
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