If you’re studying through distance learning, then your studies may not have been affected too much by the lockdown. But you might be looking for something extra to broaden your knowledge and skills. From free Harvard courses to career guidance sites, here are our top picks for ways to continue improving yourself.

1. Free courses from Harvard!

Harvard University is known as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. And, believe it or not, you have the opportunity to study with them! Harvard offers a number of free online courses (58 at the last count), covering a wide range of subjects. Ranging in length from between 1 week and 13 weeks, the courses include everything from computer programming, to religion, healthcare, literature, communication, human rights, ancient history and education. What better way to complement than your studies than by doing online courses designed by some of the world’s top academics?

2. FutureLearn

FutureLearn offers a vast treasure trove of knowledge to students and professionals alike. The website offers online courses gathered from institutions around the world. You can sign up for the free package, which gives you access to literally hundreds of different short courses. The website’s career advice section is also a brilliant platform. It gives you a more in-depth understanding of what it’s like to work in various fields, while also offering gems of advice in areas such as soft skills and personal development. 

3. Oxford Home Study Centre

Based in the UK, the Oxford Home Study Centre offers a number of free courses that are perfect for students who want to build on what they are already studying. It’s also great for people who want to explore more about a field, without paying anything! The study fields range from business management, to tourism, project management and internet marketing, to name a few.


edX is a platform that offers more than 2000 free online courses from top universities around the world. Courses are available in computer science, language, engineering, business, the humanities and management. They also offer plenty of handy career advice, from helping you to write CVs, to how to be happier at work.

5. The National Career Advice Portal

Run by the Department of Higher Education and Training, this interactive portal gives information on all the study choices available to students, and the careers available to them. Most useful of all is the questionnaire section. Here, you can answer questions about your interests, skills, and values that can help guide your career choices.

6. EduConnect

EduConnect is another great local platform which offers a number of free online courses. The website teaches you about important life skills that you don’t necessarily learn at school, such as preparing for your driver’s license. Other courses give you a good insight into specific careers such as accounting, IT, graphic design and others. You’ll learn about the skills and characteristics that you need to work in a specific career, as well as the paths you can take to get there.

Studying these free courses can be extremely useful for broadening your skills and knowledge. During lockdown, we recommend that you take advantage of these exciting free opportunities!

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