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Free certificates for 15,000 online learners

FutureLearn's partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign aims to reward online learners

Posted by Hannah Vickers | February 05, 2017 | Higher education

The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign is partnering with FutureLearn, the UK’s social learning platform, to offer free Certificates of Achievement for eligible students completing online courses from UK universities on the FutureLearn platform.

As part of the Study UK: Discover You campaign, delivered by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign, the partnership will give people in more than 35 ODA countries the chance to celebrate their learning with a free Certificate of Achievement – for the first to 15,000 eligible learners to complete a course. (Full list of eligible ODA countries can be found below).

Learners must start an eligible course before the end of March 2017 and complete the course to a satisfactory standard for the chance to earn a free certificate.

From courses such as ‘Social Enterprise: Turning ideas into Action’ from Middlesex University Business School to SOAS University of London’s ‘Understanding Public Financial Management: How Is Your Money Spent?’, learners can choose from a range of over 150 courses.

Rob Lynes, British Council Director UK said "UK higher education is a proven pathway to a better life and enhanced career prospects. We hope that the wide-ranging choice of online courses and the free Certificate of Achievement will encourage people to try a free online course from a UK Institution.

By providing such an excellent opportunity, giving students a taster of UK higher education, we are promoting and reinforcing the UK’s place in the world."

We truly believe that education can change people’s lives and we’re dedicated to widening access to it on a global scale - Simon Nelson, Futurelearn CEO

Simon Nelson, Futurelearn CEO said "We truly believe that education can change people’s lives and we’re dedicated to widening access to it on a global scale. We’re very proud to be part of this work with the British Council and be a part of the GREAT Britain campaign to drive open access to education to the furthest corners of the world."

He continued, "Britain has always been a leader in global education and for our UK university partners, this Study UK campaign offers a fantastic opportunity for their courses to be promoted to huge markets such as China, India and Malaysia, as well as places as far afield as Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen. We believe the project will significantly extend the reach of education into new territories."

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the free certificates learners must reside in the listed ODA countries while taking online courses before 31 March, 2017. The eligible courses are from United Kingdom higher education Institutions only.

To gain a certificate, the courses must be completed to a satisfactory standard - 90% steps completed and all a 70% or above test mark, where applicable.

A learner can earn more than one certificate during the campaign period, however we will encourage Learners to share the offer around so their friends can benefit too. 

Visit their website for a full list of courses available. 

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