Skills based courses

Open University

The Open University has a wide range of free courses available, many of which may be of interest to students in Years 10 and 11 in particular as they prepare for the next stage of their academic journeys. You are not required to create an account to be able to access and complete these courses, and each course has an accompanying work-pack which can be downloaded for free. There are three levels offered (introductory, intermediate and advanced) across a range of subjects including maths, languages and sport.

The Skills Toolkit

The National Careers Service have a number of online courses available, provided with support from the Government:

As part of the Government’s ‘Skills Toolkit’, Learn My Way are currently providing a number of free online courses designed to help students develop their digital skill set in a time where more and more of our daily activities take place online. Topics covered include online safety, using Microsoft Office programmes and managing money online.

 Touch Typing

This website provides around 650 games and activities to help teach and develop touch typing skills.

 British Sign-Language Course

This course teaches to basics of sign language. It is usually a paid for course but, at the moment, it is being offered for ‘whatever price you feel you are able to afford during this difficult time’. Completion of the course results in the awarding of a certificate and you will have access to the course materials for a full year from the date of enrolment.

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