Tuesday, 28 April 2015

FutureLearn Choices

Looking to bridge the gap between school and higher education? FutureLearn Choices provides a collection of free online courses designed to do just that – available to anyone around the world. These are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop to fit around your life.

Want to know more? Neil Harvey, Head of Marketing for FutureLearn, has taken some time to share more information about how some of these courses can help you choose the right degree and get ready for university.

What are FutureLearn Choices?
Making your uni and subject choices can be one of the most important decisions you make. To help you with these decisions, we’ve put together a collection of free online courses designed to help with the transition between school and uni.

The courses are provided by top UK unis and can be taken anywhere, anytime on mobile, tablet or PC. They will run for three to eight weeks during June and July to help you make the most of post-exam term time and the start of your summer. You’ll then be prepared for the important decisions you’ll need to make in the new academic year.

Why would I need to take a course? 
Because it’s hard to know what university study will be like and to understand the wealth of different degree subjects available, many of which you won’t have experienced at school – the courses cover a broad range of areas.

Prepare for uni – get an insight into the skills you’ll need to study and work, like:

preparing for uni or developing a research project
numeracy skills required for many subjects
advanced maths that’s needed for science and engineering courses, like calculus or mechanics

Try out new subjects – get a taste of what studying will be like in:

computer science

Or find out what dentists, doctors, historians or environmental scientists really do all day.

How will the courses help with my UCAS application?
Many of our uni partners say that completing a FutureLearn course is evidence that students are interested in the subject and can learn successfully on their own. So, if you take a course through FutureLearn Choices, you can use it to show your enthusiasm for a subject in your personal statement. We also have two courses that will help you with your UCAS application and ace the interview process.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of posts with tips on how to get the most out of FutureLearn Choices – when you’re making decisions about uni, writing applications and attending interviews.

To view all of the FutureLearn Choices courses visit its website.

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