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MOOCs for Credit programs on FutureLearn

Earn recognised awards on FutureLearn

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  1. Carolyn
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    As from 26th May 2016, UK-based MOOC platform, FutureLearn, is offering programs of courses allowing students to earn academic credit, professional accreditation and other awards.
    The FutureLearn programs are made up of short open online courses that enable you to learn flexibly and earn recognised awards from leading institutions around the world.
    University credit is awarded on some programs, while others offer accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to studying a topic in depth.
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    Awards are granted to students who complete all the courses in a chosen program; buy a Certificate of Achievement for each course, and, on some programs, pass a final assessment.

    How it works
    The program courses are offered in the same way as standard FutureLearn courses: you can enrol in each of the courses for free and opt to buy the Certificates of Achievement once you’ve completed them. To be eligible to buy a Certificate of Achievement for a course, you will need to complete 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on all tests within it.
    On programs with a final assessment course, you are only required to pay for it once you have completed all of the courses in the program. If you join a single course that is part of a program, you can always join the program later if you wish.

    Credits
    The university credits awarded on some of the programs can represent a recognised award on their own, but they can also be a pathway into the degrees offered by the universities, and may also be recognised by other institutions.

    Programs
    FutureLearn currently have 16 programs open for enrolment.

    For academic credit

    Environmental Challenges by the University of Leeds
    Explore how people and nature interact, and the challenging and difficult decisions we face when managing natural resources.

    • Institution: University of Leeds
    • Nº courses: 5
    • Final Assessment course: Yes
    • Course length: 10 weeks of learning, + 3 weeks of assessment
    • Accreditation: 10 UK credits
    • Total cost: £545.00 + shipping
    The Digital Economy by the Open University
    Get to grips with new technologies and understand the impact they could have on your operations, sales and long-term success.

    • Institution: Open University
    • Nº courses: 4
    • Final Assessment course: Yes
    • Course length: 16 weeks of learning, + 10 weeks of assessment
    • Accreditation: 15 UK credits (towards The Open University Business School’s flexible MBA by passing a linked Open University assessment course requiring separate OU registration and fee)
    • Total cost: £735.00 + shipping
    Business and Finance Fundamentals by the Open University
    From communicating with customers to managing projects with success, creating financial plans to weighing up investment options, you’ll gain an awareness of a wide range of business and finance areas, which will boost your effectiveness at work today and your long-term employability tomorrow.

    • Institution: Open University
    • Nº courses: 8
    • Final Assessment course: Yes
    • Course length: 32 weeks of learning, + 22 weeks of assessment
    • Accreditation: 30 UK credits (towards The Open University Business School’s BA in Business Management by passing a linked Open University assessment course requiring separate OU registration and fee).
    • Total cost: £1,091.00 + shipping
    Management and Leadership by the Open University
    Earn a CMI Level 5 Award - the first step to Chartered Manager status, the highest status you can achieve in the management profession.

    • Institution: Open University
    • Nº courses: 2
    • Final Assessment course: Yes
    • Course length: 8 weeks of learning, + 12 weeks of assessment
    • Accreditation: CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership
    • Total cost: £368.00 + shipping

    For professional development

    Online Business Success by RMIT University
    This Online Business Success program will help you take your business from ideation to implementation, focusing on planning, positioning, pricing and digital marketing.

    • Institution: RMIT University
    • Nº courses: 4
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 17 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £236.00 + shipping
    Genomics in Healthcare by St George's, University of London
    Designed for scientists and healthcare professionals at a postgraduate level, the Genomics in Healthcare program explores the range of techniques used to interrogate the human genome.

    • Institution: St George's, University of London
    • Nº courses: 3
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 10 weeks
    • Accreditation: teaching component of module 1 of the PGCert in Interpretation and Clinical Application of Genomic Data (PGCert ICAG) from St George’s + FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £237.00 + shipping
    Big Data Analytics by Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
    The Big Data Analytics program comprises four online courses that each look at a different element of big data.
    • Institution: Queensland University of Technology
    • Nº courses: 4
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 8 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £156.00 + shipping
    Good Brain, Bad Brain by the University of Birmingham
    This program of three online courses introduces the key concepts of the human brain, before exploring the effects that Parkinson’s disease and drugs have on it.
    • Institution: University of Birmingham
    • Nº courses: 3
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 8 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £177.00 + shipping
    STEM Teaching by the National STEM Learning Centre
    Master different elements of STEM teaching - Assessment for Learning, Differentiating for Learning and Managing Behaviour for Learning.
    The STEM Teaching program is a suite of high-impact professional development courses designed for current or trainee STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges.
    • Institution: National STEM Learning Centre
    • Nº courses: 3
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 16 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD)
    • Total cost: £177.00 + shipping
    Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching by the British Council
    Understand and plan your own professional development needs as an English language teacher, and share their experience with other teachers around the world.
    • Institution: British Council
    • Nº courses: 3
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 12 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £177.00 + shipping
    Business Fundamentals by the Open University
    Gain valuable business skills to boost your employability and effectiveness at work today and your long-term employability tomorrow.
    • Institution: Open University
    • Nº courses: 4
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 16 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £196.00 + shipping
    Finance Fundamentals by the Open University
    Develop your understanding of financial planning, budgeting, borrowing and investments, helping you get your own finances in shape and understand financial management principles that you can use at work.
    • Institution: Open University
    • Nº courses: 4
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 16 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £196.00 + shipping
    Social Enterprise by Middlesex University Business School
    Understand what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise. You will find out how to design your social enterprise model and bring it to market, and explore how to scale or sustain your social enterprise over the long term.
    • Institution: Middlesex University Business School
    • Nº courses: 3
    • Final Assessment course: No
    • Course length: 9 weeks
    • Accreditation: FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study
    • Total cost: £147.00 + shipping

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