Guide MOOCs to prepare you for College or Uni

A collection of MOOCs tailored for young people preparing for university-level study.

  • Overview
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    MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online courses put together by top universities and are a great way for students to get a taste of what it would be like to study a certain subject at college or university. Including MOOCs in your application is also a great way to show your enthusiasm and interest in a subject, making you stand out from the crowd. Those extra skills will give you the confidence you need to make an impression in interviews and set you off to a flying start.

    Benefits of taking MOOCs
    • Can help bridge the gap between school and college or uni
    • Further your education
    • A cheap and easy way to explore a possible degree course
    • Gives you an idea of the level of work required
    • Fill any subject gaps
    • Get added experience in a specific subject
    • Improve your application and make you stand out

    MoocLab has curated a collection of MOOCs tailored for young people preparing for university-level study.

    Select a category:

    Preparing for College or University
    Social Sciences
    Computer Science
    Humanities
    Maths & Logic
    Business & Marketing
    Sciences
    Engineering
    Other Courses


    Preparing for College or University


    HOW TO SUCCEED AT: WRITING APPLICATIONS
    FutureLearn,THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
    This free three week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.

    • 3 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    HOW TO SUCCEED AT: INTERVIEWS
    FutureLearn, THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
    This free three week course provides the tools you need to succeed at interviews and land your dream job or course place.

    • 3 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY
    FutureLearn, UEA (UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA)
    This course will help develop the key skills required for a smooth transition to University.

    • 6 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: VALUES, SKILLS, ACTION
    FutureLearn, THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
    This course will explore academic integrity and how you can demonstrate it in your work, study and research at university.

    • 4 weeks
    • 1 hour pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    DEVELOPING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
    Undertaking an Extended Project Qualification, IB extended essay or any other scholarly research? This guides you step-by-step.

    • 8 weeks
    • 1 hour pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO WRITING IN ENGLISH FOR UNIVERSITY STUDY
    FutureLearn,UNIVERSITY OF READING
    Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.

    • 5 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects
    Coursera, University of California, San Diego
    This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines.

    • 4 weeks
    • 3-4 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
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    Social Sciences


    FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: WITNESS INVESTIGATION
    FutureLearn, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
    Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.

    • 8 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More

    DIGITAL STORYTELLING: FILMMAKING FOR THE WEB
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
    Combine theory and practice to tell powerful stories through film online. Unleash your potential in this free online course.

    • 4 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More

    Computer Science

    CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science
    edX, Harvard University
    An introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for students with or without prior programming experience.

    • Self-paced
    • 9 problem sets (10 to 20 hours each), 1 final project
    • Certificates
    • More
    The Beauty and Joy of Computing (CS Principles), Part 1
    edX, UC BerkeleyX
    The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is a computer science principles course developed at the University of California, Berkeley, intended to broaden participation in computing to non-traditional groups.

    • 7 weeks
    • Certificates
    • More
    INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY
    FutureLearn, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
    Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

    • 8 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    BEGIN PROGRAMMING: BUILD YOUR FIRST MOBILE GAME
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF READING
    Learn basic Java programming by developing a simple mobile game that you can run on your computer, Android phone, or tablet.

    • 7 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
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    Humanities

    CULTURAL STUDIES AND MODERN LANGUAGES: AN INTRODUCTION
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
    Explore the culture, language and national identity of eight countries through their books, images, slogans and monuments

    • 4 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    Introduction to Philosophy
    Coursera, University of Edinburgh
    This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy.
    • 7 weeks
    • 1-2 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    AGINCOURT 1415: MYTH AND REALITY
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
    Mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, exploring its history and legacy, with this free online course.

    • 2 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
    Learn about the key principles and debates in journalism and enact the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story.

    • 6 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    Maths & Logic

    MATHS FOR HUMANS: LINEAR, QUADRATIC & INVERSE RELATIONS
    FutureLearn, UNSW AUSTRALIA
    Strengthen your algebra, geometry and thinking skills by learning about the maths behind real-world relations.

    • 4 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
    Coursera, Stanford University

    The goal of the course is to help you develop a valuable mental ability – a powerful way of thinking that our ancestors have developed over three thousand years.
    • 8 weeks
    • 8-10 hours pw
    • Statement of Accomplishment
    • More
    Calculus One
    Coursera, The Ohio State University

    This course is a first and friendly introduction to calculus, suitable for someone who has never seen the subject before, or for someone who has seen some calculus but wants to review the concepts and practice applying those concepts to solve problems.
    • Self-paced
    • 6-10 hours pw
    • 25 hours of videos and quizzes
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    Business & Marketing


    DIGITAL MARKETING: CHALLENGES AND INSIGHTS
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
    Explore the latest trends in digital marketing. Get beneath the hype. What are the implications? How will you respond?

    • 3 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    LOGICAL AND CRITICAL THINKING
    FutureLearn, THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
    Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this free online course. Identify common obstacles to effective thinking.

    • 8 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
    Coursera, Case Western Reserve University
    Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies of their development, the course will examine resonance and developing "resonant leadership" capability, emotional intelligence, and the experiences of mindfulness, hope, and compassion.

    • 8 weeks
    • 3-4 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    Sciences

    LIVER DISEASE: LOOKING AFTER YOUR LIVER
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
    Learn about how your liver works, ways to look after it and how liver damage is caused, studied and treated around the world

    • 3 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    METABOLOMICS: UNDERSTANDING METABOLISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
    Discover how metabolomics is revolutionising our understanding of metabolism with this free online course.

    • 4 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    HEART HEALTH: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF READING
    Learn more about how your heart works, the causes of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy with this free online course

    • 4 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More
    IDENTIFYING THE DEAD: FORENSIC SCIENCE AND HUMAN IDENTIFICATION
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
    Uncover a grave, examine remains and reveal the victim’s identity in this free online course, linked to a new Val McDermid story.

    • 6 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More

    INSIDE CANCER: HOW GENES INFLUENCE CANCER DEVELOPMENT
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF BATH
    Understand how genetics influence the development and spread of cancer, with this free, introductory online course.

    • 6 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More

    Engineering

    BEGIN ROBOTICS
    FutureLearn, UNIVERSITY OF READING
    Explore the history, anatomy and intelligence of robots with this free online course. Test drive robots using exciting simulations

    • 4 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • Certificates
    • More

    Other Courses
    MOOC platform edX also offers more than 40 High School and AP* Exam Preparation Courses covering subjects ranging from mathematics to science, English and history. These courses are designed to let students around the world prepare for college and the AP exams or supplement AP coursework. See edX courses




    See MoocLab's independent review and rating of the MOOC platforms offering these courses:
    FutureLearn
    Coursera
    edX

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