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The best e-Learning courses

by John Saunders
12th Dec 20 12:44 pm

Over the last decade, the number of people undertaking online education courses has continued to rise steadily. It’s a profitable industry, and in Europe it is estimated to be worth over £30 billion by 2023, with the UK having the biggest market share of all European countries.

It’s not just profitable to the economy, though. Online learning is becoming more and more popular amongst young people and adults returning to education because it’s cheap (sometimes free), can be undertaken anywhere and offers maximum flexibility. This is appealing for those who work or who have children.

Taking an online course is a great way to expand your repertoire and to learn a new skill, remotely. If you’re looking for a new challenge or to get into a new career field, here are some of the best online courses and course providers.

Website Design for Business – Pitman Training

If there’s one industry that’s always growing, it’s the internet. Businesses will spend a lot of money on website design which makes it a lucrative career path. The average salary for a website designer in the UK is around £26,000 per year, and there’s plenty of scope for going freelance, too.

This course by Pitman Training covers Javascript Essentials, CSS Essentials and HTML, giving you everything you need to confidently start in a web design role.

Starting a Business – Future Learn

Starting a business is the ultimate goal for many people, but if you don’t know how to go about it, you could stand to lose a lot. Luckily, if you’re looking to set up your own company, Future Learn and the University of Leeds offer a comprehensive six-part course that covers all bases. The modules include managing finances, business processes and understanding customers and competitors.

This is a free course series so is ideal for those looking to enhance their knowledge without spending any money.

Canine Courses – Animal Courses Direct

Humans love little more than their dogs which means there’s a whole host of canine courses available. Lots of animal careers such as grooming, walking, training and adoption work don’t require degrees, but there are a range of dog courses than can be undertaken to bolster your knowledge and make your more favourable to employers within the industry.

The price for the courses range in price from £699 to £97, but there are a range of webinars from £14.95.

Diploma in Human Resources – Alison

A key role in any workplace is HR, and as such, demand for a HR person is high. This is a career that typically requires background knowledge, so undertaking a course such as this one from Alison is a good idea if this is a job you’re looking in to. It will introduce you to HR and teach you the basics of HR management, hiring staff and developing working relationships.

This is a free course and is well worth having on your CV.

Mental Health First Aid – Free Courses in England

The landscape of mental health is changing and there is a big effort underway in the UK to improve mental health services. As a result, there’s a big demand for call operators and helpline advisors. If you’re a caring person and enjoy helping others, a career in mental health could be both challenging and fulfilling. This course will prepare you for what may lie ahead by teaching you about mental health and how to support those who need help.

This is a free course that is open to people over the age of 19. If a healthcare career is something you’re interested in, this  NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate could give you a helping hand onto the career ladder.


There are so many more courses available online, ranging from sports and fitness to arts and history, so whatever your interest is, there’s a course to expand your knowledge.

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