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Free online courses

Designed by York academics, our massive open online courses (MOOCs) are free and open to everyone. Engage with university-level study, explore a new subject area or to prepare for higher education more generally.  

What is a MOOC?

There are no entry requirements for our MOOCs, and you will be part of a global learning community. These free, online courses offer the perfect way to gain an insight into a wide range of subjects and are designed by our world-leading academics.

Courses last two to four weeks and are delivered through online videos, quizzes, case studies and discussions with your fellow learners. All you need is an internet connection and a passion to learn. 

In addition to our MOOCs, we have also launched courses exclusively for our York offer-holders. Both are delivered in partnership with FutureLearn.

Private online courses for York offer-holders

If you have a place to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree with us you can access short private online courses to help you prepare to become part of our learning community.

Undergraduate offer holders

Helping you prepare for university life.
Start date: 29 June 2020

Postgraduate offer holders

Supporting your transition to postgraduate study.
Start date: 13 July 2020

Free online short courses (MOOCs) for everyone

Next steps to university: From choosing a course to your first assessment

From making friends to independent study, get helpful tips for university life.
Start date: 6 July 2020

Modern sculpture: An introduction to art history

An introduction to art history, sculpture and materiality.
Start date: 29 June 2020

From crime to punishment

Work through a case study which follows the story of a suspect/defendant.
Start date: 13 July 2020

Exploring Stone Age archaeology

Further your interest in the past and archaeology.
Start date: 29 June 2020

Engineering the future

Re-imagine how you think about engineering.
Start date: 29 June 2020

Introduction to cognitive psychology

Develop an understanding of cognitive psychology as an experimental science.
Start dates: 29 June and 21 September 2020

Pictures of youth

Examine popular visual culture for children and young people.
Start date: 6 July 2020

Mature learners

Demystify the world of higher education and university life.
Start date: 15 June 2020

Exploring everyday chemistry

Explore the chemistry behind perfume, medicine, brewing and sport.
Start date: 29 June 2020

An introduction to nursing

An introduction to nursing and where a career in nursing may lead.
Start dates: 29 June and 21 September 2020

Bugs, brains and beasts

Review and reinforce biological concepts taught at A level Biology.
Start date: 13 July 2020

Accents, attitudes and identity

Discover how accents, attitudes and identity interact.
Start date: 13 July 2020

Tackling environmental challenges for a sustainable future

Discover how environmental research can inform how we respond to and solve the major global environmental issues of today.
Start date: 24 August 2020

Logic: The language of truth

Learn how to use logic to evaluate arguments and discover more about philosophical concepts like truth-tables and logical form.
Start date: 24 September 2020

Digital wellbeing

Explore the impact of digital technologies on health, relationships and society.
Start date: 11 May 2020

Poetry: How to read a poem

Dive into the wonderful world of poetry and learn how to analyse a poem.
Start date: 17 August 2020