Future Learn Unlimited Offer
Written by Lucy Black   
Friday, 06 January 2023

Programmers love learning. In particular they have embraced online learning with many developers revealing in surveys that they enrol in multiple courses - sometimes concurrently! So here's news of an offer from Future Learn you might find interesting.

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To cater for learners who want to indulge in chain-learning, which I hasten to add is highly laudable, Future Learn introduced its Unlimited subscription in 2019 whereby for a single annual payment you can access over 1000 of its short courses and earn unlimited certificates for an entire year. Now, and until the end of February, Future Learn has a 30% discount on the normal price of FutureLearn Unlimited.

This means the price, for new subscribers, is:

US$189.99 instead of US$279.99

£139.99 instead of £199.99

€159.99 instead of €239.99

AU$259.99 instead of AU$379.99

What can you expect from a Future Learn Short Course?

Such courses typically last between two and four weeks with between two and six hours study per week. The content is delivered step-by-step by a mix of videos, readings, exercises and quizzes. Students are encouraged to interact by introducing themselves and their reasons for join a course and then participating in polls and discussions. Having taken several of thses courses the quality of presentation is high and so is student azpproval.

Not all Future Learn's content is accessible with an Unlimited Subscription. The exclusions Future Learn's Microcredentials, Subscription Access courses included in an Expert Track and other Premium courses which require to be paid upfront. However, although courses leading to degrees are excluded as there are some short taster courses that are included in Unlimited.

In general the courses included in Unlimited can be taken for free if you are happy only to have time-limited access to them and don't want a certificate at the end. However, the three  advantages of taking out an unlimited subscription are that you earn a digital Certificate of Achievement on every course you complete; you can complete the course over an extended period and can return to consult the course content whenever you want to. This also allows you to access your completed courses even if you cancel your subscription.

Of course, after considering the pros and cons what really matters is whether there are enough courses that you want to take. Future Learn's promotion refers to 1000+ courses and currently there are 1375 - but these cover a wide range of subjects including Nature & Environment; Politics & Society; Psychology & Mental Health; 

As programmers we might find this diversity refreshing. After all we are often put in the position of needing to have a basic working knowledge of a completely new skill set and a Future Learn short course might be a good way to get up to speed. Also there are lots of courses that you might want to take" for fun" - simply for the love of learning.

Even so, you are probably more interested in what's included in the 

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You might be surprised what a lot of ground is covered in just two weeks of two hours weekly study by Computer Programming for Everyone from the University of Leeds in conjunction with the Institute of Coding, but clearly it is aimed at those who don't yet know anything about programming. 

How Computers Work: Demystifying Computation, in which learners explore the fundamentals of computing: computer architecture, binary logic, data processing  and more over four weeks of two hours of weekly study, one of many courses from the Raspberry Pi Foundation in conjunction with the NECC (National Centre for Computing Education). We've reported on several of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's courses including:

Introduction to Programming with Scratch 

Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python  

Prepare to Run a Code Club 

Looking into their details, these courses can lead to the award of UK-recognized certificates of professional development. 

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However, if you want you are eligible by virtue of being a teacher in England you can get free upgraded access to these courses but to do this, you must join the course through the Teach Computing website.

Among the courses included in Unlimited is Applied Data Science from the University of Coventry in conjunction with the Institute of Coding. At an introductory level this course, which is spread over two weeks of hours of weekly study, this course is highly topical. Its outline states:

You’ll explore the answers to important questions asked of business professionals today, such as why data science and machine learning have become so prevalent and what problems data science can address.

The outline also indicates that you'll get a good introduction to the tools and techniques used in applied data science. Taken as a single course with a certificate at the end the cost is £52. And if you only want limited access, 21 days from enrolling with no certificate, you can take it for free.

Future Learn's complete catalog does include courses for developers who are already embarked on their career. One example is a new course Intermediate and Advanced Javascript which is a Premium course with an upfront cost of £64. Spread over fours weeks with three hours weekly study, this course invites learners to:

Enhance the interactivity of your web pages and improve user experiences by learning intermediate concepts in JavaScript.

It is based on the book JavaScript from Beginner to Professional published by Packt and according to its blurb:

will show you how to use key programming concepts to help you solve big problems and push boundaries. Learn how to make web apps and browser-based games in just four weeks.

Such Premium courses are, of course, not included in the Unlimited offer, which runs until 28 February.

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