10 ways to learn a new skill – How to code, How to start a business, How to get a qualification etc

These are ideal for continued learning (even if you already have a job) or if something to do whilst you’re looking for a job.
Not got a job? Take one of these courses! You may not get a qualification but for many companies, they want to see what you can do not what grade you got.

Oxford Learning Lab

Key areas: Digital Marketing Management, Brand Management, Mobile Marketing, Marketing Research, Affiliate Marketing, SEO, Email Marketing, Social Media Strategy + loads more


Key areas: Over 40,000 courses available from experts across the world including Public Speaking, Developing mobile apps for iPhone, How to drop ship products on eBay without owning any products and learn to code by making games + literally 39,996 other courses!


Key areas: Teaching the world how to code. This starts at the very basic start of programming and is completely free to do, you will be walked through the whole process until you’re competent in HTML & CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python, Ruby etc.

What are the alternatives?

  • Treehouse (Paid but for more advanced users or someone that has passed Codeacademy already).
  • Udacity – Not for everyone but a large wealth of opportunity with this one, try this after Codeacadmy & Treehouse
  • Completed Treehouse, Codeacademy & Udacity? Then try CodeSchool
  • Code Avengers is another site to try, with more focus on repetition within the projects you will leave with some great programming habits

Vision 2 Learn

Key areas: Free & Paid online courses with Qualifications including: Essential IT Skills, Customer Service, Infection Control, Working in the Health Sector, Nutrition & Health etc.

Lynda Learning

Key areas: From £12.95 per month you get UNLIMITED access to the full courses, there are thousands upon thousands of courses which span thousands of topics. From Computer Science, Photography, Business, Design, CAD, Web, Marketing etc etc.

Virtual College

Key areas: Courses from £15 including First Aid, Fire Training, Customer Care, Moving and Handling Objects, Confidentiality in the Workplace, Contract Management, Risk Assessment, Safeguarding Adults & Children + loads more


Key areas: Online IGCSE Courses, Online A-Level Courses, Online IT & Web Design Courses & Distance Learning Vocational Courses.

Examples: Bookkeeping, Nail Technician, Life Coaching, Event Management, Web Design Course + loads more


Key areas: Business, Energy, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health & Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Teaching and other Topics


1030+ Courses from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Boston and several more all combined in an easily searchable database.

From free to several hundred dollars. Most will give you a certificate for completion for $49


An endless supply of things to learn and best of all completely free.

From finding out how to open and fix your iPhone to earning a ton of money teaching others, YouTube is bursting with knowledge, the trick is finding the relevant stuff!

We’ve curated a list of YouTube channels for you.

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