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FutureLearn for your future career

Yesterday, I saw a glimpse of the future of careers education! FutureLearn were at the BETT exhibition and ran a seminar for school and college leaders on MOOCS – Massive Open Online Courses. Yvette Bellis from Bullers Wood School spoke eloquently about how students in her school are using FutureLearn’s free courses. She brought along one of her 16-year-old students who impressed us with her story of how she has benefitted.

FutureLearn is fully-owned by the Open University and works in partnership with 78 universities and cultural institutions from around the world to offer a diverse range of courses.

At Bullers Wood:

  • Y9 gifted and talented students take FutureLearn courses as part of the school’s enrichment programme
  • Y12s choose the courses they want to take in the second half of the summer term. Not only is this a powerful way of engaging Y12s but it gives them something extra to include on their application forms for university and apprenticeships. It fosters student engagement in a classic way. Students have autonomy and choice over what to study and they get the opportunity to experience mastery and achievement in a new area of learning
  • Y12s take a study skills MOOC before they start their extended project qualification (EPQ) and as a result achieve better results.

I hope in the future, more and more careers-related MOOCS will be written. There are already MOOCS on topics such as improving your CV, preparing for interview and getting ready for uni.

I also think there is great potential for schools and colleges to award students digital badges to recognise their achievement which I will talk about in my next blog. (Alternatively, students can pay for external accreditation).

One way of finding out more about FutureLearn and MOOCS is to take a course yourself. Register for free at

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