Online courses and support

Bristol and West of England Organisations with tutor support

Online Courses

If you’re looking for online support or courses with limited or no tutor support, take a look at the options below. Some are free, some are paid for and some are free with optional upgrades. Most universities also offer free introductory online courses, you can find details on each university’s website or through FutureLearn.

Other Online Resources

  • Bristol WORKS is offering remote resources for parents, teachers and young people to access including remote film content to inspire young people about the variety of Post 16 options and career options available to them across Bristol – see and these pages specifically: ;
  • Bristol Learning City Resource Directory Supporting children and young people in their learning is difficult at the best of times. Juggling parenting and work is a difficult balance to strike, which has been further complicated by school closures, isolation and a nationwide lock down. For many, trying to find engaging, inspiring and quality learning materials has become a full time profession in itself. That is why Bristol Learning City has started to curate a number of resources that are suitable for home-learning, including resources for children and young people with SEND. The list is far from complete and further resources will be added in the coming days and weeks.
  • An additional list of resources can be found on the Department for Education website.
  • Oak National Academy will provide lesson resources for schools and teachers.
  • BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons are here! Just click in, choose your school year or Key stage and go!
  • The Department for Education has also provided a list of resources for home learning.
  • If you need a break from lessons (and/or work), iNews has a list of 50 worldwide attractions with virtual tours including, if you want to start close to home, the SS Great Britain.
  • Brunel’s SS Great Britain: factsheets about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a STEM based online game and worksheets type activities linked to life on board the ship in the Victorian times.
  • Adult learning from Brunel’s SS Great Britain: The ‘Archive in Five’ at the Brunel Institute has moved online. They will be sharing videos of different items in the collection on Facebook.
  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery: will be updating their website with activities  to education, inspire and entertain.
  • Kids in Museums: a list of museum activities to keep kids entertained.
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge is sharing things daily on social media. They had fun on Twitter encouraging people to draw Brunel a new hat.

From Items of Interest

  • Bristol Plays Music has responded to the closure of schools and the need for lockdown learning by creating a Virtual Academy, providing existing and new music students in Bristol with individual music lessons; find out more here.
  • Find out more about the online courses available to businesses via the Lloyds Bank Academy here.
  • Through its Eagle Lab initiative, Barclays are staging a range of free to access virtual events and seminars in the coming days and weeks. Topics include Cyber SecurityMindfulness and Growing Your Business With Data – click here for full details. And for anybody who is at home with the children over the next few weeks, there’s the free-to-access Code Playground, designed to help kids get to grips with the basics of coding; more here and, via YouTube, here.
  • And this article lists 20 learning apps for stir-crazy kids.