Online courses and support

Bristol and West of England Organisations with tutor support


This page is the full collection of all resources created for the Flexible Learning Fund project including English reading and writing, Maths and Employability.

Please feel free to download, share and teach!


For courses to return to work. These can be funded by ESF and AEB contracts. It is available online from 16 plus.


For adult courses and is funded for anyone who is over 19.

All level 2 fully funded courses are supported by college tutors.


re you looking to develop a new skill/ gain a qualification at no cost to you?
Would you like to learn at your own pace?
If the answer is YES and you are aged 16+ and unemployed or low-waged, then we have a range of courses that will be of interest to you including:

  • Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business
  • Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Payroll for Business
  • Level 1 Award in Accounting
  • Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration
  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Business and Administration
  • Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Level 1 Award in Personal Development for Employability in the Accountancy and Business Administration Sector
  • Award/ Certificate/ Diploma in Starting your Own Business
  • Award/ Certificate/ Diploma in Self-employment

Skills-based courses

Warehousing and Storage Pathway

FREE training course where you can obtain a Forklift licence

Security Pathway

Leading to a FREE SIA Licence for learners who successfully complete and achieve all learning aims.

Construction Pathway

Including CSCS Card.

Logistics Pathway

Including free HGV licence

Next Steps
For more details on the above courses, including how to enrol, please contact Sarah Freeman on 07823 557165 or

If you know anyone else who may be interested please pass these details on.
*Free to unemployed learners and those on low wages aged 16+ (18+ for Logistics and Security)

The Restore Trust is running online courses in Health and Safety and Personal Development for Employability.

These courses are not just self-directed learning but supported by a live online tutor. Courses start 11th May 2020 and will be rolling so all referrals are welcome.

Email or phone 0117 942 7000 to find out more.

South Gloucestershire Community Learning is pleased to bring you a new online course offer during this time of physical distancing. You can also find the list and any updates on their Facebook page. Please refer to individual course flyers (via links on the course list) for more detailed information about each course and which Development Worker to contact to register your interest with.You will need to have access to technology and the internet in order to follow the course online and to take part in video conferencing using Zoom. If you feel you need help with this, please discuss with your contact development worker.*For adults aged 19+ with few or no qualifications.

Please contact N-Gaged for more information on or 0117 971 0833.

  • Health, Safety and Working In Construction
  • Storage & Warehouse
  • CPC Training
  • Business Admin Courses
  • Customer Service Courses
  • Digital Skills
  • Team Leading
  • Cleaning
  • Care

N-Gaged Virtual Job Club

This is a great way for people to access the Help & Support they need during these difficult times.

It includes assistance with:

  • CV Writing
  • Interview Techniques
  • Employment Support

Alongside many other useful topics.

This is another FREE service and will also have dedicated Tutor Support – we are here to help our Communities and assist them throughout Covid-19.

Please contact N-Gaged for more information on – or 0117 971 0833.


Weston College offers a range of free online courses that provide a range of benefits for individuals and employers.

As with any course, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who you can contact online or meet face-to-face when it’s convenient to you. You’ll also receive your course materials, lesson content and assignments through our easy-to-use online training platform.

Plus, our courses are free if you meet the eligibility criteria and it couldn’t be easier to apply and get started.

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.

First steps online


Free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online.

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

First steps online


Functional Skills qualifications teach post-16 and adult learners in England how to apply practical Maths and English skills to real-life and vocational contexts.

What we think:

This covers Functional Skills English and Maths Levels 1 and 2. You can dip in to modules without signing up, but as with all of them, you do get better features when you have an account.

There are helpful interactive exercises as well as videos explaining key concepts.

There are examples related to how you would use the English and Maths in real life and at work, but this is limited to the functional skills syllabus and to support people studying for functional skills qualifications.

Online literate learners


Learn for free, upgrade or buy ‘Unlimited’.

FutureLearn offers you a powerful new way to learn online. Every course has been designed according to principles of effective learning, through storytelling, discussion, visible learning, and using community support to celebrate progress.

Online literate learners


Free Learning from The Open University.

There are Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced courses available.

OpenLearn works with other organisations by providing free courses and resources that support our mission of opening up educational opportunities to more people in more places.

What we think:

We like the free courses for introducing you to subjects you’re interested in studying further. As they’re run by the Open University, the range of courses is impressive and they’re being hosted by experts in distance learning.

We also like the Skills for Work section with free short courses to ‘Enhance your work skills without committing to full-time study.’ Each course says how many hours it should take to complete, what level it is and if it’s free. These courses range from ‘working in a team’ to ‘understanding operations management’ so there’s probably something there for everyone!

Online literate learners


Online courses, designed for you to grow your career or business. Select individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end.

The majority of the courses are free, and approved by industry experts, top entrepreneurs and some of the world’s leading employers. So you can be sure you’re learning up-to-date, real-world, skills that help you reach your goal.

Confident online learners


Free online courses from the world’s leading experts.

Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level. Through our mission we are a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone.

What we think:

We like that you can search through courses by what job you want and they have careers skills and guidance available to give direction to your search for the right course for you. This is a site geared towards career and job related qualifications and they include all sorts of jobs.

They know about motivation too. Once you log in, you can earn ‘Medals’ as you achieve goals, for example, learn 3 days a week. Alison also keeps a log of what courses you have completed, your certificates and how many hours you’ve studied.

Confident online learners


Achieve your goals with Coursera.

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.

  • 100% online
  • Learn something new in 4-6 weeks
  • Priced starting at about $39 (USD)
  • Earn a Course Certificate

What we think:

Coursera has some seriously impressive partners. Stanford University, Imperial College London and IBM are just three of the logos on the front page. The courses here go from free introductions to subjects up to degrees and master’s (which are not free!). You can do some hard-core learning here. If you’ve got ambitions and want to dip your toe into the world of cryptocurrency, art history or understanding Einstein, this is the place for you.

Do not start here if you’re looking for a gentle entry into the world of online learning. However, for an in-depth introduction to a new career, or building skills to improve, this could be great!

Confident online learners


Prices start from £0.

Increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere.

edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access.

What we think:

Are you going through these in order? If you are, this is another big learning beast! Partners such as Harvard University, Berkeley University and MIT are emblazoned across the front page of edX.  Lots of free courses here too for all sorts of subjects.  On edX you can find lots of great ways to build skills from the free courses up to online degrees and Master’s.

A new online learning platform from the UK Government to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home.

Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

To see what’s on offer, visit

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.


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