You may have taxied down the runway a few times, but here you can tax the brain matter down a different runway – there’s a world of knowledge waiting out there…

The Open University

Join over 2 million students who’ve set their ambition free with The Open University. We’ve pioneered distance learning for over 50 years, bringing university to you, wherever you are. Fit study around your life, with expert tutor support every step of the way.  Explore what’s possible with The Open University.

Your Ambition. Our Mission.


“Make the most of life once you’re no longer in full time work by exploring new ideas, skills and interests with your local u3a”

Across the UK, u3a members are learning, staying active and having fun in later life. It’s local, social, friendly, low-cost and open to all.

Future Learn

Fit learning around your life with an online degree from a leading university. From undergraduate to postgraduate degrees, find the right degree to suit you.

Open Learn

OpenLearn is a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University as part of its Royal Charter commitment to support the wellbeing of the community.

Since its launch in 2006, OpenLearn has become an integrated part of The Open University, with the site attracting almost 75 million visitors.

The Skills Toolkit

Free courses to help you learn new skills or get a new job. 

Ultimate Guitar

Since 1998, founded in Kaliningrad, Russia, UG has established a strong community following with over 10 million registered users who participate in forums, contribute tabs, lessons and articles and are passionate members of all things rock’n’roll. UG also provides all of the latest music industry news, reviews and blogs about the inside scoop in the music making madhouse.

Justin Guitar

Justin Sandercoe started teaching guitar online way back in 2001 offering examples of lessons students might get in his one-on-one lessons. He was quick to realize the potential of online video and started posting video lessons on YouTube in 2006 and since then has clocked up over 400 million views of his YouTube videos and has almost a million subscribers to his main channel (and over 900k on the second channel)!


The main focus of the site is sheet music, but we offer a wide range of resources for musicians, from tuners, to chord charts, to lessons. Although we are a business, we love providing free resources for musicians and our aim is to keep a large percentage of the site free (currently around 90%). The good news is we can support our work via ads on the free parts of the site. Our subscriptions are available for access to a range of add-on features, including unlimited playalong tracks, parts and transpositions, as well as higher quality print-outs.

Free Scores

Free-scores provides free broadcast and media hosting for composer, arrangers and publishers. It facilitates contact among musicians, and monitoring of the audience of your musical works. . Interpreters record and add their interpretations on the site.
We also feature a directory of free sheet music sites.


Everyone learns in different ways. For the first time in history, we can analyze how millions of people learn at once to create the most effective educational system possible and tailor it to each student.

Our ultimate goal is to give everyone access to a private tutor experience through technology.

Coffee Break Spanish

Here at Coffee Break Languages we believe that there are many ways to learn a language, and it’s not always the case that you need to go out to an evening class on a cold Tuesday night in winter! On our YouTube channel we feature tips and tricks for language learners. In this video, our CEO, Mark Pentleton, explains how language learning can happen even in the most unlikely places.


Busuu is the world’s largest community for language learning, providing courses in 12 different languages on web and mobile to more than 100 million learners worldwide. Learners can sign up for free, or subscribe to a Premium membership to unlock further features like advanced grammar lessons, Offline Mode, McGraw-Hill Education certification or our adaptive Vocabulary Trainer.


At Grammarly, we strive to help people understand one another, whenever and wherever they communicate. Every day, 30 million people around the world use our AI-powered product to strengthen their writing and say what they really mean. Our writing assistant supports clean, mistake-free writing while offering suggestions that go way beyond grA

Tim Clare's couch to 80k

The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp is a free writing podcast that delivers a complete 8 week fiction writing course over 48 episodes. All it asks of you is 10 minutes writing a day. Each episode teaches you new writing skills through a 10 minute exercise – it even times you while you do the exercise, so once the podcast finishes, you’re done for the day. No homework!

National Theatre Podcast

The National Theatre Podcast explored how theatre connects to the big issues of our time: sex, death, politics, and everything in between. Go behind the scenes to investigate the artists and the ideas behind some of the most interesting, recent productions, and go out into the world to find theatre at play in our everyday lives.

It’s a show about theatre, without the drama.


You probably tried learning a new language before. It was hard or boring…or both. You know what’s weird, though? We’ve ALL learned a language once! Sure, it took a bit of time, but all good things in life do.

That’s why we created a 3-step approach to learning that helps you acquire a new language like you did the first time around: naturally.


Sporcle is the leading provider of trivia entertainment on the web, on mobile devices, and at live shows.

Sporcle.com has over one million user-generated quizzes on every topic imaginable that have been played over three billion times. Sporcle also has a suite of trivia apps for iOS and Android devices.

Online fitness top 10

It’s January, and we’re all surging with good intentions to keep our New Year’s resolutions. If you want to get fit but don’t want to fork out on a pricey gym membership, we’ve rounded up the top 10 online fitness videos and smartphone apps, many of which have been tried and tested by the MSE team.

Free outdoor gyms

Going to the gym to get fitter, healthier and in shape is great, but it comes at a price (and we don’t just mean giving up doughnuts). Before locking yourself into a costly gym membership – typically £120-£720 a year – or if you can’t afford it, consider giving free outdoor gyms a try.


Tasty, the world’s largest food network. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever – all in one place!

BBC Good Food

Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or fancy yourself as a master chef, we’ve got the content for you. Learn to cook with expert tutorial videos from the BBC Good Food cookery team, or watch clips from some of the world’s top chefs (Tom Kerridge, James Martin and Rick Stein – to name a few!), including classic clips from the BBC archive. Visit www.bbcgoodfood.com for even more great recipes and tips.

Tesco Recipes

Looking for some meal inspiration? We’ve personally picked our favourite recipes for you to try. See the steps and buy the ingredients online at Tesco.

Skill Share

With so much to explore, real projects to create, and the support of fellow-creatives, Skillshare empowers you to accomplish real growth.

Move your creative journey forward without putting life on hold. Skillshare helps you find inspiration that fits your routine.

Reed Courses

Invest in your future with thousands of courses to help you learn and develop. Use code ONLINE10 for 10% off.



Eventbrite brings people together through live experiences. Discover events that match your passions, or create your own with online ticketing tools.


Meetup is a platform for finding and building local communities. People use Meetup to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue their passions, together.


TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.


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.