This article explains what happens when you join a short course, before you start. For instructions on how to start a course, please see How to start a course on FutureLearn.
Look out for your welcome email
Shortly before the course starts, you'll receive an email from the course educators with some information about what to expect and how to get started.
Once the course begins, a link to your to-do list will appear in Your Learning. You can access this at any time while you have access to the course - you don't have to get started straight away!
If you're not sure how to find your course, there are instructions here: How to get into a course you've joined on FutureLearn
Study at any time of day (or night)
Courses are available from midnight on Mondays (00:00 UTC) on the day shown on the course page. Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material and study at any time that suits you. You don’t need to be online at the same time as the lead educator or other students.
Your access to a short course begins on the day you join or the day the course starts (whichever is later) and ends at the end of the study period shown on the course description page.
You can find out more about free access to our courses here: How long can I access a course for free?
Weeks and activities and steps, oh my!
Our courses are split into weeks. Each week contains several activities, and these are made up of short steps that you can do at a time (and pace) that best suits you. On a few courses educators will schedule an activity which take place at a specific time, but this content will generally remain online afterwards.
You can learn more about the structure of our courses here: How to start a course on FutureLearn
Learn online, wherever you are
All of our courses take place on our website. To access your courses:
- Sign in to the site
- click on your profile picture in the top right hand corner of the page (if you haven't uploaded a profile picture, your default profile picture will be your initials in a coloured box)
- select Your Learning
- click on the course you'd like to go to.