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Children's University - Free online courses

Updated Monday, 10 January 2022
Discover free online courses you can use to earn Children's University stamps.

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If you are registered with a Children's University, you can use these free online courses to earn Children's University stamps by following five easy steps.

  1. Create an OpenLearn account and then come back to this page.
  2. Choose a course from the list below or browse the wider OpenLearn website.
  3. Once you’ve chosen a course, you’ll see it is labelled with the number of hours it should take to complete, make a note of this for later.
  4. Work through the course at your own pace. When you finish the course, you can download a certificate or a digital badge to prove you have completed it. 
  5. Send this certificate or badge to your Children's University provider. You should also state how many hours the course took in order to determine how many stamps you should receive.

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Mae'r casgliad yma hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg. | This collection is also available in Welsh.


Free online courses

Take a look at a selection of courses below, or browse the whole OpenLearn site by subject.

Learn about our planet 

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Are you curious to know about more about the planet we live on? Discover courses on eco-systems, earthquakes, geology, water, weather and more. There are also courses that deal with the biggest challenge we face - climate change. What lies ahead for the future of our planet? Can we secure a sustainable future?

More courses about our planet


Learning languages

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Have you ever wanted to learn about a new language? You might want to learn some basics to plan for a trip, or maybe get some extra insight into a language you’re already studying. Perhaps you just want to learn something entirely new. There’s a Chinese proverb that translates as ‘To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.’ 

More language courses


Take a trip to space

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Astronomy is a vast subject, quite literally as big as the Universe. It includes objectives of varying sizes - from the atoms that make up planets and stars to superclusters of thousands of galaxies, with each galaxy containing many billions of stars. If you’ve ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what’s out there, these are the courses for you.

More courses about space


Health and the human body

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One heart, one brain, 30 trillion cells. What exactly makes the human body tick? How can we tackle the biggest health challenges of our age? Science has come a long way but there is still so much more to understand about ourselves. From genetics to nutrition, you can find courses about all about our bodies, as well as learning about aspects of modern healthcare.

More courses about health and the human body


Art, music and literature

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Twyla Tharp once remarked that ‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ From cave paintings to novels, from Mozart to The Beatles - human beings have expressed themselves and their truths to each other in many different ways. These courses can help you understand a variety of works, texts and approaches that make up the cultural history of the world.

More courses about art, music and literature


Animals and plants

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From the banana to the blue whale, there are a staggering variety of animals and plants around us. Many live in some of the harshest conditions on the planet and have adapted perfectly to survive. Some travel hundreds of miles every year, others stay in one place for hundreds of years. These courses can give you an insight into the most amazing stories nature can tell.

More courses about animals and plants



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Martin Luther King Jr once said ‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history.’ We are shaped by the world around us, these courses explore the story of how that world came to be. Learning about history can take you to different worlds where the people seem alien, but they were just like us. History has the endlessly difficult task of trying to put together a full, true and unbiased picture of the past - the only way to truly understand the present.

More courses about history


Maths, physics and engineering

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Arguably everything that exists can be described using mathematics. It can introduce new ways of thinking and a world of possibilities. From the physical structures and machines that humans create to the mysterious sub-atomic realm that underpins them, these courses can help you gain a better understanding of mathematics with real-world applications in the fields of physics and engineering. 

More courses about maths and engineering


Life, work and study skills

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When you’re thinking about your own future, it always helps to be prepared. Whether you’ll soon be finding your way in the world of work or continuing to study at a higher level, these courses introduce some useful and practical skills for the journey ahead. 

More life, work and study skills courses


About Children's University

Want to find out about Children's University and how it works? Here's a fun animated introduction! 



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