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11 Free Courses To Take Instead Of Going To University

Don't wanna pay £9000 a year for education? Try these courses!

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1. Wanna work in TV?

The Network, Edinburgh International Television Festival / Via thetvfestival.com

Does your life revolve around Take Me Out? Would you prefer to watch First Dates than go on an actual first date? This course could be for you! Open to all UK telly lovers with less than 3 months paid experience in TV, this 3 day intensive course takes place at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, and gives newcomers the chance to network (oh that's the title of the course) with industry pros! Alumni also get access to a plethora of free talks and events after the festival. If you wanna get into TV this is the No. 1 way, after all it's who you know, not what you know! Apply Here

2. Looking to be an Academic Thinker?

The If Project / Via ifproject.co.uk

Try the IF project! These short evening courses are enjoyed by Londoners completely free. Their recent 10-week course on 'Thinking' included lectures from professors at UCL, University of Sussex, Roehampton University and more! With a focus on the humanities, optional coursework and seminars with super diverse topics, you can expect to read anything from articles from The Sun to the communist manifesto. It's definitely one to sign up for if you're trying to open your mind. Find out more here

3. Interested in Coding?

Code First Girls / Via codefirstgirls.org.uk

Sorry guys, this is for women only! With the current push to get more women in STEM code first offers free evening courses to women who are 18-23 OR have recently finished a university degree OR are currently doing a university degree. This course is designed for absolute beginners and as web development is a growing industry, this is actually pretty likely to get you a job. Check it out here

4. Is the media industry calling you?

Mama Youth Project / Via mamayouthproject.org.uk

You should try the Mama Youth Project. A scheme developed to give opportunities to BAME candidates and increase diversity in the media industries. Open to 18-25 year olds, they focus on giving training to those from challenging backgrounds, they also accept unemployed graduates. During the 13 week intensive training, you can expect to get professional quality broadcast training, and even work on a TV show which is broadcast on Sky 1. With 6 months support after the training, and a heap of industry partners, this is a fast track to your dream career. Apply here

5. Playwriting your forte?

Sell A Door Theatre Company / Via selladoor.com

If you live in the borough of Greenwich, you can get a free course in writing and producing your own play, and get to put on a production at Greenwich Theatre. This 7 month course also promises free trips to see London productions as well as professional training in theatre practices. Put on by Sell a door theatre company, the people behind hits such as Avenue Q, The History Boys and American Idiot, the Young Writers Program is a must do for any budding theatre writers out there. See more here

6. Want to design games?

Next Gen Skills Academy / Via nextgenskillsacademy.com

Next Gen Skills Academy offer free short courses for young people looking to get into games design from time to time. They also offer mentoring for young people looking for a leg up in their games design careers. Worth keeping an eye on their twitter to stay informed about upcoming opportunities. See their current courses here

7. Build a future in construction

The Prince's Trust / Via princes-trust.org.uk

The Prince's Trust offers a myriad of free courses for young people, one of which is this amazing course giving you an intro to construction. Offering a CSCS card and the experience you need, plus 6 months mentoring AND your travel expenses paid, this is a great way to kick start your career. The Prince's Trust offer free courses to young people aged 13 to 30 who are out of work, education and training and based in the UK, it's worth checking their opportunities finder to see what's in your area. Find out more here

8. Everybody's a critic

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youtube.com / Via barbican.org.uk

Or at least they could be with the Barbican Young Reviewers programme. Giving young people a platform to critique some of the Barbican's film, theatre, art and music performances online and receive mentoring from professional critics and youtubers. The aim is to give students a chance to develop their own critical voice, as well as skills both in front and behind the camera. Check it out here

9. Tutor First, Teach Later

Tutor Fair / Via tutorfair.com

Ever fancied getting into teaching? A great way to find out if you'd suit would be to try the Teach First tutor volunteer scheme. Over the course of one school term, you'll get hands on training in teaching while tutoring London school pupils. You can register at a training day throughout the academic year. Find out more

10. Got your life together? Try life coaching!

David Edmonds / Via facebook.com

Are you super good at giving advice? Maybe life coaching could be a good career option. Certus Coaching are offering a free evening session to give you an insight into the world of professional life coaching, who knows- you might walk away with a new career! Read more

11. Make sweet sweet music

The Big Music Project / Via thebigmusicproject.co.uk

Are you wanting to get into the music industry, but not as a performer? Check out the events from The Big Music Project, okay this isn't technically a short course, but it's worth mentioning as it'll still help you get in on the ground floor of the music biz. With amazing musical partners like Captail FM and BPI (who make the Brit awards) this is a great shout if you want to find out more about the jobs open to you in music. Find out more here

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