Are courses accredited?

  • Some courses offer accreditation, some do not.

What level of courses are available?

  • Courses range from beginners to advanced.

How do I find out more information and register for a course?

  • Please contact the course provider directly.

Distance Education Courses

Please note this page offers an example of distance education options, it is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of provision. Specific information on courses is available from the course provider directly.

Free Online Courses in Ireland

eCollege – www.ecollege.ie

  • eCollege is a SOLAS-funded online training college that offers accredited and non-accredited courses in areas such as business, project management, information technology, graphic design, webs design, digital marketing, software develop and computer literacy.

Springboard+ – www.springboardcourses.ie

  • Springboard+ offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

IT Sligo – https://opencourses.itsligo.ie/

  • IT Sligo are currently offering a few courses in areas such as Lean Sigma,  Health and Safety and eInvoicing.

Trinity College, Dublin – https://www.tcd.ie/OnlineEducation/freeonline-course/

  • Trinity College Dublin have partnered with Futurelearn to provide a range of free online courses in a wide range of career areas. If you choose you can upgrade your membership to study more in depth.

Universal Class – www.universalclass.com

  • Universal Class gives library members access to over 500 free online courses.

NALA – https://www.nala.ie/freecourses/

  • The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) offers free reading, writing, maths and technology courses at QQI level 2 through online learning.

OpenLearn – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/freecourses/full-catalogue

  • OpenLearn provides over 1000 free online learning courses from The Open University. You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects.  Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

Fee Paying Online Course Providers in Ireland

The College of Progressive Education – www.progressivecollege.ie

  • The College of Progressive Education provide QQI accredited courses in Childcare, Montessori, Healthcare, SNA and Business.

Hibernia College – www.hiberniacollege.com

  • Hibernia College provides online courses for primary and post primary teacher education in Ireland.

Kilroy’s College – www.kilroyscollege.ie

  • Kilroy’s College delivers over 65 online courses from leaving certificate to psychology.

The Open College – www.theopencollege.com

  • The Open College provides a range of QQI Level 5 and 6 accredited courses in the areas of Law, Psychology, Business, Management, Journalism, Sports and Fitness, Training and Education among many more.

IT Sligo – https://www.itsligo.ie/onlinelearning/

  • IT Sligo offer a range of courses in Business and Social Sciences, Engineering and Design and Science. IT Sligo invite prospective learners to attend a 30-minute webinar where you can find out more about their online programmes, and experience an online class for yourself.

NUI Galway – https://www.nuigalway.ie/onlinelearning/

  • NUI Galways offer a range of online and blended learning courses in a number of subject areas such as Archaeology, Computer Science, Languages, Medical Technology and many more.

DCU – https://www.dcu.ie/connected/index.shtml

  • DCU offer a range of online courses from single modules to Masters level in a wide range of disciplines such as Humanities, Information Technology, Management Information Systems and Social Sciences to name a few. 

International Online Course Providers

Alison – www.alison.com

  • Alison offers free online courses and has over 14 million learners registered.

edX –  www.edx.org

  • Edx.org gives you access to 2500+ online courses from 140 Institutions, ranging from non-accredited to accredited courses

Coursera – www.coursera.org

  • Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies with Coursera.

Class Central – https://www.classcentral.com/

  • Discover thousands of free online courses from top universities around the world like MIT, Stanford, Yale, Brown and Harvard.

Udemy – www.udemy.com

  • Udemy offers over 100,000 courses in a range of disciplines from Business, Design, Marketing, Personal Development, and IT and Software. Courses range from non-accredited to certified and while some have fees attached many are also free of charge.