Find learning you can fit in around your other commitments by taking an online course.

Below are some suggestions from trusted organisations.

E-learning for Carers

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Caring Counts

This 10-hour course will help you reflect on your experiences and recognise the range of skills and abilities you’ve developed from your caring role. It will support you to set goals for the future and make plans to get you there.

It’s a great option if you’re wanting to make more time for your own interests, or if you’re looking to get back into work or education, but don’t know where to start.

For further information about this course, visit:

Solihull Online - Resource for parents and carers

Solihull Online is a resource for parents and carers from the antenatal period to 19 years, aiming to help parents understand their child’s behaviour in the context of their child’s development and the parent-child relationship.

The following courses are available free for parents/carers in Scotland

  • Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain

To access these courses for free, go to inourplace.co.uk and use the access code TARTAN.

Financial Capability E-Learning Modules – Understanding Gambling and Gambling Harms

Designed in partnership with Gamble Aware and the Accountant in Bankruptcy, the module covers the activities that fall within the remit of gambling as well as looking at the gambling industry in the UK and discussing gambling disorder and gambling harms.

As well as highlighting some of the key signs of gambling disorder, the module also signposts to organisations that can help and support people suffering from gambling-related harm.


If you would like to register yourself or your clients/service users for this module please click here.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at [email protected] if you require any further information or would like to provide feedback.

E-learning for Workforce

Equal Partners in Care

Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) is a learning resource for health and social care staff which will help you (and the staff or students you support) to have better conversations and interactions with carers. The aim is to make a positive difference and improve outcomes for carers and the people they care for.

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Carer Aware at University

Carer Aware at University is for all staff working in Scotland’s universities. It is built around the voices of student carers as they share their stories of caring for a family member or friend, and the impact of their caring role on their education.

The course is divided into two levels, each containing two sections. Each level will take you 1–2 hours to complete, depending on your level of engagement with the activities.

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General Interest

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OpenLearn Create

OpenLearn Create by the Open University has hundreds of free online courses, covering a range of topics including courses to support your caring role.

Get started with The Open Pathways Guide

Future Learn


Future Learn can connect you to free courses offered by universities and colleges worldwide. Some of these courses may be useful for a caring role, help you get into work or you might just find something to learn for fun.

The Skills Toolkit is an online info source collated by the Department of Education. There are online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. Some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers have been consulted to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.
Scholar Hub Adult Learners & Parents, browse through 1000’s of vetted educators from around the world.

Scholar Hub Adult Learners & Parents, browse through 1000’s of vetted educators from around the world.

Learning support for the person you care for

Advice for those with Additional Support Needs

Pyramid Education Consultants help individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and/or communication challenges learn to shape their own lives and participate in the world around them. Using a blend of broad spectrum applied behaviour analysis and practices supported by research and positive results, we give learners the skills to tell you what they want, what they need, what they see, and the unique educational environments they need to learn and grow towards greater independence.

Education Scotland and a small group of Head Teachers have pulled together a bank of ‘parent friendly’ home learning resources and support for parents of children with complex additional support needs. To access these resources click here.

National Autistic Society has guidance for parents on homeschooling.