Meet the MOOCs

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FutureLearn website is launching three free online programmes, called MOOCs ("massive open online courses") this summer to help sixth-formers bridge the gap between school and university.

Sheffield University is providing two of the courses, which focus on applying for jobs, searching for courses and succeeding at interviews. The content also includes writing covering letters, personal statements, what to wear to an interview and how to respond to commonly asked questions.

The University of East Anglia is providing the third course, which includes advice from lecturers and undergraduates on the skills new students will need, such as critical thinking, data analysis, and how to sustain a supported argument.

Nigel Smith, head of content at FutureLearn, said that: "At age 16-18 you do not necessarily feel ready to make such an important life decision as choosing what to study at university. We hope that these new courses will help students to feel better informed and prepared... so that they are more likely to make the decision that is right for them."

FutureLearn already works alongside 50 partner universities and institutions such as the British Museum. A staggering 370,000 students have already enrolled for their British Council course on preparing for the International English Language Testing System exams - and these three new courses will help them to go from strength to strength.

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