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FutureLearn logo
FutureLearn

Course Marketplace

8.5
10
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LinkedIn Learning

Course Marketplace

8.7
10
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FutureLearn vs. LinkedIn Learning - complete comparison

Overview

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Description
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn

FutureLearn is a British online learning platform that offers courses developed by their more than 175 university partners worldwide. The platform was founded in 2012 and has since attracted more than 10 million learners worldwide.

LinkedIn Learning logoLinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (originally Lynda.com) is the online learning platform offered by LinkedIn. The 16,000+ courses in their library are mostly focussed on professional topics like technology and business. The platform is also directly integrated into LinkedIn and offers additional benefits, like LinkedIn premium, to its members.

Types of courses
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
BACHELORS DEGREE

Bachelor's Degree

Get a Bachelor's degree from one of FutureLearn's partner universities

$10000 - $30000 USD
10-15 hours per week
MASTERS DEGREE

Master's Degree

Get a Master's degree from one of FutureLearn's university partners.

$10000 - $40000 USD
1-3 years
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Short Courses

Short courses on a wide variety of topics, created by universities and other institutions

FreeIncluded in subscription
2-4 hours per week
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Microcredentials

Create specialized courses created by top academic institutions worldwide. Some courses might count as academic credit towards a degree.

$500 - $1000 USD
6–12 weeks
LinkedIn Learning logoLinkedIn Learning
Subscription plans
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
PERSONAL

FutureLearn Unlimited

Unlimited access to 1400+ online courses from FutureLearn

$20 - 40 USD per month
LinkedIn Learning logoLinkedIn Learning
PERSONAL

Personal subscription

Access to all courses and learning paths on the LinkedIn Learning platform

$25 - 45 USD per month
Pros & cons
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
    Pros
  • Wide range of courses from top universities
  • Affordable subscription
  • Cons
  • Limited free course access
LinkedIn Learning logoLinkedIn Learning
    Pros
  • Large course catalog
  • Personalized recommendations based on your linkedin profile
  • Linkedin premium included
  • Cons
  • Limited course topics (only career-related)
  • Some courses can be rather 'corporate'

General information

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Type
Course MarketplaceCourse Marketplace
Number of courses
2000+16000+
Popularity

Relatively niche

Very popular

Available categories
Business Analytics & IntelligenceComplianceData ScienceDesign ToolsDigital MarketingEntrepreneurshipFinanceIT CertificationsLanguage LearningLeadership
Business Analytics & IntelligenceCommunicationData ScienceDesign ToolsDigital MarketingEntrepreneurshipFinanceGraphic Design & IllustrationLeadershipMarketing Analytics & Automation
Available languages
English
EnglishSpanishFrenchGermanJapaneseMandarin ChinesePortugueseItalianKorean

Evaluation

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Full score
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Individual scores
Course quality
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Course catalog
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Affordability
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LinkedIn Learning
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Career value
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LinkedIn Learning
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Customer support
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Usability
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LinkedIn Learning
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Features

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Support options
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Community
  • Knowledge base
  • Learning support
  • Career support
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Community
  • Knowledge base
  • Learning support
  • Career support
Available apps
No apps available...
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Company

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Company name
FutureLearn LimitedLinkedIn Corporation
Company size

Medium

Large

Founded in
20122015
Headquarters

United Kingdom

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United States

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Founders
The Open UniversityReid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, Jean-Luc Vaillant
External reviews
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Trustpilot
4.7481 reviews
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4.877900 reviews
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4.7125000 reviews

Our opinion

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Summary
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn

FutureLearn is one of the few online learning platforms that offer full online degrees. We also like that you can access a lot of their regular courses for free for a limited amount of time, with the upgrade to the paid course being offered as an optional add-on. In contrast to some other similar companies, their offering is also a lot more streamlined and easier to understand, which we think is another benefit of FutureLearn. That said, their catalog isn't as big as that of some of their competitors, which means that you might not find the course you're looking for, especially if it's a bit more niche. Overall, we can recommend FutureLearn for students that want to take full online degrees, as well as students that want to learn with courses from universities, instead of courses from individual instructors.

LinkedIn Learning logoLinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is one of the largest online learning platforms, which can offer a lot of benefits that we like through the direct integration into the LinkedIn platform, like LinkedIn Premium access, as well as the direct integration of certificates from LinkedIn Learning into your LinkedIn profile. The instructors on LinkedIn Learning are highly qualified, and the courses cover all relevant career-focussed skills, which is why we can particularly recommend LinkedIn Learning for young professionals trying to upskill.

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