Online research resources and courses

Online courses and learning

The resources listed below provide access to a variety of online courses for personal development and general interest.

Driving Theory Test Pro 

A highly realistic simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DVSA. Simply create an account with your library membership number and personal details. Your progress will be recorded as you work through the course.

Life Skills 

Harrow Libraries subscribe to some useful online guides to help people in the United Kingdom facing changes in their life. You can access the whole package of support following the link above, or go directly to the resource you need using the links below.

When using these resources for the first time click on the 'Signup' link and enter your library membership number. Enter your details to create an account and you will have access to all the life skills courses.

Once you have created your account you can log into any of the resources with your new username and password.

Universal Credit

Find out everything that you need to know about the Universal Credit system, including the current rates of benefits. Tips on monthly budgeting, and links to helpful sites are provided too. Universal Credit – Step by Step will fully prepare you with all the facts you need to know about Universal Credit, whether you can apply for it and new procedures like the "Verification Process".

Job Skills

This guide contains lots of help, hints and tips to help you find your ideal job in the UK. The easy-to read pages will tell you all you need to know starting with looking for jobs, then interviews and moving on to actually starting work.
You’ll find many tips on where to find local jobs as well as lots of links to the careers and job vacancies section of numerous national employers.

Find A Job

Discover all that you need to know about creating a Find a job Jobseeker account.
Follow the step-by-step instructions to help you create your Jobseeker account, set up a profile and search for jobs. There are also lots of useful tips like why and how you should keep your activity history up to date.
Most importantly you’ll be shown how to write letters, fill in forms, create a CV and obtain an email account. You’ll even be shown how you can follow the steps in the guide at the same time as completing the actual processes online.

Life in the UK –The British Way of Life citizenship course

This is one of the most comprehensive guides to help all newcomers to the United Kingdom.
It explains numerous things that may be different or new to them as they settle in the UK and contains all the basic facts and information needed to help them succeed in British life.
Culture, customs, religion, travelling and public transport, health, hygiene and the NHS, making a living and benefits are among the many topics covered.

COOCS – Community Open Online Courses

These courses have been developed to help people form all walks of life to share learning and create opportunities for personal development.