Cookie Policy

This is the cookies policy of Marcman Web Services which applies to our Website (“Cookies Policy”). You should read this Cookies Policy with the Terms and the Privacy Policy.

We use cookies to enhance your experience of FutureLearn and to better understand how people use the Website. This may also include cookies from third party social media websites. You can change your cookies settings at any time by following the instructions below in paragraph 3: “How to manage cookies."

1. What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

2. Types of Cookies

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the tables below:


A. Strictly necessary cookies

Cookie Name Purpose More information
_xxxx_token This cookie is essential for our site to stop cross-site request forgery.
_xxxx_xxxx_session This cookie is essential for our site to identify a specific user and recognize you when you return to our site.
session_last_active_at This cookie is essential for our site to track if a user can be given cached content.


B. Analytical/performance cookies

Cookie name Purpose More information

We use Google Analytics software to collect anonymised information about how you use FutureLearn. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site.

You can read more about the Google Analytics developer guidelines or opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

_ga Google Analytics: used to distinguish users Expires: 2 years
_gid Google Analytics: used to distinguish users Expires: 24 hours
_gat Google Analytics: Used to throttle request rate Expires: 1 minute
_gac_UA-* Google Analytics: Contains campaign related information for the user Expires: 90 days
ajs_anonymous_id Google Analytics
ajs_group_id Google Analytics


C. Targeting Cookies

The online advertising industry provides websites from which you may opt-out of receiving targeted advertising from advertisers, their data partners and other advertising partners that participate in self-regulatory programs. You can use the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out tool, and the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out tool, which will allow you to opt out of seeing targeted ads from their members.

EU users who have provided their consent to our use of cookies and similar technologies to process their personal information can use the EDAA’s opt-out tool which can be found at

Cookie name Purpose More information
_fbp, _fbc Used by Facebook to deliver advertising Expires: 3 months
_sm_au, _sm_au_c Used by Google to deliver advertising
You can opt out of seeing personalised ads from Google.


D. Adobe Flash Cookies

Our Website may display video content using Adobe Flash Player. Adobe uses Flash cookies (also known as Local Shared Objects) to help improve your experience as a Visitor or Learner and save your preferences. Flash cookies are stored on your device in much the same way as usual cookies, but your browser manages them differently. If you wish to disable or delete a Flash cookie, see Adobe Flashplayer Security Settings. Please bear in mind, though, that if you disable Flash cookies for the Website you may be unable to access certain elements of the Website and Online Courses and Content.


E. Third Party Cookies

Our Partner Institutions may also use cookies over which we have no control. For further information on how our Partner Institutions use cookies please refer to the cookies policies on their respective websites.

3. How to manage cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit

Last reviewed on 11th November 2019