Foundation Online – Amateur Radio Training

As part of our quest to make it easier for new people to get into the hobby, Essex Ham offers a free Foundation Online Amateur Radio Training Course. Please take a look at the following short video to find out more about our course:

Our Internet-based amateur radio training courses launched in 2015 and is designed to help newcomers to get started in the hobby. We’ve now had over 11,000 people enrol, and our pass rate is running close to 99%.

Online Amateur Radio Training?

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  • Do you want to study at home? Our free distance-learning course could be for you
  • Lead a busy life? Study at a time that suits you, without the need to travel
  • Want to know what the exam is like? Have a dry run using our  mock tests before taking the plunge
  • Already on a club’s course? Great – our online course can help with your revision
  • Need extra help? Struggling with a particular topic? Perhaps our videos or handouts can help?
  • Struggle to learn from a book? Our course is interactive, with videos, guides and online tutor support.
  • Can’t find a local club to help? No problem – study with us online from your computer, tablet, laptop or phone
  • The course is also useful for you if you can’t make regular courses, want to study at your own pace, or have a limited budget.
  • Best of all, our course is free, so you have nothing to lose!
Study and pass online

You can now study online for free, and take your exam online – no need to complete any practical assessments, or visit an approved exam venue or club. To enrol, visit Foundation Online Registration. If you prefer classroom-based teaching, many local clubs offer training courses and exams.

Fees: We don’t charge for our online training courses, but the RSGB charges an exam fee of £35.50.

The Foundation Online Course

Our online course is split into nine modules, each one with a full walkthrough of what you need to know for the syllabus, plus a short quiz at the end to help you to make sure it’s all going in.

The online Foundation course is supplemented by downloadable material, comprehensive videos and training slides, and much of the content is based on our popular (and free) Foundation Training Slides, as used by several clubs across the UK.

How does the course work?

  • Our course typically runs for three weeks (although a “fast track” option is available if you’re in a rush).
  • The course is split into nine modules, and we release a new module every two or three days.
  • The course lets you study when it’s suitable for you – no live lessons, and no need for a webcam.
  • Each module contains a section-by-section breakdown of what you need to know for that module, and ends with a short quiz
  • Each module also has a full video, so you can watch as we discuss the material and demonstrate how things work
  • You can take the modules whenever you want over the 3 weeks, although we recommend 1-2 hours of study per week – at a time to suit you
  • You’ll be working in an online classroom with other students, and have the option to ask questions of the tutor and chat with other students
  • At the end of the course, there’s a mock test, to see if you’d be ready to sit the actual exam

Want to join our course?


Apply for Foundation Online
If you are interested in joining an upcoming Foundation Online course, please complete the following form. We will then send you our course summary, and ask you to confirm your place. Please only complete this form if you are genuinely interested in studying online for the UK Foundation exam and can commit to at least 2 hours a week of online study for 3 weeks.

    Your Name:

    First name: Last name:

    Email Address:

    ( Enter carefully)

    Location (Town / City):

    Your Postcode:

    (first half is fine, e.g. "CM1")

    Country:

    Note that the Foundation licence can only be used in the UK.

    Your Age:

    When are you planning to take your Foundation exam?

    When would you like to start our course?

    Fast Track lets you start without waiting for the next course start date. All 9 modules are available straight away. This is for those in a rush or with an upcoming exam.
    As this involves extra work for us, there's a small fee for Fast Track access.

    If you're not sure when to start, we can keep your details on file until you're ready. We'll send you occasional emails to see when you want to start

    One of our standard free courses - 9 modules delivered over 3 week (spaces available)

    Please select your preferred start date

    Have you taken our course before?

    Why would you like to take the course again?

    Why are you interested in amateur radio?

    How did you hear about this course?

    Any other information?


    What happens next? After submitting, you will receive an automated email within 30 minutes – check the email and confirm your place. If you don’t see it, please check your spam folder, or contact us.

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    Our course uses an industry-standard Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver our amateur radio courses. Foundation Online has been designed by an RSGB Registered Trainer who has been involved with training for multiple amateur radio groups for over 10 years.

    Got a question?

    If you’ve got a question, check our Foundation Online Frequently-Asked-Questions section, or contact us.

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