This series of online courses are perfect if you want to get a taste of undergraduate study in business. These online courses will take you on a journey to show you what it is like to start your own business and you will explore key business concepts.
Individual taster courses
Starting a business 1: vision and opportunity
This online course will help you understand how to define a business vision and discover opportunities to make it happen. The course will introduce you to the entrepreneurial learning cycle and how to write a robust business plan.
Starting a business 2: people and networks
On this online course, you will discover how working with people and exploring networks can help take businesses to the next level. It will help you to recognise the people who can help take business ideas forward in both formal and informal business networks.
Starting a business 3: customers and competitors
This online course will develop your understanding of how targeting markets can help business ideas stand out from the crowd. You will learn how to understand and analyse markets to find the market size and growth potential.
Starting a business 4: business processes
On this online course, you will discover how business practices work, how performance can be improved so that business ideas can move forward and how to manage growth. You will then investigate the information and systems required to track business processes.
Starting a business 5: managing finances
This online course introduces you to forecasting and managing finances and how this can lead to a more profitable business. You will explore how financial information provides evidence to support decisions about businesses and how it helps to justify those decisions.
Starting a business 6: funding your business
This online course introduces you to the importance of raising funds when starting a business. You will learn which source of funding is the most suitable for different business ideas, from informal funding methods such as personal savings to more formal avenues like bank loans.