Online Course Explaining Visions and Opportunities of Starting a Business

This session University of Leeds is offering an open online version of course, ‘Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity.’ The course aimed at prospective undergraduate students both in the UK and internationally.

This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’ which teaches about a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. The 2-weeks course starts on September 5, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort:  2 hours pw
Subject: Business 1: Vision and Opportunity
Institution: University of Leeds and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on September 5, 2016

Providers’ Details 

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching. The aim is to create a student experience that is second to none and as part of this, online learning is increasingly important, even to its full-time campus-based students. The MOOCs will allow the University to explore new and different ways to provide online education.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course 

This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’. You can sign up to the other courses in this series through the Going to University collection.

A successful business starts with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider your vision and explore the opportunities available. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.

Why Take This Course? 

The course is very useful to all students. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management. Experts from a range of different disciplines will also contribute to the discussion and will provide a richness and diversity to the conversation. There will be quizzes and debates to explore the issues further and provide an opportunity for you to share your own reflections with Jon, our experts and other learners. Throughout the course you will join a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally.

Learning Outcomes 

This course helps in defining applicants’ vision and discover opportunities to make it happen.


Nigel Lockett

Professor of Enterprise at the University of Leeds.


No previous knowledge or experience of business or enterprise is required, just an interest in businesses and how they emerge. If you are new to learning online you will find it helpful to join Learning online: learning and collaborating prior to joining this course.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link.
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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