A successful business relies on processes and information systems; it is important that an entrepreneur pays close attention to how their business works and how performance can be improved so that they are in a position to take it forward and manage growth. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business while studying, this free online course will help you consider how to grow your business. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others, and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.

About the course

This course is the fourth 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.

Aimed at prospective undergraduate students both in the UK and internationally, the University of Leeds' online courses provide a ‘taster’ of undergraduate study at the university. The courses benefit from being shaped by the latest research from the institution and are presented by academics who are actively engaged in pioneering research. They will inspire students to think critically and develop their knowledge and analytical skills. The course can be used as a wider classroom or enrichment resource or can be used independently by students to discover more about the subject area. Each course provides flexible study and benefits from online discussions with other learners.

What you will learn

This course is part of a collection from the University of Leeds which have been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. All of the courses will help to enrich and extend your knowledge in a specific topic and develop your transferable skills. These courses will help you with making decisions about which subject to study at university and will give you examples and evidence when developing your university application. 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. Each course is designed to complement your existing studies and aims to:

  • provide evidence for UCAS applications and prepare you for university
  • help you to gain new skills, think critically and learn independently
  • encourage online / social learning
  • develop collaboration and analytical skills
  • embed current research into your online learning

For information about degrees available at the University of Leeds, please visit the course finder website.


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.

About the instructor

Steve King is senior lecturer at the Leeds Enterprise Centre. His research focuses on the adoption of new technology by organisations and the impacts therein. He is fascinated by the potential of MOOCs.

Starting date: 06 March, 2017

Duration: 2 weeks, 2 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Steve King

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds GET DETAILS/SIGN UP