The Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity course will help you define your vision and discover opportunities to make it happen. The 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.

About the course

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. Now is the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.

Aimed at prospective undergraduate students, University of Leeds’ courses benefit from being shaped by the latest research at the university and are presented by academics who are actively engaged in pioneering research. They will help students learn 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.


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.

What you will learn

This course is part of a collection from the University of Leeds which has 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 for when developing your university application.

Throughout the course you will be part of a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally.

Each course 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

About the instructor

Nigel Lockett is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School. He is a senior academic, experienced manager, entrepreneur and community leader. Nigel is a past president of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and currently a member of the Small Business Charter management board. Before joining Lancaster University, he worked as a professor at the Leeds University Business School.

Starting date:  7 November, 2016

Duration:  2 weeks, 2 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors:  Nigel Lockett

Institution: University of Leeds