Learn with Start Up LoansA partnership designed to help UK businesses get off the ground and stay there.
The courses provide a rich source of vital information for anyone who’s new to being their own boss, as well as would-be business owners who are considering taking the plunge.
Covering digital skills to bookkeeping and accounting, the courses are designed to help business owners understand more about the key aspects of running a business – from the day-to-day to growing a venture.
Alongside the business essentials, you can now find courses focusing on climate and sustainability, mental health and wellbeing, as well as trauma and grief.
Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality
Using case studies, this course will take you through the decisions you will need to make when building a business.
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting
Learn about the essential numerical skills that are required for accounting and bookkeeping.
Introducing environmental decision-making
This course considers decisions in their broader contexts and advocates a systems approach to environmental decision-making.
Effective communication in the workplace
This course aims to increase your understanding of communication skills and how other people perceive your communication.
Work and mental
This course looks at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.
What is strategy?
This course defines strategy and strategy-related terms and examines Mintzberg’s five Ps framework.
This course encourages you to look across your organisation, at your place within it and the value you create.
Improving your own learning and performance
Learn to recognise, use and adapt your skills confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts.
Climate change – transitions to sustainability
This course charts some of the ways in which we can become more environmentally sustainable.
Frequently asked questions
OpenLearn is a free learning platform, delivered by The Open University as part of its Royal Charter commitment to support the wellbeing of the community. We’re proud to say that it reaches over 13.5m learners a year.
You will find almost 1,000 free courses, topical and interactive content, videos and online games on OpenLearn.
There are nearly 1000 courses on OpenLearn, all of which are currently free to study.
OpenLearn courses cover a wide range of subjects taught across the OU curriculum. Many are based on Open University course materials while others are written specifically for OpenLearn.
All courses enable you to earn a Statement of participation and some also allow you to earn a free digital badge. You can use your badge or statement of participation to share your achievement with others although they do not carry any formal credit towards a qualification.
Start Up Loans was established in September 2012, with a mission to help new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support to start and grow. We’re a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and deliver the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.
For more information, visit Start Up Loans Frequently Asked Questions.