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The Open University

Business and Finance Fundamentals

The Open University via FutureLearn Program


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The Business and Finance Fundamentals program will help you develop valuable skills for today’s business environment.

From communicating with customers to managing projects with success, creating financial plans to weighing up investment options, you’ll gain an awareness of a wide range of business and finance areas, which will boost your effectiveness at work today and your long-term employability tomorrow.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the eight courses in this program provide a flexible way to support and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website.

Academic credit

If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. The start dates of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available here.

Please note, due to the availability of some of the courses in this program, it will not be possible to complete the assessment course if you are enrolling as a new learner now.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Business Fundamentals: Project Management
-Gain the basic skills to manage all phases of project lifecycles effectively, using the most appropriate methods and tools.

Course 2: Business Fundamentals: Customer Engagement
-Learn how to design business and marketing activities to engage customers through relationships instead of one-off sales.

Course 3: Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking
-Discover how improving your business networking can enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities.

Course 4: Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication
-Gain a practical grounding in communication to boost your personal effectiveness, save you time, and reduce your stress levels.

Course 5: Finance Fundamentals: Financial Planning and Budgeting
-With household budgets feeling the pinch this course shows how to bring order to your finances and make good financial decisions.

Course 6: Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice
-Look at the investment choices open to you, and the risks and returns of each. Start managing your financial future effectively

Course 7: Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet
-Discover how to effectively manage household assets and liabilities in order to improve your household financial health.

Course 8: Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking Crisis
-Explore the UK financial services landscape, how financial firms and products are regulated, and how consumers are protected.


Taught by

Giacomo Carli, Haider Ali, Terry O'Sullivan, Hilary Collins and Martin Upton


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