Gain credit towards a qualification in Business Management

The Open University has launched a new FutureLearn program of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which upon successful completion and combined with a linked Open University assessment module will earn you credit towards Business Management qualifications. The programs focus on Business and Finance Fundamentals.

The Business and Finance Fundamentals program - designed by the Open University Business School - will help you develop valuable skills for today’s business environment. These FutureLearn courses allow you the flexibility to study at your own pace while having regular contact and input from mentors and fellow students.
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How it works

The program consists of eight MOOCs. In order to complete the program you will need to:

  • Complete all of the MOOCs in the program, paying for an upgrade when offered this option on any MOOC. This entitles you to access the tests, which can lead to a Certificate of Achievement.
  • Please note, a Certificate of Achievement is awarded for a score of 70% or more in the tests – you only have one opportunity to take these tests, but you can delay taking them until you feel you are ready.
  • Successfully complete the Open University assessment module. 

On successful completion of the assessment module you will be awarded 30 credits which can count towards the standard, economics and marketing pathways of the BA (Hons) Business Management (Q91), Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (W51) and the Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (T27). Click on each qualification above to find out more about fees, entry requirements and qualification regulations. 

You can find more information about the assessment module on our website. The fee for the assessment module in England will be £699.

If you wish to study this module as part of an OU qualification, please contact us to find out if you might be eligible for a Part-Time Tuition Fee loan to finance your study.

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Eligibility for undergraduate tuition fee loans in England

The cost of standalone MOOC study is free. The cost of purchasing the Certificates of Achievement for the MOOCs cannot be funded by an undergraduate Part-time Tuition Fee Loan. However, if the OU assessment module BXM191 is studied as part of a designated undergraduate qualification, you would be able to use a loan to pay for this module fee. You would need to apply for the loan for your qualification before you commence the OU assessment module BXM191.

Before you start you should also check:
  • That you meet the entry criteria of the qualification you intend to study.
  • The pricing of your proposed OU qualification in your home country.
  • Your eligibility for the undergraduate Part-time Tuition Fee Loan if applicable.

Business Fundamentals

Are you a young professional looking to develop your fundamental business skills, either to increase your employability or secure a promotion? If so, this program is for you. It will provide an introduction to undergraduate-level study in business or management. Business Fundamentals consists of the following MOOCs:

  • Project management
  • Customer engagement
  • Effective networking
  • Effective communication.

Certificates of Achievement from all eight MOOCs in the Business Fundamentals and Finance Fundamentals programs enable you to register for the assessment module and gain credit towards our Business Management qualifications.

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Finance Fundamentals

If you have an interest in developing your financial awareness, accounting, or economics and are thinking about undergraduate level study in business or management then this program is for you. The program starts from your own financial situation before broadening out to cover the financial sector itself. Finance Fundamentals consists of the following MOOCs:

  • Personal financial planning and budgeting
  • Managing the household balance sheet
  • Investment theory and practice
  • Financial services after the banking crisis.
For more information on these courses visit FutureLearn.