Open University program

Business and Finance Fundamentals

Develop your fundamental business and finance skills, with the prospect of earning level 1 credit towards a Business Management BA

Business and Finance Fundamentals

Boost your employability, with the prospect of earning credit at Level 1 of The Open University’s Business Management BA degree

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.

Academic credential program

Holders of FutureLearn Certificates of Achievement for all eight courses can earn 30 UK credits towards The Open University Business School’s BA in Business Management by passing a linked Open University assessment course (requiring separate OU registration and fee).

Duration
32 weeks recommended learning
22 week assessment course
Price
$592 USD (course costs)
£699 GBP (assessment cost)
Overview
8 courses + 1 assessment
Credential
30 UK credits which can count towards The Open University's BA (Hons) Business Management

What skills will I learn?

When you successfully complete the program, you will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of business and finance;
  • analyse problems in business and finance and recommend plausible solutions;
  • communicate and use information in a way appropriate to your subject, purpose and audience;
  • use digital tools and numerical skills for learning and working;
  • and articulate and engage with relevant professional and ethical issues in business and finance.

Courses on this program

8 courses + 1 assessment

How does our pricing work?

Start Learning Free
$592 USD - Course Upgrades
£699 GBP - Final Assessment

Can I learn for free?

Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

However, if you want to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade each individual course or buy Unlimited to gain a Certificate of Achievement for all the courses in the program.

How do course upgrades work?

If you want to spend more time on course material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get ongoing access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You will also be given access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable and printed Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

How does Unlimited work?

If you have Unlimited, you will get access to all of the short courses in this program, plus hundreds of other short courses and tests for a year.

You have the ability to learn at your own pace throughout the year and gain digital Certificates of Achievement on all your courses.

If you gain a certificate on a course, you will keep access to the course’s content beyond your Unlimited year so you can revise the content whenever you need.

Unlimited costs $269 for a year. Find out more about Unlimited.

What is the final assessment?

The final assessment is designed to rigorously test your understanding of the subject. This test is marked by experts and enables you to demonstrate your learning to yourself and to employers.

The assessment is summative and may include a multiple-choice test, or tutor-marked assignment.

Passing the final assessment unlocks the academic or professional recognition associated with completing an entire FutureLearn program, plus a FutureLearn Award.

To be eligible for the final assessment, you must upgrade on each individual course or buy Unlimited and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program. The final assessment must be purchased separately.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

Delivered by expert academics

The Business and Finance Fundamentals program has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Accredited by EOCCS

This program is accredited by EOCCS, the first international quality benchmark for online courses in business and management education.