Free innovation and enterprise e-course for 16-18 year olds

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, 16– 22November, Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics is launching an e-learning course for secondary school students, years 12 and 13.

The free six-week e-learning course has been developed by experts from the School of Business and Economics, and is exclusively for 16-18 year olds who have an interest in managing innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students will learn by watching videos, listening to audio, reading articles and engaging with other learners in discussion activities in an online forum.

A suite of inspiring video case studies has also been created specifically for this course, focusing on six University graduates who have all recently created successful businesses.

Students are expected to study between one and two hours a week for five to six weeks using a mobile, tablet or desktop computer.

This online degree-level course is aimed specifically at secondary students to help them prepare students for university level study, gain a University Certificate of Accomplishment and enhance CV and university applications.

Dr Julie Holland, Director of the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education and lecturer for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programmes in London said: “This course is intended for students who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and for people who have their own business ideas for products and services and want to take action to make these ideas a reality.

"This course will not only introduce students to some academic theory behind innovation and enterprise but will also provide practical skills needed to make the innovation process happen.”

The course is free of charge and will start on Monday 16 November 2015.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.