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Short Courses for Entrepreneurs

At UCL Advances, we offer a wide range of courses and programmes for entrepreneurs, small-to-medium-size businesses and UCL staff and students. Located in the heart of London, UCL offers the ideal learning environment for those who want to boost their understanding of business in a global context. Taught by a range of leading business figures, the UCL Short Courses for Entrepreneurs offers access to unrivalled perspectives on an interconnected world.

Short Courses for Entrepreneurs provides CPD-accredited training in key business areas for academics and professionals, in a dynamic, engaging learning environment. 

Whatever level you’re at, you’ll find a course that suits you, providing accessible, comprehensive content that matches your current expertise and training needs.

"Found the course brilliant- immensely useful! By far the best course either of us have been on so far, really recommend for all managers!" – Leadership & Management

Luka Blackman-Gibbs, Head of NACUE Create, October 2013

What benefits do they offer?

  • for small businesses and start-ups
    You’ll learn key strategies to evolve your business, develop your business skills, and achieve success in both the short and long term.
  • for staff and postgraduate students
    You’ll gain essential insights into the business environment; learn effective communication to business audiences, and learn the fundamentals for starting your own company.

External Accreditation


The majority of UCL Advances short courses have been accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

This service helps organisations provide certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and acts as a point of contact for those seeking to obtain certified CPD material.

It supports further learning initiatives being undertaken by Government, professional institutions, trade associations, individual organisations and other training providers.

Each of our courses have been submitted for assessment by a member of an independent panel of educationalists and technical experts and the majority have subsequently been awarded CPD Certification status.

Please note: All attendees will receive a ‘certificate of attendance’ from UCL Advances. CPD certificates are issued on request with your completed self-assessment record printed on the back (this will be given to you at the end of the course by the administrator). Both of these certificates will only be issued with a minimum of 80% course attendance.

ILM Development Award Accreditation

The short course 'Leadership and Management' has also been certified as an ILM Development Award.

The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) is the UK’s largest management body, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services.

ILM is founded on the principle that skilled managers and leaders hold the key to creating productive workforces that deliver organisational and economic success. Their qualifications and membership services combine to drive up the standards of leadership and management and improve individual and team performance.

UCL Advances has absorbed the initial accreditation programme fee and you (the attendee) would pay the certification fee of £48. This fee includes:

  • ILM Development Award certification
  • Full 6 months studying membership to the ILM

The ILM provide a range of resources, information and advice for leaders and managers who are studying on an ILM programme. These have been carefully selected to support and supplement your learning with ILM, and drive your further development.