Business & Marketing - Online Courses

Thinking about starting your own business or do you need to grow and manage your existing business? If you’re one of the UK’s latest founders and entrepreneurs or looking to learn new skills to take your business forward, we can help you to reach your goals.

Our courses will teach you everything you need to know from setting yourself up your company, creating a business plan, managing your accounts, developing your brand, and understanding analytics. We will also teach you how to create a strong online presence by creating your own website and growing your brand through digital marketing and social media strategies

You can also learn how to create your first podcast or vlog on YouTube and show you how to start an effective content strategy. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll show you how to promote and present your business with confidence.

Our tutors are highly qualified industry professionals with years of teaching at City Lit and many other academic institutes. Our interactive courses will help you reach your goals regardless of your existing experience.

We’ve designed our courses to suit modern life, with part-time online courses available online in daytime, evening, and weekend formats. For more information about our tutor-led interactive online courses please see our guide to online learning.

Our business and marketing courses are designed to help you enter employment, advance or reskill in career or start your own business. Currently they are free if you are on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA), or you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy, or receiving other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take-home pay is below £343.

Browse our business and marketing courses below and enrol today!

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  1. City Lit Pro: introduction to Mobile Marketing Strategy

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Mobile is arguably the most personal, targeted, and relevant marketing channel available. This course teaches you how to create and run engaging mobile marketing campaigns using today’s mobile technology.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  2. Customising a WordPress website

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course will teach you the necessary CSS skills to further customise a WordPress website. You will use this knowledge together with the WordPress post types to create a sleek and modern website.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Video blogging with YouTube

    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to create a video blog (vlog) in your own YouTube channel. Use YouTube full capabilities as social network, video editor and publisher. Edit and enhance your videos with effects and music using open source software Shotcut. Share and connect your channel with other channels and social networks.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

  4. Instagram for business: intermediate

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a follow on course from 'Instagram for business: introduction' which is designed to expand your skills in using Instagram for business even further.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Podcasting: introduction

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to create your own podcast? This is your chance to develop your ideas into a fully-fledged podcast which you will produce in this course.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  6. Social media manager skills: introduction

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course is aimed at beginners who are looking to develop their social media skills to manage someone else’s social media account. Learn how to develop a business’s social media.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  7. Instagram for business: introduction

    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to use Instagram, the visual social media site, to market your business and communicate with your customers.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  8. City Lit Pro: implementing a content strategy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This hands-on course will teach you the pillars of an effective content strategy. Identifying specific groups of users, developing key messages and content based on their needs and interests.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  9. Social media for business: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical advanced course is aimed at people who want to enhance their social media skills to get the best return on investment (ROI) from social media.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  10. Introduction to TEDx Talks

    Course Date: Tue 9 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how TEDx event’s work, with tips on how to craft, pitch and present a talk, by TEDx speaker Gavin Freeborn Bit.ly/TEDxFEx. Skills and knowledge can also be used for other presentations.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Create your elevator pitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to introduce yourself and what you do. With a good pitch, you can avoid rambling, sound professional, and introduce your business with confidence when someone asks 'What do you do?'.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Grow in confidence with networking - for work and business

    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you one of the estimated 90% of people who find networking daunting and difficult? If so, discover the easy way to network, and reap the benefits in your work or business life.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Introduction to social media data analytics

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how recognise, analyse, present and use data on the social media channels most commonly used by organisations.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Social media for business: introduction

    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course is aimed at beginners who are looking to develop their social media skills for personal use or to promote their business. Learn how social media can be used to communicate with your target audience.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  15. Online marketing: a detailed introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A popular course that provides an in-depth look at the tools and techniques you can use to market your business on the internet. Examine Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), web advertising with Google AdWords and social media marketing among other topics, along with the management tools needed to measure success.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

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