MLA College has developed this short course focussing on the basics of finance for business.  This course will allow you to increase your knowledge and understanding of commercial business finance, develop your skills to both interpret and analyse financial statements, and make sound commercial decisions to both sustain and improve business efficiency.

This short video introduces you to Nigel Moody, the course lead, together with an outline of the content.


 Course Content

Nine lecture videos (three hours in total) addressing topics including corporate and business structures; financial accounting in practice; sources of business finance; measuring and managing financial performance and capital investment appraisal.  You are also provided with materials with which to check your learning.

 Why study this course?

  • On completing this course, you will be able to:
    Understand the three main financial statements (the Profit and Loss Account, the Balance Sheet and the Cash Flow Statement) and appreciate how they interrelate with each other.
  • Appreciate the key features, and benefits, to differing businesses of a variety of different financing options.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills for analysing financial statements. You will learn how and when to use each statement and will develop skills focussing on improving business performance.
  • Draw on proven techniques for undertaking capital investment appraisal, learn how and when to use these techniques and demonstrate the skills you need in order to make sound capital investment decisions.