Taught course

Evaluating financial performance (online short course)

Open University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements.

The course will require around 10 hours to complete. You can begin at any time during the life of the course and study at your own pace.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will help you to analyse published financial information in a meaningful way. It deals with performance measures that can be calculated from information in published, audited financial statements of a business or public sector organisation. You'll also learn about the measures of profitability, efficiency, financial sustainability and financial results.

You will learn to:

  • calculate the main financial ratios that can be derived from published financial statements
  • draw some conclusions about an organisation based on these common performance measures
  • recognise the limitations of such performance measures
  • apply your learning to any organisation you are interested in.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CPD
    0.1 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
End-of-course quiz100

Course contact details

The Open University