Creative Problem Solving

Come up with fresh, innovative ideas to solve real-world problems.

Course Director: Vaughan Clark

History & Art History Teacher, Eton College
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Course overview

Our Creative Problem Solving Course will help you to come up with many innovative ideas, craft those ideas and apply them in your own life. You will also develop your skills in creative expression, both verbally and visually, and learn how to see problems from different perspectives. This course will equip you with a creative process that you can apply in academic and work contexts or when pursuing your own personal creative projects



Exploring and Investigating

  • The link between curiosity and creativity
  • The Five Whys
  • Exploring creative solutions


Generating Ideas

  • Understanding original thinkers
  • Divergent thinking
  • Techniques for playing around with possibilities and making connections


Crafting and Improving

  • Convergent thinking for evaluating ideas
  • Seeing problems from different perspectives
  • Giving and receiving feedback


Being Persistent

  • Risk and failure
  • Continuous development and improvement
  • Why creative projects fail


Sharing Ideas

  • Power of words
  • Visual design techniques
  • Being brave about sharing ideas


Reflecting Critically

  • Analysing the creative process
  • Reflecting on challenges

Creative Problem Solving – learning outcomes


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • develop curiosity for creative problem-solving
  • generate lots of ideas
  • be playful with your ideas
  • refine and develop your ideas
  • take risks and learn from mistakes
  • persist with creative ideas
  • develop your visual and verbal creativity.

Study options


Self-paced, independent learning that students complete at their own pace.

This is a flexible option which students can fit around school and other extracurricular commitments.

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  • 7–10 hours of learning materials
  • Diagnostic test to measure skill level
  • Progress dashboard
  • Certificate of completion

Important information


As part of our rigorous safeguarding procedures, all EtonX tutors and staff have passed an enhanced DBS check and child safeguarding course.

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Entry requirements

The minimum level of English required to participate in our courses is Upper Intermediate or B2 on the CEFR.

I used to think I am not creative and can never come up with any creative ideas because I don’t have a talent for it. I thought I was much better at logical thinking. However, I have learnt some techniques for how to approach the creative thinking process logically and was able to become more creative as a result.
Misuzu, Creative Problem Solving, Japan

Free access for state schools

If you’re a state school student in the UK aged 13 or over, you get free access to all of our courses. No catch. Start building your skills today!

Not in the State Sector?

Don't worry - you can still purchase a 12 month subscription! Individual and bulk school licence purchases are available.

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