Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
This qualification is designed for learners seeking the skills and knowledge needed to develop a business start-up. The course will focus on the study of starting a business and support learners in creating a business plan.
Who is the course suitable for?
It will give learners an understanding of the initial processes and requirements of a business start-up, knowledge of the first steps in creating a business start-up, including the marketing, legal and financial requirements, and an understanding of how to write a business plan.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should complete the course within 9 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of two modules:
- Initial steps for business start-up, Marketing for business start-up
- Legal and financial considerations for a business start-up, Developing a business plan
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications, including Apprenticeships and Diplomas in Business and Administration and Business Skills.