This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of starting a small business
The objectives of the course are to enable students to:
Examine the skill required to become an entrepreneur
Understand how to develop a business idea and decide on the type of business structure
Plan a business taking account of external and regulatory factors
Conduct a market analysis
Compose a business plan and marketing plan
The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.
Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.
At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 2 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The course will take around 90 hours of study to complete.
Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:
Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course
Assignment marking & feedback
Please refer to current price list
This course consists of six units of study:
Unit 1 Is Entrepreneurship for You?
So you want to be an Entrepreneur
What does it take to be an Entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurial Business Skills
Entrepreneurship – Advantages and Disadvantages
Unit 2 What is Entrepreneurship?
What is a Small Business?
What is Business Management?
Different types of Business Structures
About your Business Idea
Developing a Business Idea
Unit 3 Planning for your Business
Legal Requirements for your Type of Business
Protecting your Idea
Opportunities in Your Environment
Identifying the Competition
What is a SWOT Analysis?
Unit 4 Analysing your Marketplace
Supply and Demand
Unit 5 Funding your Business
The Business Plan
Elements of the Business Plan
Unit 6 The Marketing Plan
The Nature of the Marketing Plan
Characteristics of a Marketing Plan
About the Marketing Plan
Preparing a Marketing Plan