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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 4.00

Start: 26/09/2016

Days / Times: Thursday 16:30 to 20:45

Tuition (£): 724.00*

Concessions: 724.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The ABE Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-Up (QCF) is designed to equip learners to start their own small business.

Learners will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with starting a small business. They will learn how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, research the market, raise finance, and produce a business plan.

They will also be introduced to the key areas of managing a business, such as finance, customer relations, sales and marketing, and managing resources, including developing an understanding of how they themselves can be an effective resource for their business.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are necessary.

Course Content

This qualification consists of four mandatory units, each worth six QCF credits. Learners must achieve all these units, totalling 24 credits, in order to gain the qualification:

  • Understanding a business start-up idea
  • Understanding the functional areas of a business start-up
  • Managing resources for a business start-up
  • Preparing a business plan for a business start-up

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a mix of both exams and written tasks.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Further study

Learners who have successfully completed this Level 3 qualification meet the entry criteria for the following ABE Level 4 qualifications:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Business Management (QCF) (includes Financial Management and Management of Information Systems pathways)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Business Start-Up and Entrepreneurship (QCF)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Human Resource Management (QCF)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Marketing Management (QCF)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management (QCF)

ABE has progression agreements with over 80 universities worldwide, providing a cost-effective route to a Bachelors or Masters degree. Learners who complete an ABE Level 4 qualification may choose to take advantage of this option to begin a university degree, or they may continue to study higher level ABE qualifications which provide access to the second or final year of a Bachelors degree.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Daniel Ranby

Daniel Ranby

Business student turned entrepreneur

Daniel Ranby is pursuing his dreams in the business world, and doing a good job of catching them up. The former Derby College student told our Alumni Team about his time at College, his latest business venture and his tips to succeed in business.Daniel graduated from Derby College with a Business Studies qualification under his belt and plenty of ambition."The Business Studies course made me more open minded. It was my initial insight into what is really involved in running my own business and what it takes to succeed." Daniel had big plans for his future, but it wasn't until he started studying that he was able to begin shaping them into something that could make money.Today, our entrepreneurial former student runs his own extremely successful business, which he built from scratch. Commercial Consultants is a recruitment consultancy specialising in the engineering, operations and business management sectors of the transport industries. "I started my business with only two computers. My ex-business partner put in £800. I've been running the business for eleven years now and I bought out my partner four years ago. I have full control over all aspects of the business, from the profit and loss to the planning and strategy."Daniel describes his journey as "Starting up from a blank piece of paper and having to make everything happen from scratch," something which he is understandably proud of, but more so because his business is now "achieving over 3.5 million in revenue." We asked Daniel what it takes to succeed in the business world: "A lot of drive is required and the ability to bounce back is a must." He is currently looking forward to starting another business.

"I always wanted to run my own business, and Derby College gave me the insight I needed."

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