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.
No formal qualifications are necessary.
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:
Assessment is a mix of both exams and written tasks.
Learners who have successfully completed this Level 3 qualification meet the entry criteria for the following ABE Level 4 qualifications:
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.
As a Customer Service apprentice, Natasha Thomas sailed into a new career with classic narrow boat company Avante.
Her placement with the Willington firm – which involved helping run the office, liaising with customers from around the world, inspecting the boats and even driving them occasionally under supervision – led directly to the offer of a full-time job.
Natasha’s success was supported by the NVQ in Customer Service she took at Derby College during her placement.
I knew I wanted to work in customer service but in a role that was a bit different. I love this job. No day is ever the same and there’s always so much variety. My College tutor was really encouraging and regularly came to see me at Avante to go through my course work.