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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 »

Natasha Thomas

Natasha Thomas

Navigating a customer service career

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.
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