Business Start Up

If you’re looking to start your own business, or already have a business but want to develop and progress your business plan, this qualification will support you with the skills and knowledge you need.


Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Business Start Up

Qualification aims and objectives

Over half a million businesses are started every year; however, 30% of these fail within the first two years. Having a better understanding of the initial processes and requirements of a business start-up can increase the chances of your business succeeding.

This qualification will:

  • Focus on the study of starting a business
  • Support learners in creating a business plan.

The objective of this qualification is to:

  • Gain an understanding of the steps of creating and developing a business start-up
  • Develop an awareness of business skills
  • Increase self-awareness and aid personal development.

Course units

To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate, learners are required to successfully complete four mandatory units.

Initial steps for a business start-up

The aim of this unit is to help learners understand the initial steps of a business start-up. Learners will understand how to develop business startup ideas, understand business ownership and work out what resources are required to develop a business start-up

Marketing for a business start-up

The aim of this unit is to help learners understand the market their business start-up idea will be positioned in and how to use market research to support the business start-up. Learners will understand how to develop a successful marketing strategy.

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the legal and financial factors that will affect the business start-up.

Developing a business plan

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of business planning and how to apply their theoretical knowledge to develop a final business plan.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

Develop your skills

88% of our learners say our courses have equipped them with vital skills to help them progress in their working life.

Launch or advance your career

Build up enough knowledge, skills and confidence to transition into a new career.

Improve your CV

Level 2 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.



Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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