Start-Up Success

Next course: December 6

Build a successful business. A must-do course if you’re interested in being your own boss – no matter your experience.

Nationally Accredited

100% Free

A Two Week Course

Live Virtual Classroom

Ongoing Support

Level 2 Qualification

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Course Description

Starting a business can seem overwhelming and complicated. There are so many things you have to consider, from coming up with an excellent idea to registering a company, all the way to business planning, fundraising…and much more. This course will give you the clarity and direction that every entrepreneur should have.

This course will give you a solid understanding of how to start your own successful business.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Identify a range of potential business start-up ideas and use market research to validate them
    • Understand the market and how to develop a brand for your business start-up
    • Develop marketing strategies for promoting your business
    • Recognise the difference between cash, profit and cash flow and understand how to manage customers and suppliers
    • Create a business plan for your business start-up, as well a suitable contingency plan

Course Length: This is a two week course. It runs full time from 9:30am – 4:30pm (with a one hour lunch break).

Course Dates: December 6

Free Course for: Anyone who is unemployed and aged 19 or over who has been living in the European Union for the last 3 years

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Creating a Business Start-Up

Certified Awarding Body: NCFE


How this course is structured

Each day you will have two live, interactive Zoom sessions with our experienced and dynamic tutor: From 9:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 4:30pm.

Course Content
  • Unit 1: Initial steps for a business start-up

In this introductory unit, you’ll learn the initial steps for setting up a business start-up. You’ll explore the different types of business ownership, develop ideas for your business start-up and work out what resources are required to get up and running.

  • Unit 2: Marketing for a business start-up

Learn how to take your business idea to market. In this unit, you’ll discover how to use market research, branding and promotional strategies to position your business in the market. You’ll also explore different pricing strategies and create a medium-term pricing plan for your business.

  • Unit 3: Legal and financial considerations for a business start-up

In this unit, you’ll gain an understanding of the legal and financial factors that will affect your business start-up idea, including tax requirements, employment legislation, data protection regulations, and copyright legislation. You’ll also learn the difference between cash, turnover and profit and how to effectively deal with customers and suppliers.

  • Unit 4: Developing a business plan

Take the knowledge you learn and apply it creating your own business plan. This unit is designed to provide you with an understanding of business planning and will guide you through creating a final business plan for your business start-up.

Are you eligible to complete this qualification for free?

This qualification is 100% government funded if:

  • You were born before the 31st August 2002
  • You must currently live in England. However, anyone living in the following areas is not eligible for funding: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England
  • You have lived in the European Union for the last 3 years (unless you have have been given a special Visa/Residence permits that gives you the permanent right to remain)
  • Are Unemployed and can provide evidence (Subject to eligibility)
  • Can provide Identifications and relevant documentation as required
  • If on the 31st of August 2020, you were aged between 19-23, you need to have gained a full level 2 qualification (e.g. five or more GCSE/O-Levels at grades A* – C / 4 – 9, one A-Level, two/three AS-Levels, five or more CSE grade 1’s, GNVQ Intermediate, QCF Diploma Level 2)

Why Learn with Us

A fully certified and nationally accredited qualification

100% government funded - you don't pay anything! (Check your eligibility.)

Ongoing and comprehensive one-to-one support from an expert assessor

Comprehensive employment support service

The courses take place on Zoom, in a virtual classroom setting - live with your tutor and other learners.
All our courses are free for those who are employed and unemployed, subject to eligibility.
No, you don’t need to attend our training center for any of our Home Learning courses. (Note that under normal circumstances we deliver various classroom-based courses from our training centers in Croydon, Harrow and Tottenham - learn more at
Yes, anyone who is unemployed can enroll on any of our courses, subject to eligibility.
You can enroll on one course at a time, but you can do as many as you like to achieve your career goals. We are happy to give you information, advice and guidance on any courses you wish to complete.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognized certification on achievement.
All our Home Learning courses are assignment based, you will need to complete assignments for each of the units of the qualifications and submit them to your assessor.
Yes, there are further courses that will become available in due course, we will be keeping our website updated regularly, but if you would like to be notified please email us at
We continually try to make learning simple and transparent. Learning through our online platform is incredibly easy and you can navigate around your qualification quickly and access all the learning materials as soon as you login. Your studying should be about what you learn, not how you learn it. Which is why we make the entire process as simple as possible to help you adjust to learning online.
The general certification process is normally from 6-8 weeks. However, due to the pandemic, the Awarding Bodies service has been impacted which can cause a delay. We are working hard to distribute all the certificates that we have received in a timely manner and we will send a text as soon as the certificates are ready. For all queries regarding certification please email us on When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.
Next Steps

Simply complete the short form on the right. You'll then immediately be able to complete your Fast-Track online registration.

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