About This Course
Do you dream of starting your own business; being your own boss and bringing your entrepreneurial ambitions to life, but struggle to know where to start or how to make your ideas a reality? You are not alone.
Fortunately, our Starting Your Own Business Level 3 course, can provide you with everything you need to get started. This impressive course has been exclusively designed for home study, meaning no matter what current work restrictions you face, you can easily mould this course around your obligations and achieve the qualifications you want.
In fact, we’ll send all of our course materials straight to your home (by mail or by email), making it possible for you to choose when, where and how you study. Similarly, how fast or how slow you complete the written assignments is up to you! You can essentially study on your own terms, at your own pace and do it free of deadlines, examinations and unnecessary stress.
All that is required is 80 hours of your time, and in less than a year you’ll: understand the key steps to consider when planning and creating a business (in order to minimise risk and maximise success); know how to market your business, identify your competition and use branding strategies, and know how to prepare for obstacles; cater to individual consumer needs and recognise venture opportunities.
From preparing to start a business, to understanding finance, marketing, staff recruitment and business plans; every element of this home based course seeks to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge so you can use it to establish your own business and become your own boss.
More importantly, it will help you to achieve a level of competency and comprehension that will ensure that the skills you develop over the course of your studies, will easily transfer into your entrepreneurial ambitions.
This course will:
- Enable you to learn from the comfort of your own home – no classes, no exams, no strict deadlines – all course materials will be sent straight to your home.
- Help you to achieve a healthy work-study balance – enabling you to fit your studies around your current work commitments.
- Allow you to study at a pace of your choosing – fast or slow, you will receive a full year to complete this course.
- Broaden your understanding and knowledge of the requirements needed to launch your own successful business.
- Raise your credentials.
Module 1: Preparing to Start Your Business
- Why start your own business?
- Character and motivation
- Before you start: managing yourself and planning
- Market research
- Sales and profits
- Financial planning
- Employing people
- Stock and asset management
Module 2: Defining Your Business
- Deciding on the form of your business (sole trader, partnership, limited company)
- How to decide what is best for you
- Setting goals for yourself
Module 3: Marketing
- Your product or service
- Value for money
- Segmenting your market
Module 4: Customers
- Identifying your potential customers
- Promoting your business
- Before sale
- After sale
Module 5: Finance
- Understanding your business finances
- Working with figures
- Break-event point
- Fixed and current assets
- Cash flow
- Sources of finance
- Managing your money
Module 6: Your Business Plan
- Why do you need a business plan?
- The format and structure of your business plan
- Yourself, your people. your values, your mission
- Your business model
- Your market
- Your competition
- Profit forecast
This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course syllabus. These will need to be submitted to and marked by your personal tutor, who will then supply you with valuable tips and advice which can be used to maximise your learning potential. No external examinations are required.
No previous knowledge or experience is needed in order to enrol onto this course, making it ideal for novices seeking to get their foot in the door and start their own business.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.
ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.
*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales
We may be a home course provider, but that doesn’t mean you ever have to feel alone in your studies. From our comprehensive study guides and course materials, to the dedicated support of our personal tutors and student support team; from the moment you enrol you can trust that help will always be on hand.
Our personal tutors are experts in their field, meaning you can readily access their expertise to help guide, instruct and enhance your studies. Our student support team are similarly readily available to take your queries and offer you their advice. Only one click away, they can support you on your journey to success.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:
- No interest charged on monthly payments
- No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
- Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
- We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
- Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
- We are open later than any other home learning provider
- As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
- All courses are fully accredited by Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
- 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.
If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!
All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!
This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.
There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to pay between 3-12 months depending on what you choose.
Unlike other providers, we do not charge interest and there are no credit checks or application forms to complete!
Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria you must be able to answer yes to the following:
- Your billing address is based in the UK
- You have a UK based bank account
- Bill payer must be 18 or above.
No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment is not up to scratch you can re-try as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.
No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.