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Business Start-up

Begin your journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur, with our flexible, practical Business Start-up online course which will help you to plan, establish and grow your own business.


Are you looking for a Business Start-up course that offers practical advice and develops skills vital to launching a thriving business? Or perhaps you’re already trading but want to grow the business of your dreams? 

Business Start-up is full of practical tips on how to plan, establish and grow your business. 

  • Part 1 – planning to start your own business 
  • Part 2 – succeeding with your own business

Part 1 explores if self-employment is right for you and provides the tools you need to consider your business idea in detail to develop a full business plan.

Part 2 covers topics vital to early success, including legal and financial issues, marketing and sales, customer service and quality. Both courses model good and bad practice using a series of engaging case studies.

For aspiring entrepreneurs, our Business Start-up course is the perfect way to turn ideas into reality, by building a solid business foundation.


Why study Business Start-up?

If you’ve started your own business, or are about to take the leap, our Business Start-up online course offers 24/7 access to flexible online resources full of informative, practical advice, plus up to 6 months support from a personal tutor.  

Through two distinct, yet complementary courses, Business Start-up covers insightful topics for every entrepreneur. On completion, you’ll be well equipped with the knowledge you need to make your business thrive. 

Our Business Start-up course is ideal if you:

  • Have a business idea, but want to learn how to turn it into reality. 
  • Want to explore if self-employment is right for you.
  • Would like to develop a thorough business plan.
  • Have launched your business and want to be aware of common pitfalls and how to build a strong foundation.
  • Enjoy learning about practical real-life examples. 
  • Need a flexible approach to study, to establish your fledgling business alongside other commitments. 

Future opportunities

  • Setting up your own business.
  • Building a strong business model.
  • Growing your business.
  • Studying Business A Level or higher level qualifications.

Course content

Part 1-  Planning to start your own business

  • Topic 1:  Is self-employment right for you?
  • Topic 2: Developing the business idea
  • Topic 3: Market research
  • Topic 4: Money matters
  • Topic 5: Sources of advice and support

Part 2 – Succeeding with your own business

  • Topic 1: Formalising your business
  • Topic 2: Finance
  • Topic 3: Marketing and selling
  • Topic 4: Customer service and quality

Study Business Start-up with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Assignments (called Progress Checks)  with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners. 

Meet Linda who is just one of our first-class business tutors:

I am passionate about business, both from an academic and practical point of view. I have been since I was the MD of a Young Enterprise company when I was 17. Since then I have had many jobs in industry, have helped many charities and, more recently, taught the subject. I have been in the classroom for over ten years, but also continue to support many small and new businesses to prosper. I believe that detailed feedback and encouragement to improve in small steps is the way to achieve educational potential. My qualifications include a BSc in Business Studies, MA in Organisational Behaviour, PCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and the graduate diplomas from several professional bodies including the Institute of Marketing.”

What you need to know


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • No formal qualifications
  • An ability to read and write in English


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 30 study hours, plus time for completing progress checks


  • Five progress checks in Course 1 – Planning to start your own business
  • Four progress checks in Course 2 – Succeeding with your own business
  • If the full course is completed you will do all nine progress checks


  • No additional set texts required


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to six  months from your date of enrolment if you complete the full course (Course 1 – three months; Course 2 – three months)
  • Progress check marking
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • DVD of video clips of conversations with four different small business owners

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