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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.”

At a glance


  • 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