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ABE Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up

Every business starts with a great idea, but that’s not enough to guarantee success. Behind the scenes, it takes planning, hard work and market research to get an idea off the ground. The Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up is designed to make setting up a business simple. It provides the practical information and support you need to write your business plan, analyse your competitors and pitch your idea to investors. Running a business day-to-day can be challenging, but this qualification will help budding entrepreneurs to find out what they’re capable of.

What is ABE?

ABE provides professional business qualifications that can lead to career development or further study. Operating in over 100 countries worldwide, ABE is regulated by Ofqual, which regulates courses and exams in England.

Is this distance learning course right for me?

You don’t need to come from a business background to think about starting your own company. In fact, you may already have some of the entrepreneurial skills you need. This qualification is ideal for anyone looking to improve their knowledge or become self-employed. If you’re unemployed, it can also open up new opportunities. The ABE Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up can be applied to every type of business.

You’ll complete this course through distance learning, which means you won’t need to travel to a college and can follow your own flexible timetable. 

Requirements for course entry

You don’t need to have any business qualifications to start this course, but we recommend that learners have at least a C grade in GCSE Maths and English, or similar.

Overview of the ABE Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up

To launch a lucrative business, you’ll need to assess your market and reduce risk. This qualification will help you to refine your business idea, react to customer feedback and build your brand. You’ll study modules that will guide you through the start-up process. Writing an effective business plan will make managing your cash flow and allocating your resources, straightforward.

What can I do once I have successfully completed the ABE Certificate in Business Start-up?

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have an understanding of some of the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship. You’ll also have the confidence to apply your skills to a new job, set up your own company, or go on to university study. 

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, there is Government funding available for doing this course...

You can choose to fund this course privately, yourself, or you could get a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Stonebridge has partnered with Dimensions Training Solutions, who are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. Through Dimensions Training Solutions, you can access your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, if you meet the criteria. The two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.

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Would a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan make any difference to my course?

Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, "Dimensions Training Solutions" deliver your course and it does offer considerably more than the same one without the 19+ funding loan.

Enhanced course content

Six Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) modules are embedded in the content of your course: Maths, English, Digital Life Skills, Confidence, Resilience and Meeting Deadlines.

You can choose to study a further four: Workplace Ready, Initiative, Teamwork and Problem Solving. These are all designed to boost your personal skill level and help your career progression.

Additional personal support

A Student Support Officer (SSO) will be assigned to you, so you have a single point of contact throughout your course to support you with any admin issues.

Dimensions Training Solutions regularly update the SFA with details of study hours, and evidence of learning, in order to responsibly account for your course funding.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan with a set "finish date" and your SSO is there to encourage and help you stay on course. This is in addition to your Assessor, who assesses your work and provides personal constructive feedback.

The difference between courses funded by 19+ loan and privately funded courses when you enrol from the Stonebridge website
Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced
Learner Loan
Course funded Privately
Personal Student Support Officer assigned to you
Personal Assessor Support assigned to you
Automatic embedding of 6 key Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) in course
10 EILS available
Course delivered by Dimensions Training Solutions
Course delivered by Stonebridge Associated Colleges
Individual Learning Plan with a set "finish date"
Flexible deadline to finish your course
Online study delivery
Postal study delivery
Payment in full or in instalments while you study
Eligibility requirement for loan
Nothing to pay until course is finished and you earn over £21,000 pa.

Courses on the Stonebridge website funded by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans are delivered by Dimensions Training Solutions

Dimensions Training Solutions are rated "Good" by Ofsted

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Paper Based Study - You can enrol today and pay much, much later

With paper based study we post out the course materials to you. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

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Total Price: £637.49
iPay using 0% APR Instalment Plan*
Deposit: £99.99
Instalments: £55.45
Monthly Payments: 11
Cashback: £30.00
Total Price: £679.99
iPay using Pay4Later Consumer Credit
Deposit: £31.87
Instalments: £30.79
Monthly Payments: 24
Total Price: £770.92
iPay with 19+ Loan
Deposit: £0
Instalments: No payments until salary reaches £21,000
Total Price: £1260.00
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*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term’s period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.

Online Study - You can enrol today and pay much, much later

When you study online you can quickly access your course material online and submit all of your question papers to your tutor online, using your unique student account. You have access to all of your course material immediately, and when you submit question papers, your tutor sends you an email containing your results and feedback.

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