Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship

New products and services are the lifeblood of business, but it can often take someone special, an entrepreneur, to identify and develop such opportunities. If there is unfulfilled demand, an entrepreneur will want to set up a business to cater for it.

New business start-ups can also be the means whereby people in countries where jobs are scarce can create employment for themselves and others. Many of the largest businesses in the world were started by someone with a good idea, and the most famous business people are invariably entrepreneurs.

Why study Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship?


If you think you have a great business idea, but you are not sure what to do next, then the ABE Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship programmes can help you. They provide an understanding of the main areas you need to know about in order to run a successful business.

Career Opportunities


The ABE Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship programmes give you the skills and knowledge you will need if you start your own business. They can also help you find a job or obtain a promotion, as all businesses benefit from employing someone with an entrepreneurial outlook.


Programme structure


Business Start-up (and Entrepreneurship) qualifications:

*Click on the titles for further details*

Qualification Title No. of Units Ofqual No.
Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up (from June 2015) 4 (601/3525/6)
Level 4 Diploma in Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship 4 (600/8082/6)


BUSINESS START-UP (AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP)


Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up

(This qualification will be available from June 2015)

Click here to download the qualification purpose statement for the ABE Level 3 Certificate in Business Start-up (QCF).

This slightly shorter qualification works well as both a stand-alone qualification or studied along-side vocational training courses which lead to professions where you may wish to start your own business or work for yourself. It will be available for registrations from 8 June 2015, with the first examinations taking place in December 2015.

Compulsory units


The unit syllabuses cover the essential understanding, knowledge and skills required to start your own business including:


Click here to download a flyer about this qualification.

If you would like to be receive details about the first colleges to offer this qualification then please email: marketing@abeuk.com.


Level 4 Diploma

Compulsory units


* Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit *

The unit syllabuses cover the essential understanding, knowledge and skills required by the entrepreneur for a new business start-up:



Each of the four units will be assessed by a three hour written examination. Lecture Guides and specimen questions and answers are available in the Members Area. The recommended reading list for each unit can be found at the bottom of the unit syllabus.

Click here to download the qualification purpose statement for the ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship (QCF).


Entrepreneurship in Africa


Entrepreneurship skills gained from the ABE qualification will be an important factor in the future development of Africa. ABE has asked its students in Africa for their opinion on what are the most important qualities for an entrepreneur, what sector they see the most potential in, when they plan to start their business, who they admire most and other subjects. The results have been published in a Report - Entrepreneurship in Africa. Click here for more information from the Report.


A word from ABE's founder


ABE Founder Chairman Lyndon Jones gave a talk about the need for business start-up and entrepreneurship in combating unemployment, to students and interested parties in Malaysia and Singapore. Click here to download a copy of his speech.