Business Planning Course - Distance

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  • Entry requirements
    This course is designed for anyone starting a new business and wishing to complete an initial business plan.
  • Academic title
    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 2 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland"
  • Course description

    Study Method

    The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by post and email

    Tutor Support

    You will receive full tutor support by e-mail and post for a full year from the day you receive the course. To complete this course it will take in the region of 90 study hours which can be spread over a 12 month period to suit the student.


    As you work through this course you are required to complete a series of tutor marked assignments, which you can then send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments, however you do have to prove to your tutor that you have fully understood the question asked.

    Awarding Body Information

    NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland

    Module A: Planning to succeed
    • Personal profiling & self-assessment
    • Evaluating your business idea
    • Writing a business plan
    • Business structures
    • Basic accounting requirements

    Module B: Market Research
    • Types of Research
    • Survey methods
    • Questionnaires
    • Secondary research
    • Market research analysis

    Module C: Effective Marketing
    • The marketing cycle
    • Marketing plans
    • The cost per sale formula
    • Target customers
    • Business generation
    • The Marketing mix
    • Product life cycles

    Module D: Finance
    • Financial planning & control
    • A personal survival budget
    • Start up budget
    • The meaning of profit
    • Direct and fixed costs
    • Break even analysis
    • Costing & pricing
    • Sales forecasting and adjustments
    • Cash flow forecasting
    • Profit & loss forecasting
    • Capital requirements

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