Start your own Business.

Qualification Start your own Business
Subject Area Business
Attendance on-site
Age Group(s) Adults

Course Content

BTEC Certificate in Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.” (quote by Jean-Paul Richter)

Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship will help boost learners’ career prospects by giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding to start up their own business.

The qualification is built on three mandatory units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of business principles. These qualifications also include a choice of optional specialist units, thereby providing an opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the business sector. In addition, it introduces a limited number of specialist areas and the opportunity to acquire some of the practical skills identified by employers as the fundamental building blocks for future competence in the workplace.

For this qualification, learners will need to complete all the mandatory units and, where appropriate, a selection of optional specialist units. This is to ensure that all learners have broad and balanced coverage of the vocational sector.

Mandatory units

Mandatory units are designed to cover the body of content that employers and educators within the sector consider essential for 16–18-year-old learners. These units support the remainder of the learning needed for these qualifications. There will be both internal and external assessment.

Optional specialist units

The remaining units in these qualifications are sector-specific, optional specialist units. These units focus on a particular area within the vocational sector and give learners an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding.

Course Outcomes

One of the main purposes of the qualification is to help learners to progress, ultimately, to employment. Employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding, but they also require employees to demonstrate employability skills. These skills enable learners to adapt to the roles needed to survive in the global economy and enhance their effectiveness in the workplace.

Employability skills include self-management, teamworking, business and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work, and the use of IT.

The learners can progress to:

  • other Level 2 vocational qualifications and related competence-based qualifications for the Business sector
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications.
  • competency-based qualifications such as the NVQ Level 2 in either Business Administration or Team Leading, or NVQ Level 3 in either Business Administration or Management, or their corresponding apprenticeships.


This course is primarily for all learners who want to continue their education and develop their skills for progression to further learning and, ultimately, to employment. These qualifications prepare learners for further learning at a higher level in business. The development of transferable skills means that learners can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors. For example, these qualifications in business could lead to Pearson BTEC Level 2 qualifications in this sector, or to the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Apprenticeship in Retail, or to Level 2 qualifications in other sectors.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades 3 including English and Maths or Level 1 qualification in Business.


The qualification has mandatory and optional specialist units.

All units are internally assessed.


There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.

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