The Level 6 Award in Creating and Starting a Business is for those who wish to apply enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes to the exploitation of a business opportunity with the support of a business plan.

The qualification builds on existing business ideas that have been created and validated as achievable through the exploitation phase within the overall entrepreneurial process through selecting, developing and applying a structured business plan to a sound business idea.

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Regulator Ofqual
Qualification Framework RQF
Qualification Reference Number 601/6307/0
Qualification Level 6
Credit Value 7 credits
Guided Learning (Hours) 30 hours
Total Qualification Time (Hours) 70 hours
Duration Completion within 2 years
Structure 1 mandatory unit
Age Groups 19+
Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however, in order to benefit from undertaking the qualification, learners should possess communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements.

First Date for Registrations June 1, 2015
Last Date for Starts September 30, 2025
Delivery Staff Requirements

There is no requirement for Delivery/Assessment or Internal Quality Assurance staff to hold the Assessment or Internal Quality Assurance qualification.

It is recommended that, as best practice, staff should be working towards these or already achieved the appropriate qualification.

If the centre decides to use none qualified tutors/trainers/line managers for the delivery or quality assurance of a qualification, staff members must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding and skills within the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of programmes of learning.

This can be done through the completion of one the following documents dependent on the role the individual will be undertaking:

Assessor Competency Statement

Quality Assurer Competency Statement

If you wish to access public funding for the delivery of qualifications, please refer to your funding agency for delivery staff qualification requirements.

IOEE Studying Membership Eligible Yes
SFEDI Directory Eligible No
Registration Fee for Centres (excl. VAT) £99

Learner Support

An initial assessment will be carried out with you by your learning provider where any individual learning needs you may have will be reviewed and appropriate support put in place


Below you will find the unit specification for the qualification setting out both the structure of the qualification and also the content of the units contained

Level 6 Award in Creating and Starting a Business

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