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.

For existing centres who would like to apply to deliver this qualification simply click here

For organisations wanting to apply to join the approved delivery network to offer this qualification simply click here


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 November 30, 2019
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, prior approval must be sought from SFEDI Awards.

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) £90.00

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

Progression Routes

Those who complete this qualification may wish to undertake other SFEDI Awards qualifications further details of which can be found on our website.

SFEDI Awards offers a range of qualifications which explore the further development of enterprise skills and knowledge.


Below you will find further details relating to the qualification and also the necessary paperwork for your approved centre to add it to your centre offer. If you require further information or would like guidance please contact the SFEDI Awards Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help you

Qualification Specification

For existing centres to add this qualification to your offer please complete the Centre Update form found here

If you are not already a SFEDI Awards centre and would like to offer this qualification you can find out more about the application process here


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