Intro to Business/Self-Employment (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

This course will be delivered online.

(Women Only)

This practical weekend course is for anyone who is thinking about working for themselves or starting a new business. On this course you develop will an awareness of the challenges you may face when starting a new venture and an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills required to be successful.

Course Content

· Identify your Unique Selling Point
· Understanding what you want from your Business
· How to seek professional advice and funding options
· Create a Business Plan
· Basic Budgeting
· Relevant Legislation
· The 5 Ps of Marketing and different marketing techniques including the use of social media
· Understanding Tax, National Insurance and other relevant regulations

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course although you should have a good level of literacy and a basic understanding of the use of IT.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment for this course. However, you will receive feedback a number of individual, pair or group tasks. You will also create and review your own Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

Further Study Options

Introduction to Accounting
Level1 Accounting
Level 2 Bookkeeping and Accounting Software

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

Most learners who opt to study on a residential basis can apply for bursary funding to pay their residential fees. For those who are not eligible, the costs are:

Residential students (accommodation and meals) £ 68
Residential students (accommodation only) £ 58
Residential children (accommodated with parent and meals) £ 34
Childcare cost per child per day (weekday) £ 65
Childcare cost per child per day (weekend) £100

Day students (meals) £ 10