BSUA1 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Principles of Business Start-up (RQF)

Qualification summary

The Level 1 Award in Principles of Business Start-up (RQF) is designed for those of you who are considering starting your own business and need the basic knowledge, skills and understanding to progress your business start-up idea from paper into reality.

This qualification will help you understand the vital rules for ensuring your business start-up is successful and covers a range of relevant topics such as:

  • business planning
  • legislation
  • tax considerations
  • marketing a product
  • understanding the sales cycle

It will also provide you with an action plan to carry out the steps needed to start up your business successfully. You will also be signposted where to seek advice and guidance on business development and financial support.

On completion of this qualification you could add value to your skillset by taking the:

  • Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business (RQF) and, or the
  • Level 1 Award in Computerised Payroll for Business (RQF)

If you feel that you already have experience in this area you could look to undertake a Skillsfirst qualification in Team Leading or Management.

This qualification is fully supported by several training providers and Business Partnership Groups. For a list of providers in your area please contact our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Principles of Business Start-up (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

All 9 credits from Group M must be achieved to gain the qualification.

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 55

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 90

Qualification numberQualification reference
BSUA1 601/6343/4 


Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleCredit value
M/507/3027BSU1Principles of planning for a new business3
T/507/3028BSU2Principles of managing money in a business environment3
K/507/3026BSU3Principles of promoting sales in a new business3

To find out more about our registration/certification fees, contact our customer services team on

 0121 270 5100 or email us