Course Description

Business Planning Course (QQI Level 6)

The Open College

This QQI Level 6 Business Planning distance learning course is designed to equip entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge to develop a comprehensive and soundly based business plan.

Students will learn how to:

  1. complete a market analysis,
  2. evaluate and develop a business idea,
  3. complete financial planning and analysis,
  4. develop a marketing plan and pricing strategy,
  5. develop customer service and quality standards, and
  6. write a professional business plan.


The course is designed for those who wish to write a business plan for a new business initiative and maybe wish to present this for funding. It would also be useful for those working in existing businesses who wish to develop their overall business planning skills or perhaps for those who wish to diversify and expand their business activities.

Topics covered include:

  • Setting Up a New Business
  • Choosing a Legal Entity
  • Records and Legalities
  • The Business Plan
  • The Business Idea
  • Customer Research
  • Target Market Selection
  • Competitor Analysis
  • PEST Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Premises
  • Equipment and Suppliers
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • People Management Skills
  • Organising Your Business
  • Start-up Finance
  • Capital Requirements
  • Financial Statements
  • Survival Budgets
  • Forecasting
  • Depreciation
  • Applying for a loan
  • Marketing plan
  • Customer Service
  • Quality Control
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Plan Template
  • Support available for start-ups.


Who should complete this course?

  • Owners of new or growing businesses who wish to gain a formal accredited qualification in business planning.
  • Those considering starting a new business, or those with a business idea who wish to determine its potential.
  • People who wish to gain a professional, accredited qualification in the subject matter by distance learning.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Business) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.
  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.
  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here». 

Progression to further Studies:



Assignment 70%
Skills Demonstration 30%.


Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 6N4105
College Name The Open College
Course Category Business, Business Studies
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 6 Advanced Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 314.00
Course Duration 8 Weeks
Course Times This QQI Business Planning 6N4105 course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Business Planning (6N4105)
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