The Introduction to Self Employment Home Study Course provide students with an introductory knowledge and understanding of self-employment and requirements for success.

The course is designed for students wishing to consider self-employment or further study in the area of self-employment and provides progression routes to a number of higher level courses. No prior knowledge is required.

The programme covers a range of self-employment issues:-

  • Personal characteristics for self employment

  • Potential barriers to self-employment

  • Communication and team working

  • Decision making

  • Time management

  • Explain the business idea

  • Present the business idea

  • Examine strengths and weaknesses

  • Identify the product / service

  • Identify potential customers

  • Decide type of ownership

  • Prepare advertising material

  • Consider sources of finance

  • Financial evaluation

  • Start-up cost

  • Methods of payment

  • Profit/loss

  • Income Tax

  • National Insurance

  • Health & Safety

Course Duration:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The home study courses will take approximately 40 hours of study to complete.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Technical Support:

Once you have enrolled, you will have access to your own personal tutor by mail or email. You will receive full tutor support for a 12 month period.


This home study course is designed for personal development and is not externally accredited. Students who successfully complete the series of assignments will receive a Distance Learning certificate of completion.

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