Level 3 Diploma in Innovation and Small Business Management with Official Certification

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Study method
Online, self-paced
100 Hours
No formal qualification
Endorsed by ABC Awards

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Level 3 Diploma in Innovation and Small Business Management with Official Certification

This course is endorsed under ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

Are you a small business owner? How do you stay competitive in this ever changing market? The Diploma in Innovation and Small Business Management - Level 3 course is suited for small business owners and independent entrepreneurs who want to operate a competitive business, despite the scale, scope and size. They want to enjoy long-term success and for this you need the right principle sand guidance which is what the course offers so generously. Learn how to become visible in the market, make your brand recognisable and develop a profitable product or service.

The Diploma in Innovation and Small Business Management - Level 3 course will cover key topics such as the practical methods to add value to your business, technology for small and independent businesses and how to become a global start-up. The course is packed with action- filled techniques to be more productive in the marketplace.

The Diploma in Innovation and Small Business Management - Level 3 will enable small business owners to have an in-depth understanding to operate a startup and make it successful.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Global Edulink has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Global Edulink to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Endorsed by ABC Awards

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What is covered in this course?

  • Gain a clear understanding of how innovation can lead to growth in your business.
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge to put innovative ideas into practice.
  • Learn how to use the innovative framework and compile an action plan.
  • Gain an understanding of how small businesses operate.
  • An academic qualification will enable entrepreneurs and small business owners to have the confidence in their skills and knowledge to grow their business further.

Course Curriculum (Type Of Course Material: Text)

1: Introduction

  1. Introduction
  2. Innovation and Small Business
  3. Small Business Innovation Networks
  4. Organisation of the Book

2: Invention, Innovation And Small Business Invention

  1. Invention, Innovation and Small Business
  2. Introduction
  3. Distinction between invention and innovation
  4. The Interrelationships between invention, innovation and small business
  5. Conclusions

3: Research and Development and the Small Firm.

  1. Research and Development and the Small Firm
  2. Introduction
  3. Spillovers from R&D
  4. Technology Absorption and R&D
  5. Measuring R&D activity
  6. R&D activities in small businesses Introduction
  7. Demand
  8. Organization
  9. Innovation, imitation and diffusion
  10. Complementary assets
  11. Networking
  12. Government influence on business R&D
  13. Conclusions

4: Technology Diffusion.

  1. Technology Diffusion.

5: Clusters and Knowledge Flows.

  1. Introduction
  2. Clusters and Knowledge Flows
  3. Mobility within clusters
  4. Example of the Inkjet Printing Cluster in the Cambridge area
  5. Conclusions
  6. Further Reading

6: Higher Education Spin-Off.

  1. Higher Education Spin-offs
  2. Introduction
  3. Academic entrepreneurs
  4. Academic spin-offs
  5. Economic importance of academic spin-offs
  6. Conclusions
  7. Recommended Reading

7: Global Start-Ups and Business Development.

  1. Global Start-ups and business development
  2. Introduction
  3. Characteristics of Global Start-ups
  4. Global Start-ups: Case Studies
  5. Consultancy Services
  6. Literary Book Publishing
  7. Mobile Phone Security
  8. Pet Care
  9. Under Grad
  10. Conclusions

8: Innovation Performance Indicators

  1. Innovation Performance Indicators
  2. Introduction: innovation performance indicators and small firms
  3. Innovation performance
  4. Framework for measuring innovation performance
  5. Regional Innovation Performance
  6. Conclusions

9: Conclusions

  1. Conclusions
  2. Introduction
  3. Invention, Innovation and Small Business
  4. Research and Development and the Small Firm
  5. Technology Diffusion
  6. Clusters and Knowledge Flows
  7. Higher Education Spin-offs
  8. Global Start-ups
  9. Innovation Performance Indicators

Access Duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Method of Assessment

In order to complete the Diploma in Innovation and Small Business Management – Level 3 successfully and gain your professional qualification, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-04460

Accredited Body (Accreditation)

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

What's special about us

  • No Hidden Fees
  • Efficient and effective customer service for all your queries
  • Endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme
  • Get a 30% discount when you pay the full amount at once. This includes the course fee, assessment fee and certificate fee.

Who is this course for?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business owners
  • Business Consultants


  • Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
  • A recognised qualification at level 2 or above in any discipline.

Career path

  • Business Consultant
  • Small Business Owner
  • Small Business Operator

Others jobs you can get

  • Entrepreneur

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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