Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB

Start Your Own Business

This course will provide the learner with the basic personal, legal and marketing requirements to start your own business.

Minor Award

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Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to independently explore and start a private business

Whaty will I study ?

  • Explore the legal requirements and regulations pertaining to starting a variety of business structures
  • Analyse the personal, functional and business factors that contribute to business success
  • Research the relevant sources of business start-up information and support available to entrepreneurs
  • Examine the market for new product or service niches
  • Assess the potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the business
  • Explain the role and function of a realistic and coherent business plan
  • Examine the importance of complete and correct business documentation to include budgets, cashflow and financial statements
  • Apply for the legal, financial and government agency and other support required by the business
  • Conduct opportunity, feasibility and market research studies
  • Design a product or service to be provided by the business
  • Analyse revenue, costs, quality and customer service elements of the new business
  • Analyse the internal and external business environment pertaining to a new business start up
  • Create appropriate funding, marketing, finance, technology and staffing strategies for the business
  • Construct a business plan
  • Organise independent or third party review of the business plan
  • Analyse the business and business plan post the external review, recognising strengths and making improvements

What is the certification ?

  • Start Your Own Business (5N1418)

Why should I do this course ?

  • Necessary if starting a business

What are the entry requirements ?

  • Statutory School Leaving Age (16+).
  • Competent written and spoken English.
  • Interest in Starting your Own Business.

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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