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SFEDI Diploma in Business & Enterprise Support

Professionally-accredited course for individuals working in business support roles.


The SFEDI Diploma in Business and Enterprise Support at SCQF Level 8 aims to provide professionals within the business and enterprise support profession with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out their roles in an effective and efficient manner.  The Diploma also provides the opportunity for the learner to widen their knowledge of the bigger picture of support services on a local, regional, and national scale whilst developing their professional networks within the field of business and enterprise. 

This qualification is built on the extensive research that underpins the SFEDI National Occupational Standards and the expertise of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).  Having been designed to be flexible to meet the wide range of demand within enterprise learning, we recognise the needs of industry to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial individuals to support the sustainability and growth of business and the wider community. 

The Diploma in Business and Enterprise Support is accredited by SFEDI (the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative).  At present, UWS is the only University in Scotland to be recognised by IOEE (the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) as an IOEE Academy.  SFEDI has an extensive record of providing business support accreditation through qualifications and endorsed awards and several thousand business advisers have been professionally accredited under the SFEDI banner. 


Course content 

The Diploma in Business and Enterprise Support is comprised of five Units, each covering a topic which is central to your business and enterprise support role.  To obtain the Diploma, all five units must be completed.  Each individual Unit has its own Learning Outcomes and its own individual assessment.  All assessments have been designed to allow students to reflect on their own professional work, performance, and impact to create meaningful opportunities for work-based learning.  Additionally, there will be two observed advisory sessions which will take place during Units Three and Four.  Dates for these sessions will be confirmed by your course Trainer.


Who is the course for?

Anyone who works in a role requiring engagement with, or providing support for, local businesses or business individuals.  Delegates could work with business support agencies, local councils, educational institutions, or simply wish to improve their business development skills. 



There are no academic prerequisites for this course, however delegates should already be working with businesses outside of their own organisation in some capacity (or have the opportunity to shadow a colleague who does).  This experience will be needed for successful completion of the portfolio assessment. 



The course lasts six months and is delivered through: 

  • Five live taught sessions (4 hours each, 11am – 3pm - inclusive of a short break). 
  • Live sessions will adopt a hybrid approach taking place both online and face-to-face.
  • Face-to-face sessions will take place on our Lanarkshire campus. 
  • Live sessions will take place every month and dates will be agreed with the cohort according to the needs of the group.
  • Self-paced, online resources on our virtual learning environment.
  • Work-based tasks and portfolio creation.
  • Sessions with mentors and the teaching team.



Delegates successfully completing the course and submitting all assessments will be awarded the SFEDI Diploma in Business & Enterprise Support.  They will also be awarded 40 credits at SCQF level 8 (second year of Bachelors), which can be put towards a number of undergraduate qualifications if delegates decide to continue study. 


Course Presenter

Dr Alan Murray is a Senior Lecturer in Business & Enterprise with the School of Business & Creative Industries and has worked for UWS since 2013.  He is a highly experienced, flexible and adaptable business practitioner and academic with a proven track record as a successful, innovative and award winning entrepreneur.  He was previously employed as a Regional Enterprise Manager with PSYBT supporting young people starting and continuing in business and for 5 years as a business start-up and growth adviser for Business Gateway, where he supported over 1000 businesses. Alan is also responsible for creating and developing the key enterprise modules for UWS. 

Alan will be supported by additional members of the Entrepreneurship and Enterprise team. 



This course may be available on a part funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  If eligible, a subsidy of £1000 towards the course fee will be applied; individuals will be required to pay the £600 balance.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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