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 SFEDI Diploma in   Business and Enterprise   Support 

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 in order 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.


The 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.  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) and delivered by the University of the West of Scotland which is the only University in Scotland to be recognised by IOEE (the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) as an IOEE Academy.  SFEDI Awards was founded in 2007 creating the first dedicated Awarding Organisation specialising in business enterprise and business support.  SFEDI has a long record of providing business support accreditation through qualifications and endorsed awards and several thousand business advisers have been professionally accredited under the SFEDI banner.

To view the Programme Specification in PDF format click on the icon below. 

Programme Specification


For Applications and General Support:

Ann Macleod

For Programme Support:

Alan Murray


Interested in apply for this diploma, or want to find out more information?

Then visit the UWS CPD website below. 

 What's Involved? 


The Diploma in Business and Enterprise Support is comprised of 5 Units each covering a topic which is critical to your business and enterprise support role. All 5 Units must be completed in order to obtain the Diploma and each Unit has it's own Learning Outcomes and it's own individual assessment. All assessments have been designed to allow you the learner to reflect on your own professional work, performance and impact in order to create meaningful opportunities for work based learning. In addition there will be 2 observed advisory sessions which will take place during Units 3 and 4.

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The Diploma itself is highly flexible and has been designed to be as straightforward as possible and you will follow a simple process through each Unit. Firstly you will engage with the core learning materials for the Unit which will be in the form of a lecture which will be either delivered face to face, as a prerecorded video lecture or as a live streamed video lecture. The slides and notes from each lecture are also provided to all participants. You will then engage with the support materials for the Unit and complete the Unit activity which may involve reading a research article or watching a video and then you will reflect on a set of key questions. Following this you will then engage with the trainer and other learners in an online tutorial where you will discuss the learning and insights from the Unit lecture and the Unit activity in order to frame the learning in the context of your professional role. Finally with support from the trainer you will complete your assignment for the Unit which will be uploaded to Turnitin using the link provided where they will be marked and the marks then verified.

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