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Online PPD Understanding Business

Expand your knowledge & skills

Understand the key components of business with this Personal & Professional Development Course

We are here to help you fulfil your potential through knowledge, skills & understanding

Our PPD Short Course in Understanding Business develops your understanding of different types of business sectors and balancing the needs of all stakeholders.

You also consider values, mission, strategy and competitiveness in different markets.

You also discover how social and environmental concerns are integrated into business operations and interactions with stakeholders through Corporate Social Responsibility

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What are they?

PPD Courses can help you to develop knowledge and understanding related to your role, a field of work you are considering or an area of personal interest. These courses also help to develop academic skills so you can enhance your personal and professional development and skills for your career, employability or for further study. You can also create your own course with our PPD Flexi Course with over 100 units to choose from.

Are they accredited?

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Our Personal and Professional Development Courses are accredited by Ascentis. They are Level 3 (like A-levels), but short courses. You will receive a Certificate on completion of your course which can be used to provide formally accredited evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained on the Course.

How do I study?

PPD Courses are studied online at a time and pace to suit you. You will be given a friendly, subject-specialist qualified personal tutor who will support your learning with one-to-one tutorials, help you with any problems or concerns, assess your work and provide feedback on your progress. They require around 120 hours of study.

More info

There are no entry requirements for PPD Courses. You can start when it suits you. You will gain access to our high quality and skills-focused learning materials that will teach you to develop the knowledge needed to pass the assessments. We can also offer Additional Support to individual students where needed.

Can I use only my phone?

No, you will not be able to study it entirely on a Mobile Phone or Tablet, you will need access to a Laptop or Desktop computer.

When can I start?

You can start when it suits you: just like studying with us, our enrolments are flexible too.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no set entry requirements for this Personal & Professional Development (PPD) Course.

How do I learn?

For every unit you study you will be given access to its tailored learning materials: because they are written by us, you can be sure that they will teach you what you need to succeed on your assessments. They are more than a textbook - they guide you through your learning and support you so that you're fully prepared for each assessment. You will complete tasks, answer questions (with model answers that you can check), and will be given all the tools needed to successfuly complete the Units.

How am I assessed?

You are assessed through tutor-assessed coursework throughout your course, there are no exams. Our assessments have been both internally and externally verified, meaning that they have been checked to make sure they are consistent, fair and robust. Importantly, they give everybody the same opportunities to succeed. Our internal verification process is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that every tutor is marking and giving formative and developmental feedback in line with our exacting standards.

How long will it take?

Because our PPD Courses fit into your life rather than the other way around, you can decide how long you'd like to take to complete your course. They require an estimated 120 hours of study. On average the course takes 3 months, but you can complete more quickly or slower if you wish.

When can I complete?

Just like starting, when you complete is up to you. The only deadlines that are in place are those set by yourself. Certificates will be issued after you complete the course.

What are my future prospects?

Our PPD Courses are formally accredited by a leading nationally recognised Awarding Body, Ascentis. This guarantees the quality and credibility of the course and your Certificate. It means that it is taken seriously by any current or future employer so will form a vital part of your job applications and/or career progression. It shows evidence of recent learning and personal development, evidencing the knowledge and skills you have gained through the course.

  • Unit: Introduction to Business (Level 3) - 3 Credits
  • Unit: Principles of Business Strategy (Level 3) - 6 Credits
  • Unit: Corporate Social Responsibility (Level 3) - 3 Credits

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Easy to manage flexible instalments. Payment holidays. No tie-ins or credit agreements. Great value. If the course is not for you, pay no more. If you leave & return, fees paid previously are still covered. More details on our Fees Page.

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Funding your course

  • This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.
  • This course is not eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding.

The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. Some secure funding through their employers and a few manage to get some help from local charities. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a Grants & Funding page which you may find useful.

If you are not funding your course yourself

Please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can advise you & make any necessary arrangements with the funder to cover your course costs.

Payment methods

The normal method of payment is online with a Credit or Debit Card. We accept all major cards.

If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.

The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.

Your tutor

Your tutor is both your personal and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to guide your studies, and you will be in regular contact with them. Because they mark your assessments, they know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the course.

Your tutor is there to make sure that your time with us is as successful and enjoyable as possible. If you would like to speak to your tutor every week, or would rather catch up via email, they will accommodate your individual needs.

The most flexible study and active tutor support

You can find out more details about support on the course and our flexible study options on our Studying with Us Page. You can also see what our students have to say about the support they received in our reviews.

Student Services

Our Student Services team are here for you from your first enquiry and throughout your course. From clarifying university entry requirements to finding the course that is right for you, Student Services are here for everybody - past, present and prospective student alike.

Additional Support

Learning Support - support if you have declared a disability. They provide advice and guidance and signpost you to help and resources which can help with your studies.

Student Support - supporting you if you are having problems with your studies. This may be due to a wide range of factors, personal, financial, confidence, changed circumstances etc. Generally, tutors will refer you to this section if they feel that you will benefit from some extra help or advice.

Peer Support

We have a dynamic private Facebook community over 2000 students for you to join and if you want to raise points with staff this can be done via the Student Action Group.


We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so altering your target completion date, payment date, or extending your study period is always possible.

Technical Department

From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.

Financial Department

You can contact Finance Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances.


The website and materials were easy to navigate and the Facebook group gave me extra reassurance and support.

The tutors were supportive, patient and most importantly motivated me to carry on when I found it tough. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing to gain an extra qualification to achieve their dream career. Emily


The learning materials were excellent and they exceeded my expectations. I would like to thank my family and the tutors for their amazing support.

I am happy to say to have secured a place to study a Nursing Degree this September. I cannot recommend them enough. Yannick


The course is excellently written with information perfectly explained for those who have been out of education.

I completed mine whilst working full time, undergoing several overseas military deployments in support of the COVID pandemic. I could not have done this without them, my tutors were with me every step of the way! John


Support of tutors, & the wider student community were fundamental in enabling me to overcome adversity. The peer support of fellow students proved a wonderful resource. People of all ages & backgrounds united in their desire to study & self-develop, quick to offer help & encouragement. So I became active in supporting others through the Facebook Group. Richard


I have dyslexia. They suited all my needs. It was flexible, affordable, and the modules offered would provide me with the fundamental basics to study a Law degree.

They did more than help me get into my dream Russell Group university studying Law. The whole experience finally made me feel academically worthy. Sam


Tutors and staff have been fantastic in helping me achieve the grades I need, as well as any other situations I needed support with.

I applied to 2 universities and have received conditional offers from both.

I have achieved more credits than the offer requires, it wouldn't have been possible without them. Aaliya


I loved the flexibility that comes with the course and the outstanding tutors.

I have since been offered a place from two universities to study a BSc in Adult Nursing.

It is in this regard that I strongly recommend them without hesitation for any person who would like to reboot their career. Mehluli


I was very nervous about beginning my studies as I thought that Access to HE Diplomas were aimed at mature students, being 17 at the time of beginning my studies. But I was so wrong!

The Diploma is for anyone wanting to enter higher education. The staff, and my tutors especially, couldn't have been more accommodating and supportive. Beth


From day one I found my tutors to be incredibly friendly, supportive and accessible. They encourage independent learning, but are always there to give guidance and answer questions of any kind.

The learning materials are brilliant; extremely thorough and logically laid out in topics and sub-topics, so you move smoothly through. Victoria


The materials were easy to follow. I received advice from others via the Facebook page & from my personal tutor, who was always so quick to answer any questions. During the modules, I developed my research methods & even my English improved. I am far more confident in finding the pros & cons of every theory. I now feel I am in a far better position & I am currently enrolled on an LLB Qualifying Law degree. Sean


They stood out for me because of their flexibility and affordability.

Enrolling to study remotely for a science course, was overwhelmingly nerve-wracking but my tutors were very kind, supportive and helpful. Their support allowed me to excel and achieve high grades. I have now secured a place at a university. Fanny