Pitman Training

Essential Business Award

Diploma Outline

Our Essential Business Award is one of our range of mini-Diplomas.

Our Essential Business Award has been created for people who need to understand the legal structures and financial mechanics of business. As Microsoft Excel is used extensively in finance administration, this course will also give you the knowledge and confidence to use spreadsheets to a good working standard.

You can start when you like and our flexible learning system means you can fit your studying around your existing work and home commitments. There will also be a course advisor on hand to help should you need additional support.

  • Flexible training which fits around your commitments
  • Support on hand from our friendly course advisors
  • Get the skills in demand by employers

Get the Pitman Advantage™

The course has been designed particularly for those with work experience, but not necessarily in a commercial office setting – for example from the retail and service industries or the public sector.

Having completed this course, you can be confident that prospective employers will have evidence that you have a practical understanding of business structure and law as well as business accounts, which other candidates may not possess. It is also helpful for individuals who may be considering setting up their own business.

On completing the course, you will have earned a highly regarded Pitman Training Award – a ‘mini-diploma’, which will help your CV stand out from the rest. This is because Pitman Training is highly regarded by employers; yet again top business professionals in the UK have voted Pitman Training to be the UK’s top independent training brand, through achieving Business Superbrand status.

Core subject areas covered include:

  • Introduction to Business Structure and Law
  • Understanding Business Accounts
  • Microsoft Excel OR Excel Expert

The guideline learning time for the Essential Business Award is: -

  • 60 hours flexi study or 2 weeks full-time*

*full-time is based on approx. 20-30 hours a week.

Our Essential Business Award is part of our distance learning range – which can be accessed online via our distance learning portal. 

This means that you have the flexibility to study our Essential Business Award course:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead, all you’ll need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre that offers and supports our distance learning platform, and they will arrange for you to have an induction to show you around the system and talk you through how our online training works. After this, you can learn in your own time and at your own speed, but with the knowledge you have support at hand if required. 

To find your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Essential Business Award training,click here.




The best way to make sure your training programme suits you, your skills, your ambitions and your busy schedule, is to get in touch with us for a free, friendly expert career consultation.