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Regardless of what the nature of your involvement in business is - and whether you are working in the private or public sector - as a business man or woman you will face an array of legal controls and obligations of an unprecedented scope and complexity.

This course is designed to introduce students who are preparing for a career in business to some of the legal rules and issues which you will encounter once you enter the world of commerce.

You will not become an expert in any area of the law as a result of studying the course, however at the end of your study of this course it is hoped that you will not only have increased your knowledge about the law as it applies to the business world; but that you would have developed some competence at identifying legal issues, applying legal rules to factual situations and having a European perspective

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: The English Legal System

Section One: The Nature of Law

  • Introduction
  • Some social functions of law
  • Criminal and civil law
  • Common law and equity
  • Equitable rights
  • Equitable remedies
  • Maxims of equity
  • Common law damages
  • Summary of section one

Section Two: Sources of Law

  • Legislation
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Precedent
  • European Union law
  • Summary of section two

Section Three: The Courts and Tribunals

  • Possible classifications
  • The legal process
  • Criminal courts
  • Indictable offences
  • Summary offences
  • Offences triable either way
  • Civil courts
  • Tribunals
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Summary of section three

Section Four: Legal Personnel and Legal Aid

  • Magistrates
  • Juries
  • Members of tribunals
  • The solicitor
  • The barrister
  • The judges
  • Legal aid and other sources of legal assistance
  • Summary of section four

Unit 2: Legal Relationships

Section One: Liability for Employees and Agents

  • The employment relationship
  • Vicarious liability
  • The contract of employment
  • Agency
  • Types of agent and formation
  • Responsibilities of the parties
  • Terminating an agency
  • The commercial agents regulations
  • Summary of section one

Section Two: Sole Traders and Partnerships

  • Business organisations introduced
  • Sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • Liability of partners
  • The partnership agreement
  • Ending the partnership
  • Summary of section two

Section Three: Forming a Company

  • Basic principles
  • Separate legal personality
  • Company membership and limited liability
  • Types of company
  • Forming a company
  • The constitution: memorandum and articles
  • The Memorandum of Association
  • The Articles of Association
  • Changing the constitution
  • Summary of section three

Section Four: Managing the Company

  • Capital
  • Shares
  • Borrowing
  • Company management
  • Summary of section four

Unit 2: additional questions

  • Additional questions: guidance

Unit 3: Business Contracts

Section One: Making a Contract

  • What is a contract?
  • Creating the contract
  • Agreement - offer
  • Concluding the agreement - acceptance
  • Intention to create legal relations
  • Consideration
  • Summary of section one

Section Two: What Can Go Wrong During the Making of a Contract

  • What can go wrong in the making of a contract and how it affects the contract
  • Lack of certainty
  • Lack of necessary formality
  • Lack of capacity
  • Illegal contracts
  • Misrepresentation
  • Summary of section two

Section Three: Contractual Terms

  • The contents of a contract
  • Terms and pre-contractual statements
  • Contractual terms - express and implied
  • Conditions, warranties and innominate terms
  • Terms which exclude or limit liability
  • Summary of section three

Section Four: Discharging a Contract

  • How contracts come to an end
  • Discharge by performance
  • Discharge by agreement
  • Discharge by breach of contract
  • Frustration of contracts
  • Remedies
  • Summary of section four

Unit 3: additional questions

  • Additional questions: guidance
  • Reading list for Unit 3

Unit 4: Non-Contractual Obligations of the Seller/Producer

Section One: The Duty of Care in Negligence

  • Negligence: an introduction
  • The duty of care
  • Special circumstance
  • Negligent statements and professional
  • Summary of section one

Section Two: Other Aspects of Negligence and Product Liability

  • Breach of duty
  • Factors in setting the standard
  • Proof of breach
  • Resulting damage
  • Defences
  • Remedies
  • Product liability
  • Summary of section two

Section Three: Other Aspects of Tort

  • Nuisance
  • The rule in Rylands v Fletcher
  • Occupier's liability
  • Summary of section three

Section Four: Liability in Respect of Employees

  • Vicarious liability
  • Liability for employees only
  • Within the course of employment
  • Health and safety at work
  • Making the system work
  • Summary of section four

Unit 4: additional questions

  • Additional questions: guidance

Unit 5: European Community Law

Section One: The Development of the European Community

  • Introduction and history
  • The Treaty of Rome
  • The four main institutions
  • The Treaty of Maastricht
  • Terminology
  • Summary of section one

Section Two: The Functions of the Institutions

  • The role of the institutions
  • Inter-relationship of the institutions
  • Recent changes
  • Summary of section two

Section Three: The Sources of European Community Law

  • Transformation of European Community
    law into English law
  • The enacted sources of European
    Community law
  • The general principles of EC law
  • Modes of interpretation
  • Summary of section three

Section Four: The Integration of European Community Law at a National Level

  • Supremacy of European Community law
  • Direct effect
  • Indirect effect of EC law
  • State liability for non-compliance with EC law
  • Summary of section four

Section Five: Enforcement of European Community Law at a European Level

  • Introduction
  • Control of the institutions
  • The action for failure to act
  • The plea of illegality
  • The action for damages
  • Control of Member States
  • The preliminary reference procedure
  • Comment
  • Summary of section five

Unit 5: additional questions

  • Additional questions: guidance
  • Further reading



Course Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 110 hrs.

Additional Hours

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Business Law Diploma

Business Law Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Business Law Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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