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Business Law

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.

About Business Law

Our Business Law 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

Overview

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
negligence

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

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

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

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
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Business Law Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Business Law

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.

About Business Law

Our Business Law 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

Overview

Modules

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
negligence

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

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

Requirements

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

Assessment

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
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Business Law Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

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