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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



Unit 1: The English Legal System

Section One: The Nature of Law


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


Statutory interpretation


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




Summary of section three

Section Four: Legal Personnel and Legal Aid



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


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


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




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


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


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


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



Product liability

Summary of section two

Section Three: Other Aspects of Tort


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


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


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


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).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

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