Company law in context
Company law in context

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Company law in context

4 Reflection on this course

To review and consolidate the learning which you have gained from studying this course, you might like to consider the following questions:

  • Has studying the course changed your ideas in any way about what a ‘business’ is?

  • Why do you think that different ways of running a business have developed under English law (e.g. sole trader, partnership, company)?

  • What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of running a business as a sole trader?

  • What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of running a business in partnership?

  • How far do you think that the law set out in the Partnership Act 1890 which you have studied in this course is helpful to people running a partnership business in the 21st century?

  • How efficient do you think the sole trader and partnership forms of business are likely to be in practice, considering the commercial, economic and social backgrounds against which they will operate?


Visit the College of Law website


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus