Pitman Training

Introduction to Business Structure and Law

Course Outline

The structure of a business and the legal requirements for directors, shareholders and company secretaries are crucial; not least for Executive Assistants and finance professionals who often have to help prepare AGMs, business reports, prepare and file accounts and manage bank accounts, etc.

If you have, or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in business structure and law.

The Introduction to Business Structure and Law course is split into three lessons. The first considers the different types of business and the terms relating to each; AGMs, EGMs, the roles and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and company secretaries. In lesson two you will learn about business reporting, filing deadlines, accounts audits, contracts, bank accounts and loans and security. Finally, lesson three covers taxation, insolvency, employer obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act and employment contracts.

Having completed this course, you will have covered topics towards the ITEC Business Competence Level 3 unit qualification. You will also have the Pitman name on your CV, which is highly respected by employers. Like all our courses you can study at a pace and times to suit you, supported by our course advisors when needed.

Having completed Introduction to Business Structure and Law, you will be well-placed to go on to take the Understanding Business Accounts course.


The purpose of this course is to gain an overview of business structure, business reporting and aspects of law in this field.

Those who wish to start their own business, those looking for work, as well as employees who wish to learn more about business structure and law.

There are three lessons in this course: -

Lesson One: Why different types of business exist, terms relating to business, AGMs and EGMs, roles and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and company secretary

Lesson Two: Business reporting, filing deadlines, accounts audit, contracts in business, business bank accounts, loans and security

Lesson Three: How different types of business are taxed, insolvency, employer obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act, employment contracts.

This course will take around 6 to 8 hours to complete.

Our Introduction to Business Structure and Law course 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 Introduction to Business Structure and Law 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 Introduction to Business Structure and Law training, click here.




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