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Contract Law

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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Course Description

This course examines the creation of legally binding agreements in English Law. Throughout the course students will explore the requirements of valid legal contract; how this is dealt with by common law and equity; explain the remedies available for someone who has had a contractual obligation breached; and discuss contractual composition and remedies.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all and no prior knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

Topics covered include: Definition of a contract; essentials of a valid contract; intention to create legal relations; offer; difference between an offer and an invitation to treat; counter-offer; acceptance; communication of acceptance; what is ‘consideration’?; valuable consideration; past consideration; other forms of consideration; mistake; misrepresentation – innocent and fraudulent; duress and undue influence; illegality; discharge of contract; discharge by subsequent impossibility or frustration; breach of contract; remedies for breach of contract; remoteness of damage and measure of damages; types of damage; specific performance and injunction; limitation of action.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

For this course:

One class test and one report.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

E. McKendrick, Contract Law (Macmillan, 4th. edition)
J. C. Smith and J.A.C. Thomas, Casebook on Contract (Sweet and Maxwell)

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.