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Limited companies are the most important form of business organisation within capitalist countries. Indeed, it is difficult to see how capitalism could have taken root so effectively without this particular vehicle for business activity. In this course, we identify the key features of the limited company that has made it such a successful form of business organisation. We also consider the way in which limited companies are financed and the restrictions that are placed on the owners' ability to withdraw their funds from the company.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the critical features of a company, notably its separate legal entity; the relationship between shareholders and directors; and limited liability
  • explain the main forms of share capital and loan capital associated with limited companies
  • explain the nature of rights issues and bonus issues of shares
  • identify the legal and practical restrictions that exist with regard to transferring funds to shareholders, including the payment of dividends




Section 1: Limited Companies - An Overview

1.1 The Main Forms of Business Enterprise

1.2 The Legal Nature of a Limited Company

1.3 Shares, Shareholders and Directors

1.4 Liability of Shareholders

1.5 Types of Company

1.6 Formation of a Limited Company

1.7 Ownership of Companies

Section 2: Share Capital and Loan Capital

2.1 The Main Types of Share Capital

2.2 Share Premium

2.3 Ordinary Shares

2.4 Preference Shares

2.5 Raising Share Capital

2.6 Rights Issues

2.7 Bonus Shares

2.8 Long-Term Loans

Section 3: Reserves

3.1 Revenue Reserves

3.2 Capital Reserves

Section 4: Transferring Funds to Shareholders

4.1 The Need For Rules

4.2 Dividends

4.3 Redemption of Shares and Share Repurchase

4.4 Liquidation


Review Activity

Recommended Reading

Tutor-marked Question Paper

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 20 hrs.

Tutor Support

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!

Requirements for Entry

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.


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Accounts of Limited Companies (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate

Accounts of Limited Companies (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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