Course at a glance


The aim of the module is to introduce students to a knowledge and understanding of employment law as applied to individual workers and groups of workers in their relationships with their employers, with particular reference to the economic, social and political context in which employment law operates.

This CIE Global accredited course module will provide you with a general and wide-ranging introduction to UK employment law and its enforcement. The course takes a very practical approach to the subject, introducing the major principles of the law, explaining their relevance in the workplace and subjecting them to critical analysis. The course also examines key cases that have been decided in the courts and have established important legal precedents.

Having studied this module, a student should be in a position to give accurate and timely advice about core employment law issues to management colleagues and to use their knowledge and understanding to inform the development of HR policy in an organisation. The student will learn to be aware of how to source the information required to give advice about more complex or unprecedented legal issues relating to the employment relationship. The course will teach students how to respond when an employee, former employee or disappointed job applicant threatens to take legal action and you will be able to take a leading role in the preparation of an organisation’s defence when an Employment Tribunal claim is initiated.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Course Content

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 1 – The UK Legal System and Employment Law

This is an engaging unit for the complete beginner and a refresher to those with some knowledge of employment law and the principles of the English Legal System. This module will assess the mechanics of the UK legal system and will evaluate the numerous sources that law can be developed from. It will introduce and discuss the role of common law and equity, primary and secondary legislation and the impact of European Law. It will also discuss the concept of the doctrine of precedent which is relevant for assessing case law.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 2 – What is a Contract and why it is Important?

The cornerstone of any employment contract is the contractual element. This module will discuss what constitutes a contract and how it can be formed. Concepts, such as offer, acceptance, consideration and intention will be defined. It also discusses who can be a party to a contract, and defines the complex but relevant differences between workers and employees. The module concludes with contractual rights, which will be further explored in the following module. A range of sources will be evaluated on this module, including some interesting case law decisions.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 3 – Contents of the Contract of Employment

This module examines the detail of an employment contract, and what rights are automatically afforded to an employer by common law principles. These rights are called implied terms, and can include the right to mutual trust and confidence, the duty to protect trade secrets and the duty to provide work. This module includes some interesting case law, particularly dealing with when these implied terms are breached. The common law offence of negligence and vicarious liability will also be examined.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 4 – Termination of the Contract of Employment

Termination of a contract in this context means that the employment duties have come to an end. In employment matters, this can be conducted in a number of ways. This module examines the common law offences of wrongful/unfair dismissals and what is means to be unfairly dismissed in law. The restrictions on when an employer can terminate a contract and the evidence that is required to prove a valid dismissal. This unit will be of particular interests to those who wish to learn more about the process of an employer terminating a contract and when they have lawful authority to do this.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 5 – Redundancy and Transfer of Undertakings

With the current employment climate, this is becoming an increasingly relevant module. This module explores the statutory meaning of redundancy, and how it can be undertaken by employers. It also explores the statutory restrictions which may protect employees and employers. The module also explores how a redundancy payment is calculated. The module concludes with what happens when employees are transferred to a new employer under the process, and discussed TUPE and relevant European Directives.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 6 – Remuneration and Working Hours

This is an interesting module, as the law relating to remuneration has recently undergone certain changes this year. The module explores what is the meaning of a wage and how it is calculated. It also explores what the law means when it discusses lawful deductions. The module moves on to discuss working hours and what is legally allowed to be a lawful working week, as well as annual leave and rest periods. This module concludes with maternity payments, as well as the recent introduction of shared parental leave.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 7 – Discrimination within the Employment Relationship

This module explores the practice of discrimination in the workplace, and includes a discussion of the protective measures which may be applied under the Equality Act 2010. A range of other sources are examined, both domestic and European, and the way in which they may be applied to individual circumstances. This module will also involve an analysis of case law, and will explore examples of where the implied duty of mutual trust and confidence has been breached.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 8 – Health and Safety within the Workplace

‘It’s health and safety gone mad!’ – this is the often statement when people refer to health and safety law within the workplace. This module deals with legislation that aims to provide employees with a high degree of safety and security when working. The main statute which this module deals with is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This module examines the duties of an employee/employer and discusses what might happen if these duties are breached.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 9 – How does Europe Influence the UK?

This role of the European Union in any area of law has been vast in the past few decades since the United Kingdom joined the Union; however, where its influence is most notable, is perhaps in the area of employment protection. This module examines the influence of European Law with regards employee safety, with discussions on the impact of various Directives, Regulations and Treaty Articles. European case law will also be discussed.

Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma Module 10 – Collective Aspects of Employment Law

This module examines the fundamental rights of an employee under trade union law; such as picketing, industrial action, conflicts and bargaining. It examines what rights and remedies are available to parties as a result of a breached contract, such as compensation or specific performance. It also includes a review of the Human Rights Act 1998, and its impact on employment contracts, as well as discussing the relationship between civil contracts and criminal law.


This Accredited Level 3 Employment Law Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.