Course at a glance


Welcome to the Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Employment Law.

This level 3 course will nurture students into the exciting world of the employer-employee relationship, which many students will relate to on both a professional and/or personal level. It will provide an insightful yet interesting dive into the characteristics of employment contracts, unfair dismissal claims, wrongful dismissal claims, redundancy, breach of contract, discriminatory in the work place, and employee rights. It will explore the rules that regulate and underpin our relationship with our employer and when difficulties arise, what remedies and options are available for the involved parties. It will provide a detailed foundation for further studying in area of law and/or human resources through studying 10 modules.

Having knowledge of employment legislation can enhance your ability to identify breaches and redress situations amicably. It will also be suitable for those who support fellow employees at disciplinary hearings and employment tribunals, such as work place union representatives or union officials. Alternatively, it will suit any one (employer or employee) to gain more knowledge of the difficult world of employment law.

Students will develop skills in analysing clauses, terms and conditions of employment contracts, they will understand the basic legal concepts of right and responsibilities owed and given to both the employer and employee and develop their problem-solving skills by identifying relevant facts, legal principles and solutions.

This course will be suitable for those with little or limited knowledge of the law around employment. It can be taken as a standalone course or may contribute towards a professional career in the human resources or law sector. Students can then move towards studying a higher qualification in law, such as a BETC or law degree or towards a professional qualification, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) (

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. 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 a great unit for the complete beginner and a refresher to those with some knowledge of employment law and the principles of the English Legal System. As an introduction module, module 1 will assess the mechanics of our complex legal system; it will introduce you to the world of common law, equity, primary and secondary legislation, the doctrine of precedent and the impact of European Law. This will provide you with the foundation for studying further law courses and the remaining course.

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 ‘contract’ element. But apart from being an agreement in principle, in the eyes of the law, what is a contact? This module will dive into the formation of contracts which covers the i) offer, ii) acceptance and iii) consideration elements of the contract. Who can have a contract, what rights are implied into a contract, what is the difference between being full-time, part-time and agency? What is a subcontract? Finally, when you sign your name on a contract, what are you actually signing? What rights do you have? What rights are afforded to you? This is an exciting module and you will read a range of law which shapes the employment contract we all some to know today.

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

Here we look in fine detail at the actual employment contract, what duties you owe to your employer and what rights are afforded to you by your employer and the State (called implied terms). You will assess the legal concept of mutual trust and agreement between employer-employee, observation of reasonable order from your employer, restriction on trade secrets, the common law duty of negligence, vicarious liability and your employer’s duty to provide work. This can be a challenging unit, with many legal concepts to understand, but some areas will be new to you.

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

Aside from ‘handing in your notice’ what does this mean in practice? You will assess the common law on dismissals and what it means to be unfairly dismissed in law. You will look in detail as the restricted areas which an employer can terminate your contract and you may be surprised to learn the limited scope of options available to an employer and the degree of evidence needed. This unit will be of particular interests to those who wish to learn more about the process of your employer terminating your contract and when they have lawful authority to do this.

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

This can be a challenging unit for those who have gone through or know someone who has gone through this process; it can be a difficult and challenging times. What does it then mean to be made redundant? How does an employer work out your redundancy payments? What laws have judges made (common law) around this area to protect you and protect your employer? Alternatively, you may have gone through a transfer to a new employer, so what is a TUPE and how does European Law assist or hinder this process?

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

What is a wage? What are lawful deductions from your payslip and what happens when you get overpaid or underpaid? This area of the module looks at payment for your working service, annual leave, rest periods between working hours and paid annual leave. It will also touch on maternity payments and is an interesting area on its own.

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

What does the law afford you as an individual in terms of your age, race, sex or religion? What are your rights as a disabled individual and what happens when your employer breaks the law? This is a complex unit and now covered under the Equality Act 2010, this is an extremely interesting area of employment law and you will learn a lot of law on the protection of employees within this module.

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

Often floated as a barrier within the workplace, the dreaded “health and safety” section. However, the law offers you a high degree of safety when working, and if things go wrong, where does liability end up? You will learn about your duties as an employee and your employer’s duties to you. This module will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on health and safety law within employment and can be an interesting area of law on its own.

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

What impact has our former membership of the European Union (EU) had on employment law in the UK? Well, a lot, is the short answer. This unit will take you through the formation of EU law, how it is made and the types of EU law and how it applies to the UK. Does it have automatic effect or does Parliament have to enact it as law?  What happens now that we have left the EU?

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

The final module in this course concludes with a review of trade union law; such as picketing, industrial action, conflicts and bargaining. It also assesses the law on breaches of contracts, what remedies and actions are available to parties and a review of the Human Rights Act 1998 and its impact on protecting or hindering employment contracts, Finally, you will also briefly study the interface between criminal conduct (criminal law) and when it may enter into your conduct at work.


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