Course at a glance


During this Level 3 Diploma, the student will be introduced to the basic considerations of Health and Safety Law. The health and safety diploma course is stand-alone. Still, it would also be an excellent foundation skill to gain for students wishing to further their career by taking other professional courses or a law degree.

Health and Safety in the workplace is becoming an ever growing concern for employees and employers; not only are employers expected to adhere to safe working practices, but they are also bound to provide a workplace free from discrimination and unfair practice. Legislation also dictates the relationship and responsibilities between consumers and providers, such as through trading standards.

The course provides a background of the general law as a starting point, and then moves on to explore some important elements of health and safety law in more detail. It will provide an analysis of liability, including vicarious liability, as well as the way in which criminal and European Union law relates to the consumer. The course concludes with the practical implications for the health and safety practitioner and management, making it an ideal course for employers and interested students alike.

The course consists of ten modules. Throughout the modules you will encounter various cases studies which are designed to test your understanding and aid the learning process itself. The course is designed to be self-contained, but students are encouraged to consult the listed texts in order to deepen their understanding of the area. Students should take care to ensure that they consult the latest edition of any additional texts; health and safety law is quite dynamic in its development, and so it is really necessary to consult a reliable reference source to ensure that legal principles remain intact.

Level 3 Health + Safety Law Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Health + Safety Law Diploma course.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Course Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit.


Optional coursework and final examination.


Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Course Length

1 Year.

Endorsed By

Students at the college have the option to choose the awarding body of their course.

This course has been endorsed by :

Quality Licence Scheme:


Accord :

This courses’ awarding bodies are recognised for their high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit Quality Licence Scheme website or Accord website

Level 3 Health + Safety Law Diploma Course Content

Module 1 – The legal sources

This module explores the numerous sources from which Health and Safety law can be derived from. It will include an exploration of common law liability, as well as the influence of the more recent European laws. The overall aim of this module is to try to place Health and Safety law in its rightful perspective by providing an overview of the major sources.

Module 2 – The legal machinery

This module explores the institutions and procedures which allow health and safety law to bought into practice. An exploration of the court structure is undertaken, as well as discussion about tribunals and alternative dispute resolution. There is an in depth analysis of the merits and shortcomings of the current system of health and safety legislation.

Module 3 – Civil liability

This module explores the substantive area of Health and Safety law, where an employer may become liable should he fail in his duty of care under common law. Despite the age of this remedy, it remains a vital safeguard for the employee in the event of an industrial injury.

Module 4 – Vicarious liability

In this module, there is an analysis of situations under which the employer will be liable for wrongful and, often, potentially dangerous acts committed by his employees. There is a consideration of the primary statutory provisions which relate to this area.

Module 5 – Discrimination

This module explores the often distressing and harmful practice of discrimination in the workplace, and what steps may or must be undertaken to prevent it. A range of areas are examines, both domestic and European sources, and the way they may be applied to individual circumstances.

Module 6 – The role of common law and equity

The essence of this module is a review of the common law mechanisms coupled with an insight into the relevance of equity. There will be an in-depth and engaging analysis of the important case law in this area.

Module 7 – Criminal law and the consumer

This module provides an overview of consumer law provisions and how it is necessary to input criminalise certain activities within this area with a view to protecting the health and safety of the consumer. A range of criminal offences are examined, along with a discussion about their enforcement mechanisms.

Module 8 – European law and the consumer

This module examines the influence of European Law with regards to our safety as consumers. There will be a discussion concerning relevant Directives and case law. Students are required to draw their knowledge of both legal sources and mechanisms gained in earlier modules, and apply them here.

Module 9 – Implications for human resource practitioner

In keeping with this being a practical course, this modules examines the implications for the human resource practitioner and how they can best seek to ensure that the major legal requirements are adhered to, whilst still trying to ensure that the needs of staff remain a paramount consideration at all times.

Module 10 – Implications for management

This final module examines the major legal implications for management and some of the essential processes of which they need a basic awareness; for example, the dismissal process and accident investigation.


This Level 3 Health + Safety Law Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

Further information on our Level 4 Diplomas can be found here: