CIPD Foundation Award in Employment Law

Level: Foundation   /   Suitable for in-house

This qualification is the perfect introduction to the fundamental elements of employment law, exploring the key issues encountered by HR practitioners.


Dates and Availability

  • Start Date: 27 June 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Fully booked
  • Start Date: 29 August 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces
  • Start Date: 30 October 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces
  • Start Date: 16 December 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces

This qualification programme provides you with a comprehensive introduction to employment law and explores the influence of employment legislation and the legal requirements crucial to the effective management of the employment relationship.

If your objective is to understand the impact of employment law at the start of the employment relationship, recognise the main individual rights that the employee has during that relationship, and identify the issues to address at the termination of the relationship, then this foundation level qualification in employment law is for you.

The CIPD Foundation Award in Employment Law can also be provided in-house. This is a cost-effective approach if you have a number of people who require training. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We can also tailor the programme to suit your precise organisation needs. Request a call back and one of our consultants will get in touch to discuss your needs. 

Length of Programme
This qualification programme comprises a total of 60 hours learning overall, and you have a maximum of three months to complete the requirements of the programme.
Who is it for

The CIPD Foundation Award in Employment Law is for you if you:


  • are embarking on, or aspiring to a career in HR or employee relations
  • are already working in a support role in HR, and seeking to develop your knowledge and skills while gaining a professional qualification
  • have responsibility for HR activities and decisions within an organisation without a specialist function.


This is a foundation level programme and no prior knowledge/understanding of employment law or experience in HR is required.

Course Module 1 : Fundamentals of Employment Law - Duration: 2 days

Fundamentals of employment law

Creating the employment relationship

  • the recruitment process
  • the contract – the different types, offer, terms, clauses
  • immigration, criminal checks, vetting and barring
  • references and medicals - what to be aware of
  • employment status.


Maintaining the employment relationship

  • dealing with discrimination issues
  • the Equality Act and the protected characteristics Working Time Regulations and the ‘work-life’ balance
  • family friendly rights including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental leave. time off for dependants and flexible working
  • disciplinary and grievance processes
  • a practical approach to difficult issues.


Terminating the employment relationship

  • constructive, wrongful and unfair dismissal
  • resignations
  • redundancy
  • employment tribunals – who can claim, types of claim and compensation.


Programme is subject to change pending new developments.


On completion of the programme, you’ll be able to:

  • understand the impact of employment law at the start of the employment relationship, including:
    • the context within which the employment relationship operates and the impact of internal and external factors
    • different types of contracts including permanent, temporary, fixed-term and casual
    • employment status and how it affects the employment relationship.
  • recognise the main individual rights that the employee has during the employment relationship, including:
    • work-life balance and an overview of the regulations - holidays, working hours, rest periods and night working
    • family related legislation - the legal protection and an appreciation of the rights relating to maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and dependants’ leave, and flexible working
    • national minimum wage
    • discrimination - impact of discrimination law on the employment relationship; an overview of the areas covered by the Equality Act, direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
    • impact of legislation on policies and procedures.
  • identify the issues to address at the termination of the employment relationship, including:
    • handling dismissals fairly
    • discipline and grievance procedures 
    • redundancy – consultation, selection and the process of handling redundancies
    • exit interviews – the importance of understanding the reasons employees leave the organisation.
Please note that on successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Award in Human Resources Essentials and your CIPD Awarding Body certificate will reflect this. An accompanying transcript to the certificate will highlight the specific Award unit studied.

Whilst successful completion of a CIPD Award on its own does not lead to a level of CIPD professional membership as an outcome and therefore CIPD Membership is not mandatory to complete the Award, we do strongly recommend coming into Membership at the start of your studies in order to benefit from the full range of CIPD resources available to members to aid you on the programme and thereafter. You can find details of membership (including fees) here.

How to gain

To be awarded the qualification, you must:

  • attend the two-day course module - Fundamentals of Employment Law
  • successfully complete guided reading
  • successfully complete one written assignment of 3,000 words.
Special features

First-class tutors 

Whether you’re doing a course, qualification, or in-house programme, the tutors you will meet have in-depth knowledge of their subject, and combine academic expertise with years of hands-on business and industry experience. They are passionate about their specialist areas, and have proven time and time again their ability to facilitate top-quality learning and provide the best possible learning experience. So, whilst theory and models matter (and you’ll get them), they are skilled in helping you ‘translate’ them into your day-to-day reality.


Take a look at the Tutors tab on this page to view biographies of just some of the tutors you’re likely to meet on the programme. Why not look them up on Google – we’re proud of the fact that many of our tutors are among the UK’s leading experts in their specialist area.


Unlimited support from your personal tutor 

When you start your qualification programme, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide support, guidance and encouragement throughout your studies by phone or email – invaluable when you’re juggling the challenge of studying with a busy home and work life.


Comprehensive additional resources – on and offline

You’ll be provided with comprehensive and up to date documentation and reference material to support you in your studies, as well as a textbook, and access to the online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE includes extensive additional learning resources and links to articles, research, surveys and practical tools relevant to your studies. You’ll also find tips and guidance on how to complete your assignment.


A blended approach

Most of our programmes take a blended approach – combining face-to-face learning with self-study and online working (via the Virtual Learning Environment). This powerful mix is one of the best ways to achieve sustained skills enhancement, and also minimises the time you need to spend away from the office.


Practical and applicable

For your learning to work, it has to be relevant to your workplace. That’s why our programmes focus on providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply your learning back at work straight away. You’ll explore your own needs and issues, as well as share experiences, challenges and insights with other participants and your expert tutor. We constantly update and improve our programmes, to ensure they are aligned with your changing needs and prepare you for the issues facing your profession.


You’ll be given extensive resources to help you put your learning into practice as soon as you return to work. Our qualification programmes provide you with comprehensive documentation and reference material to support you in your studies.


Other unique features of this programme include:

  • flexibility – a range of course dates and locations to choose from to fit in with work and other commitments
  • comprehensive course notes and reference material, updated with the latest legal developments
  • a free textbook ‘Employment Law, an introduction for HR and business students’ written by Kathy Daniels
  • access to many relevant resources including CIPD fact sheets, templates, surveys and jargon buster
  • free quarterly online employment law newsletter updates – a commentary on the latest developments in employment law plus helpful tips and guidance.
Course Tutors

Mr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Sanjiv Ahluwalia LLM (Employment Law) LLB (Hons) is a practising solicitor. Sanjiv has held positions in private practice and local government, and spent five years in the oil industry, working as a legal adviser to two major oil companies.  He was Legal and Commercial Adviser at the Federation of Recruitment and Employment Services (now known as REC - a trade association for the recruitment industry) and subsequently worked as Associate Director of Employment Law Services for a training company. Sanjiv is an experienced lecturer, trainer and consultant in employment law and has written widely on legal issues of practical interest and importance to HR specialists, line managers and lay people generally. Sanjiv is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Sanjiv runs his own practice, providing a consultancy service to a wide range of clients. He has acted for employees and employers in cases involving various employment issues.

Dates and fees

Full Up-front Qualification Fee £1,469 + VAT, Member fees: £1,269 + VAT


The fees include all tuition, personal tutor support, assessment, course material and access to the dedicated Virtual Learning Environment. They do not include travel, accommodation, student membership or the £30 registration fee for the foundation level award if you’re not a member of the CIPD, which is payable directly to the CIPD.

CIPD Membership is not mandatory to complete the Award. However, we do strongly recommend coming into Student Membership at the start of your studies in order to benefit from the full range of CIPD resources available to members to aid you on the programme and thereafter. Please visit the latest membership prices. Membership can be renewed at the end of your membership term at your discretion.

Module 1 - Fundamentals of Employment Law, Duration: 2 days days

  • 29 August 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 30 October 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 16 December 2019, London / Availability: Spaces

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