CIPD Foundation Award in Employment Law

Level: Foundation   /   Suitable for in-house

Get a comprehensive introduction to employment law and explore the key issues encountered by HR practitioners.

While studying for this award, you will:

  • explore the fundamentals of employment law
  • develop the skills and knowledge to overcome common day-to-day issues in the area of employment law
  • gain full understanding of the impact of employment law from the beginning to the end of the employment relationship.


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  • Start Date: 29 August 2019
  • Location: London
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What you'll learn

There is one module you’ll attend as part of this programme:

Module 1: Fundamentals of Employment Law - 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.

What's involved?

To be awarded the CIPD Foundation Award in Employment Law, 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.
How long will it take to complete?
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.


Full Up-front Qualification Fee


  • CIPD Members: £1,269 + VAT
  • Non Members: £1,469 + VAT


What do the fees include?

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 dates

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

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

  • 30 October 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 13 November 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 16 December 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 06 February 2020, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 02 April 2020, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 04 June 2020, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 11 August 2020, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 01 October 2020, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 01 December 2020, London / Availability: Spaces

Run this programme in-house

The CIPD Advanced Award in Employment Law can also be provided in-house. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We can also tailor the programme to suit your precise organisation needs. To speak to our customer services team about your particular requirements, call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Got a question?

Speak to one of our highly knowledgeable course advisers on ​ +44 (0)20 8612 6202​ .