CIPD Intermediate Award in Employment Law

Level: Intermediate   /   Suitable for in-house

This award provides you with a full understanding of the laws surrounding the employment relationship. You'll gain the expertise and confidence to apply your learning according to the law and best practice.

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Dates and Availability

  • Start Date: 23 July 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces
  • Start Date: 31 October 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces
  • Start Date: 06 December 2019
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces

Employment law is changing constantly which makes it is more important than ever to understand the latest employment law issues and be well-equipped to apply the law effectively at work.

While studying for this award, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the key areas of employment law, learn about recent changes to legislation and understand the impact these changes have on your organisation.  Plenty of practical case study work will help you gain the expertise and confidence to apply this learning back at work.

The CIPD Intermediate Award in Employment Lawcan 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. To speak to an adviser about your particular requirements, call our in-house training team on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Length of Programme
This qualification is a blend of classroom teaching, case study and assessment work and comprises a total of 60 hours learning overall. You have a maximum of six months to meet the requirement of the programme.
Who is it for
This programme is ideally suited to you if you’re a practitioner working in, or developing a career in, HR or employee relations, and seeking to extend your knowledge while gaining a professional qualification.
Course Module 1 : Introductory Workshop - Duration: 1 day

Introduction to the qualification

How to find information about employment law

  • Key influencing bodies as sources of information


What is employment law: its development and purpose

  • Underlying influences and principles of employment law,


Sources of law

  • primary and secondary English law
  • European law


How law is enforced

  • the role and structure of the courts and tribunals


The role of the Employment Tribunal

  • composition, rules of procedure,  jurisdiction
  • who can claim, time limits, case management, the hearing
  • costs and remedies
  • recent developments in tribunal claims
Course Module 2 : The Employment Law Practitioner - a complete approach - Duration: 3 days

Creating the employment relationship

  • the recruitment process, preparing contracts of employment, changing terms and conditions of employment
  • defining employee status - 'workers', 'employees' and part-timers, fixed term contracts, zero hours


Maintaining the employment relationship

  • the right to request flexible working, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave
  • working time and recent cases
  • tackling data protection issues
  • health and safety
  • avoiding discrimination
  • Managing performance
  • Grievance and disciplinary processes
  • TUPE: What is TUPE and when does it apply?


Terminating the employment relationship

  • reasons for dismissal: wrongful, unfair and constructive
  • redundancy – who and now to select, individual and collective consultation, re-deployment, retirement
  • constructive, unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • compromise agreements
  • Employment Tribunals - types of claim, who can claim, practice and procedure fees.


Programme is subject to change pending new developments.


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


  • understand the purpose of employment law and how it is enforced
  • manage recruitment and selection activities lawfully
    • the recruitment process, principles of discrimination law, contracts of employment, employment status
  • manage change and reorganisation according to the law and best practice
    • varying contracts, redundancy law, business transfers
  • manage issues relating to pay and working time
    • statutory rights in relation to pay, leave and working time, maternity, paternity and family-friendly rights
  • ensure fair and lawful treatment at work
    • health and safety, significance of implied duties, freedom of association
  • manage performance and disciplinary matters
    • wrongful, unfair and constructive dismissal, absence, conduct and capability, discipline and grievance procedures
  • describe the role played by the employment tribunal
    • composition, types of claims, case management, the hearing, alternative dispute resolution.
Please note that on successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Award in Human Resources 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 CIPD Intermediate Award in Employment Law, you must successfully complete:


  • attendance at two course modules
    • Introductory Workshop (one-day)
    • The Employment Law Practitioner - a complete approach (three-day)
  • practical case study work
  • guided reading
  • one 3,900 word assignment based on workplace scenarios.
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 success, 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:

  • comprehensive course notes and reference material, updated with the latest legal developments  
  • a free textbook ‘Essentials of Employment Law’ by Lewis and Sargeant
  • free quarterly online employment law newsletter updates – a commentary on the latest developments in employment law plus helpful tips and guidance
  • access to many relevant resources including CIPD fact sheets, templates, surveys and jargon buster.
Course Tutors

Mrs Kathy Daniels

Kathy Daniels was Head of HR at a large manufacturing organisation in the West Midlands. Whilst working there she became interested in employment law and now runs her own consultancy business specialising in employment law and employee relations. She writes extensively on the topic as well as presenting seminars and training events. She has written a number of books, including an employment law textbook which is now in its fourth edition. She writes regular newsletters for a range of organisations, including the CIPD, and is responsible for writing and updating the CIPD ‘Law at Work’ training materials. Kathy is the CIPD Lead Tutor for employment law, covering levels 3,5 and 7. Kathy is also a Lay Member of the Employment Tribunals, sitting in Birmingham.

In addition to this, Kathy lectures at Aston University teaching employment law and employee relations at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is Programme Director for the undergraduate HRM degree.

Mrs Kate Shepherd

Mrs Cas Carrington

Cas is a Partner with KLC Employment Law Consultants where she has headed up the employment law training department for 10 years. Cas develops, writes and delivers employment law training courses on a huge range of topics including the biannual CIPD ‘Law on Tour’ workshops. She teaches on many other CIPD law courses, including the Advanced Level Award in Employment Law, and also delivers training for CIPD In-Company clients. Bringing a very practical approach to her training, Cas is well known for her lively and informal style of explaining complex employment law issues. As well as being involved in training, Cas also has extensive experience of advising all types of organisations including charitable organisations, government departments, and blue chips on a wide range of employment law and employee relations issues.

Mrs Antonia McAlindin

Antonia is a qualified barrister - specialising in labour law. In addition, Toni is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an Employment Tribunal Member. She is past Chair of both the CIPD Scottish Partnership and the Women's Legal Defence Fund Scotland and a former Member of CIPD’s national committees on Employment Relations and Equal Opportunities, and a current member of its Employment Relations Panel. She was a part-time lawyer with the Citizens Advice Bureau and a member of the CBI Employment policy Panel, an Adviser to an NHS Trust and an Associate of the Edinburgh Human Resource Academy at Napier. She was formerly a Board Member of the Employment Research Institute at Napier University, a member of the Employment Forum. She was a member of the Court of Stirling University for 6 years and for 10 years was a member of the board of a Further Education College.

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.

Mr James Bryan

James Bryan has spent over 25 years working in learning, human resources and organisational development including time as a director in the NHS; on a Borough senior management team in the Metropolitan Police and leading education for the RNLI at the Lifeboat College. He currently shares his time between heading up the organisational development department at City, University of London, managing a consulting and training business and leading a community interest organisation providing leadership development to young people and adults in uniformed youth organisations.


James has qualifications in occupational psychometric testing, organisational development and workplace mediation and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute. His research interests include leadership and followership in voluntary organisations and gender equality. James has received a Herbert Lott Naval Trust award for his contribution to training in the Royal Navy and became a Freeman of the City of London in 2014.

Dates and fees

Full Up-front Qualification Fee £1,980 + VAT, Member fees: £1,800 + VAT


Module by Module Payment Option

You can either pay the full fee up-front, or pay on a course module by course module basis. If you pay on a course module by course module basis, you'll be invoiced for the two course modules separately for the total fee of:


  • CIPD Members: £1,890 + VAT
  • Non Members: £2,080 + VAT


Fees include all tuition, personal tutor support, assessment, course materials and access to the dedicated Virtual Learning Environment. They also include the Award Registration Fee. They do not include travel or accommodation. 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 - Intermediate Employment Law Introductory Workshop, Duration: 1 day day

  • 23 July 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 31 October 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 06 December 2019, London / Availability: Spaces

Module 2 - The Employment Law Practitioner - a complete approach, Duration: 3 days days

  • 29 July 2019, Manchester / Availability: Spaces
  • 20 August 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 16 September 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 15 October 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 12 November 2019, London / Availability: Spaces
  • 03 December 2019, London / Availability: Spaces

People who have been on this course say

The course gives a very thorough grounding in all aspects of employment law, from interview to dismissal. I use what I have learned almost every day at work and sometimes outside work too! The supplied text book gives you more detail if you need it and, with the course notes, provide a invaluable source of reference for the future. Catherine
The tutor provided excellent input and discussion around the key content and really shared in-depth knowledge in addition to the slides; fantastic. Helen
Tutor was very knowledgeable, explains clearly and in an understandable way. Carole, HR Advisor