Employment Law (QQI Level 6)

374.00 324.00

  • Course Fee: Special Offer: €324
  • Award: QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Employment Law (6N4322).
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

Course Description

This QQI Employment Law course is designed to enable the learner to gain an in depth understanding of the Legislative Environment in which a modern business must survive. Learners will be aware of and be able to apply the Legislation that applies to their particular area of business.

It is designed to equip participants with knowledge of the component parts of employment law and an appreciation of how employment law principles work in practice. In addition, candidates who successfully complete this module will develop an in-depth understanding of the statutory frameworks which regulate the employer/employee relationship.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to obtain a general understanding of Employment Law principles and to enable them to appreciate the role of the law in their Business or work place environment.
  • Business Owners looking to up skill their knowledge on all Employment Law and Legislations.
  • People who wish to gain a professional, internationally recognised qualification in Law by distance learning.


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • develop an understanding of the sources of and rationale behind Irish employment law
  • explain the impact current legislation has on the key aspects of employment practice
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of the characteristics of a contract of employment, including statutory and EC law regulation of the employment relationship
  • appreciate the role of law in regulating working conditions and promoting fairness, equality and best practice in the workplace
  • demonstrate awareness of the practices and procedures relating to disciplinary matters
  • describe types, legal provisions and rights relating to discrimination
  • appreciate how the law has developed to grant family friendly rights to employees
  • appreciate the legal significance of HR policies and procedures, particularly in relation to disputes or legal action
  • critically evaluate the impact of an aspect of employment law on working conditions in their own vocational area.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification. Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension. Assignments may be emailed or posted to the College whichever is more convenient.

Course Details


Topics covered include:

Unit 1: The Regulatory Framework

Unit 2: Contracts of Employment

Unit 3: Discrimination

Unit 4: Dismissal and Redundancy

Unit 5: Health & Safety at Work

Unit 6: Collective Employment Law.


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • Level 5 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.
  • Learners are expected to be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information for a Level 5 award and more complex information for Level 6 award.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».


Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 6 credit towards a QQI Major award in any of the following areas:
    6M5013 Administration.
    6M4978 Health Services Management Skills.
    6M4584 Management.



This course is assessed through a combination of assignments and a supervised exam. Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment.


Examination (Theory-Based) 40%
Assignments x 2 60%



The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assesses candidates’ ability to recall and apply theory and understanding gained through lectures, self-directed study and homework style exercises completed by the candidates during the module.

The two hour supervised examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes. Candidates will be offered a choice of six questions in two sections from which they must attempt two. The selection of questions will be varied and will include a combination of case note questions and questions which require a critical analysis of a legislative enactment of part thereof.

The case note type question will typically require the candidate to analyse the judgment(s) and demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues which arose for decision by the Court/Labour Court/Equality Tribunal/Employment Appeals Tribunal in two of four leading cases.


Assignments x 2:

The internal assessor will devise a brief/questions that requires candidates to produce evidence that demonstrates an understanding and application of a range of specific learning outcomes.



  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Employment Law (6N4322) from QQI.
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Employment Law 6N4322 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.

If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

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