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Trade Union Education: Certificate in Employment Law

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Course outline

This is the follow on course for reps who have completed their initial training (with TUC or their own trade union). You will work with reps from other unions and other industries to develop a better understanding of employment rights, understand how the law develops and changes and discover how knowledge of employment law can directly help build union organisation at work.

This is a practical course for union reps – not an academic course for people who want to be solicitors! Our aim to give you the tools and confidence to use the law effectively in your work as a rep

Areas covered include: employment rights in the UK and European context.

  • The impact of austerity on workers’ rights
  • Contracts of employment
  • The law on discrimination at work
  • Organising to defend rights at work. Researching employment rights
  • The UK employment law system
  • The law on industrial action
  • Collective bargaining and the law
  • Dismissal, redundancy and TUPE
  • Visit to Employment Tribunal
  • Research and communication skills

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Next steps

It is no longer possible to enrol on this course, however, we may be running the course again in the future!

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NOCN Certificate at Level 2 or 3


36 weeks

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You must be a workplace rep/shop steward of a TUC-affiliated trade union. Your employer must agree to paid release for the duration of the course.

Although no prior knowledge of employment law is expected you must have completed either TUC Union Reps stage 1 or your own union’s initial training.

Teaching & assessment

Reps attend on a day-release basis, one day per week, for 12 weeks. The course is delivered by a professional TUC tutor who is an experienced trade unionist. One day is spent observing proceedings at an Empoyment Tribunal in Nottingham.

The student makes a portfolio of work based on notes from activities completed during the course with help and guidance from the tutor. With help and guidance from the tutor, reps also undertake an individual research project into an aspect of employment law that is of particular interest or relevance to them. Each student presents their project report near the end of the course. Assessment is based on the portfolio produced and the final project report.


From this course many reps proceed to the TUC Diploma in Employment Law course.

Additional information

All course materials are provided and there is no charge to you, your union or your employer. Your employer should grant you paid release in order to take this course.

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