Employment Law


This module examines the individual contract of employment at common law and under statute and the regulation which applies to that contract


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with ability to critically analyse and evaluate the law and policy relating to the employment relationship.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse and apply the principles of employment law.

2.  Analyse and apply the principles of contract and delict to the employment relationship

3.  Analyse and discuss critically the impact of EU Law on the contract of employment

4.  Demonstrate higher level legal oral and writing skills and apply legal skills and knowledge in a practical and/or theoretical context while reflecting thereon.

Indicative Content

1 Formation of the Contract of Employment

Definition; form; jurisdiction and choice of law, continuous employment; fixed-term, retiring age.

2 Administration of Employment Law

The Tribunals system; the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and other agencies active in this field e.g. ACAS, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

3 Terms of the Contract

Minimum statutory requirements; express, implied, custom, collective agreements. Terms imposed by the common law and modified by statute. Employment protection provided by statute: e.g. suspension from work; family friendly working rights; pay; insolvency of employer.

4 Discrimination in Employment

General; Equality Act 2010 and protected characteristics of gender reassignment, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnership; equal pay

5 Discipline and Grievance

Works' rules and procedures; ACAS recommended practice.

6 Transfer of a Business

UK implementation of EU Directives; rights of transferred employees.

7 Termination of the Contract of Employment

Notice; dismissal: wrongful, unfair; redundancy; remedies.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is delivered through interactive lectorials and tutorials, where students shall participate in the learning experience. Lectorials are delivered via a mixture of traditional lectures and more active class-based activities, such as problem solving, group-based case analysis and question and discussion opportunities. Tutorials are student led and develop upon the lecture materials. Students are required to conduct hands-on literature searches and analyse and apply their research to legal problems. Students then present and discuss their findings within the tutorial setting. This provides students with the opportunity to practice and develop legal writing skills, skills of research, presentation and peer enquiry required for both the legal opinion and moot assessments. The assessments for this module requires students to engage with the literature, to include further literature research, for the peer engagement in a professional role play format for the employment law moot, and the preparation of an appropriately researched and drafted legal opinion. Feedback activities include drop-in sessions to discuss the legal opinion and moot.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 26
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 121

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.