Employment Law (DPLP) LAW5177

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

An elective course within the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. It will equip students with practical skills to assist them in practising employment law.


10 x 1 hour lectures

11 x 2 hour tutorials

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses







1. Tutorial. preparation, performance and participation 20%

2. Advocacy 40%

3. Drafting a response to an Employment Tribunal Claim 40%


Reassessment is not available for Assessment 1.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The course aims are:


1. To provide students with an understanding of employment law in practice;

2. To develop advanced analytical problem solving skills through a detailed examination of the remedies available in Employment Tribunals;

3. To enable students to draft and analyse requisite forms and related documents for Employment Tribunals;

4. To develop the advanced oral advocacy skills necessary to appear at Employment Tribunals; and

5. To develop the organisational skills required to prepare for, and the advocacy skills required to conduct, an evidential Tribunal hearing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Draft appropriate Employment Tribunal forms and know the purpose of different remedies available in the Employment Tribunal;

2. Prepare written legal arguments on employment law issues;;

3. Use the oral advocacy skills required to prepare for and conduct an evidential hearing, to examine witnesses, to negotiate a settlement, and to make oral submissions to a Tribunal;

4. Demonstrate a detailed and practical understanding of the process and mechanics of Employment Tribunals.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Credit will be refused if a student fails to attend a tutorial without good cause.


The requirements for the award of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is 120 credits


(a) candidates to achieve a grade D or better in all courses.

(b) candidates to achieve a grade D or better in each component part of each course.