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Equal Opportunities and the Law
Equal Opportunities and the Law
Equal Opportunities and the Law

Overview - Equal Opportunities and the Law

Every job candidate and employee has a legal right to be treated equally in a workplace, and equal opportunities legislation is in place to ensure this.

It is illegal to pass anyone over for an opportunity based on their race, gender, disability, religion, age, sexuality, personal history - such as whether they are an ex-offender - social background, ethnicity, political beliefs or family circumstances. Anti-discrimination and equal opportunities laws are in place to ensure equality for all.

As a result, employers need to make sure they have an equal opportunities policy in place, and taking our Equal Opportunities and the Law e-learning course can help them to understand what is required of them, recognise their own unconscious biases and create a fair and equal workplace for everyone.

What's more, failing to comply with equal opportunities legislation could potentially lead to a costly and embarrassing court case, ruining a company's reputation. Therefore, taking the Virtual College course and increasing your awareness of equal opportunities law can help to stop this from ever being the case.

Who is this course for?

Equal Opportunities and the Law is for anyone who is involved in the recruitment of new staff, including managers, supervisors and HR professionals.

Ultimately, anyone who is involved in hiring, promotions or other decisions based on a person's abilities or performance needs an understanding of equal opportunities law, so this digital learning course will benefit a wide range of people.

Course lesson plan

Equal Opportunities and the Law comprises the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome, learning outcomes and introduction
  • The law, equal opportunities and race
  • The law, equal opportunities and gender
  • The law, equal opportunities and disability
  • The law, equal opportunities and religion
  • The law, equal opportunities and age
  • The law, equal opportunities and ex-offenders
  • Applying equal opportunities to training and performance development
  • Applying equal opportunities to parents in employment

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Once you've completed this course, you'll be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Course duration

The Equal Opportunities and the Law course should take one to two hours to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed. As e-learning is self-paced, you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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