Practical Labour Law online short course

Course starts 5 March 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
28 February 2020
Course Starts:
5 March 2020
8 weeks online
7 hours per week
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Develop an understanding of the South African labour law landscape and stay abreast of changes in labour law to ensure compliance, both as an employer or employee.

South African labour law has evolved considerably in recent years, as acts are amended and employment equity becomes more prevalent. Understanding it is imperative to companies and individuals looking to avoid labour disputes.

Knowledge of legal frameworks, relevant labour laws, and dispute resolution techniques are hugely beneficial for employers, legal practitioners, human resource professionals, and business owners alike. Understand your employee rights and learn to make informed decisions in the workplace with this labour and employment law course from UCT.

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What will set you apart

Advance your career with knowledge of labour law, legal implications of staff disputes, and employee rights. This UCT law short course will enable you to:

  • Practice and promote fair labour operations as an employer or employee
  • Explore grounds for dismissal, how to differentiate between fair and unfair dismissal, and the processes involved
  • Interpret the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Labour Relations Act, the Skills Development Act, and many other national acts
  • Manage the complexities involved in staff disputes, recruitment processes and fair employment

Course curriculum

South African labour law is constantly expanding to accommodate for an increasingly diverse workforce. This practical labour law online short course covers everything from employment contracts to collective labour laws. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to labour law
  • Course Module 2: The contract of employment and basic conditions of employment
  • Course Module 3: Workplace discipline and automatically unfair dismissals
  • Course Module 4: Dismissal for misconduct and poor performance or incapacity
  • Course Module 5: Dismissal for operational requirements, closures, mergers and sale of business
  • Course Module 6: Unfair employment practice and employment equity
  • Course Module 7: An introduction to collective labour law and industrial action
  • Course Module 8: Dispute resolution and CCMA procedures

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this UCT Practical Labour Law course you’ll earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 5 March 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.