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Gender and Sexual Orientation Awareness – Online Learning

This online course aims to raise the awareness of gender identity and sexual orientation in the workplace with the aim of making everyone feel included. With this e-learning course:

  • Explain gender, identity, expression and the gender spectrum
  • Explore sexual orientation and terminology
  • Identify and examine the LGBTQIA+ identities
  • Discover the common challenges faced in the workplace
  • Establish the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees

Course Introduction

According to the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to harass, discriminate against, or unfairly treat individuals in the workplace because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or other protected characteristics. However, despite legal protections, many employees still don’t feel fully safe, accepted, valued, or empowered to be their authentic selves at work.

Improving understanding of gender and sexual orientation terminology and issues can mitigate prejudices and misunderstandings, fostering more diverse and inclusive work environments.

This course aims to enhance learners’ understanding of gender and sexuality terminology and issues. It addresses key areas including, gender identity, sexual orientation diversity, the Equality Act 2010, employer and employee roles, and action planning to promote diversity and equality.

Course Content

Module 1 – Gender and Sexual Orientation Awareness
  • Review a case study to set the scene and understand common scenarios
  • Establish the main differences between sex and gender
  • Identifying common traits that we often associate with gender
  • Establish the two components of gender identity and gender expression
  • Consider our own opinion on conforming and non-conforming
  • Establishing what cisgender and transgender means
  • Review a case study to understand common scenarios
  • Improving transgender language
  • Identifying the gender spectrum
  • Improve your understanding of gender
  • Exploring the different sexual orientations
  • Establishing sexual orientation terminology
  • Understand the evolving acronym LGBTQIA+ and acknowledging different interpretations
  • Review a case study to understand common scenarios
  • Asses your workplace and its inclusivity
  • Highlight the Equality Act 2010 and its legal implications
  • Consider your own experience of gender and sexual orientation harassment or bullying
  • Identify the challenges faced by LGBTGIA+ people in the workplace
  • Review a case study to understand common scenarios
  • Actions an employer can take
  • The business case for promoting gender and sexual orientation awareness
  • Actions you can take to improve inclusivity in the workplace
  • Creating an action plan
  • Review further case studies to understand common scenarios
Module 2 – Assessment and CPD certificate
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners


All content can be adapted and altered to suit your needs. Courses are white-label as standard, but can include logos and branding where required. We can also provide AI generated language translations on demand.


All content is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure technical accuracy, best practice and legal compliance for your learners. Updates are all automatically made to content.


Your employees will receive personalised and dated certificates upon successful completion of our CPD certified e-learning courses. All courses have relevant accreditations.


Deliver e-learning courses via your own branded learning portal provided by us or upload our regularly updated courses to your own LMS if you would prefer.

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