This module provides an introduction and overview of the concepts of equality and diversity and provides important definitions and distinctions upon which the rest of the course is built.


There is no single definition of equality and everyone will have their own personal interpretation of what it means to them. For the purposes of this e-learning course, we would define equality as the framework that enables opportunity, access, participation and contribution that is fair and inclusive.

This right to fair and inclusive participation and contribution is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010. The Act entitles us all – as students, employees and users of services – to be treated fairly and not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of our age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Equality in Young People

A number of key facts regarding the equality of young people are represented below by an image with accompanying text underneath. Learn about each fact by slowly dragging the selector to the right until you have familiarised yourself with all three systems:


Diversity is the acknowledgement and respect of differences within and between groups of people. What is diversity? Diversity means valuing the differences between people and the ways in which those differences can contribute to a richer, more creative and more productive working environment

Protected Characteristics

The following graphic contains a number of images and corresponding protected characteristics. Click the “turn” button at the bottom centre of the image card to learn about these characteristics. Then proceed through each of the remaining categories of protection by selecting the blue arrow at the bottom right of each card:

Knowledge Test: Module One