Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Awareness

£30.00 + VAT

Course Overview

Understanding and responding to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is no longer a case of good practice but an essential requirement for organisations. New legal protections and changes in society mean that LGBT people are more visible in all walks of life and are more likely to expect treatment that is relevant and doesn’t discriminate or exclude. Research shows that people are happier and more productive in an environment in which they feel they can be themselves without fear of harassment or abuse, and although society as a whole is becoming more tolerant of a diversity of sexual orientations, homophobia is still ingrained in many institutions and communities. This continues to have an extremely negative affect on the lives of LGBT people. This course has been designed to challenge people’s views, raise awareness of LGBT issues and outline how LGBT issues relate to a study and work environment.

On completion of this Virtual College course learners will:

  • Understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, Understand the diversity of sexual orientation
  • Understand some of the ways in which prejudice and discrimination can be directed towards people of differing sexual orientations
  • Understand the effects that homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism can have on LGB people, Understand the equality legislation in relation to sexual orientation
  • Understand how LGB awareness can help to create a more welcoming and productive study or work environment, or in the community
  • Understand the effects that transphobia can have on trans people
  • Understand prejudice and discrimination in relation to trans people

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Part 1a: The Diversity of Sexual Orientation
  • Part 1b: Prejudice and Discrimination Towards Sexual Orientation
  • Part 1c: The Effects of Homophobia, Biphobia and Heterosexism
  • Part 1d: Sexual Orientation Legislation
  • Part 1e: Good Practice Points
  • Part 2: Trans Awareness Summary


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


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at individuals who are studying in educational institutions, such as schools, colleges and universities. It is also relevant for people in the workplace and anybody who would like to know more about LBGT issues.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.