NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma is the “Gold Standard” in health and safety qualifications. Valued by employers, this is an essential qualification for those seeking a senior position in health and safety management. 50% of health and safety job adverts specify a NEBOSH Diploma and, on average, holders of the Diploma earn 16% (£7,600) more than people who do not hold the Diploma. Holders of the NEBOSH Diploma can apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH). 

Our National Diploma course focuses on practical health and safety management that can be applied in your workplace and intensive examination preparation. Our pass rates are consistently high which means you have a good chance of passing first time round.

Select a study option:

At a training centre

In your workplace

Distance learning

Why choose the British Safety Council?

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    We are one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations

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    Our tutors are experts in health and safety and are excellent teachers

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    Learning is student-centred and interactive

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    Study skills and examination technique are embedded throughout

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    Pass rates are consistently above the national average

What's in it for me?

The NEBOSH National Diploma is valued by employers. Gaining this qualification will boost your career prospects. Diploma holders can apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH). Many then progress to become chartered members (CMIOSH).

If you have any questions about our occupational health and safety training courses, please visit our FAQs

Qualification overview

The qualification is divided into four units:

Unit A – Managing health and safety

  • Principles of health and safety management
  • Principles of health and safety law
  • Criminal law
  • Civil law
  • Loss causation and incident investigation
  • Measuring and reviewing health and safety performance
  • Assessment and evaluation of risk
  • Risk control
  • Organisational factors
  • Human factors
  • The role of the health and safety practitioner

Unit B – Hazardous substances / agents

  • Managing occupational health
  • Identification, assessment and evaluation of hazardous substances
  • Control of hazardous substances
  • Monitoring and measuring of hazardous substances
  • Biological agents
  • Noise and vibration
  • Radiation
  • Mental ill-health and dealing with violence and aggression at work
  • Musculoskeletal risks and controls
  • Work environment risks and controls

Unit C – Workplace and work equipment safety

  • Workplace welfare requirements and specific workplace issues
  • Fires and explosions
  • Workplace fire risk assessment
  • Storage, handling and processing of hazardous substances
  • Work equipment
  • Workplace machinery
  • Mobile, lifting, access and work at height equipment
  • Electrical safety
  • Construction and works of a temporary nature – hazards and controls
  • Workplace transport and managing work-related road risk

Unit DNI – Application of Health and Safety Theory and Practice

8,000-word work-based project


Three x 3-hour written examinations (Units A, B and C) and an 8,000-word work-based project (Unit DNI).

NEBOSH Examination and Assessment Fees: £600


How can I study?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes.

You can attend a course at one of our training centres, study for the qualification by distance learning or we can deliver the course in your workplace.

In your workplace

We can visit your workplace and deliver the course on dates of your choice. This is an effective way of training a group of people as it saves on travel costs and allows students to keep in touch with work.

The six-week course can either be delivered as six 1-week blocks or, if you prefer, on separate days over a longer period.

The three sets of written examinations can be taken in January and July and the workplace-based assignment is submitted after the examinations.

Why in your workplace?

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    Cost-effective option for a group of learners

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    Face-to-face courses have the highest pass rates

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    Expert teaching by an experienced tutor

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    Class discussions can be company-specific

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    Allows students to keep in touch with work

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At a training centre

Our well-equipped training centres allow you to get away from the distractions of the workplace and focus on your qualification.

The six-week course (6 x 1-week blocks) is delivered over a period of nine months by highly qualified and experienced tutors in an interactive and engaging manner which makes learning easier.

The three sets of written examinations can be taken in January and July, and the workplace-based assignment is submitted after the examinations.

Why a training centre?

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    Face-to-face courses have the highest pass rates

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    Focused study away from workplace distractions

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    Expert teaching by an experienced tutor

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    Tutor support for individual learners

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    An opportunity to interact with and learn from other students

London - Hammersmith

British Safety Council

70 Chancellors Road, London W6 9RS. View in google maps

October - July

Monday 15 October 2018

£4,995.00(exc. VAT)

Unit A1: 15/10/2018 (5 days)

Unit A2: 05/11/2018 (5 days)

Unit A Exam: 15/01/2019 

Unit B1: 04/03/2019 (5 days)

Unit B2: 25/03/2019 (5 days)

Unit C1: 29/04/2019 (5 days)

Unit C2: 20/05/2019 (5 days)

Unit B Exam: 17/07/2019 

Unit C Exam: 18/07/2019 

Unit D Assignment: date TBC

April 2019 - January 2020

Monday 08 April 2019

£4,995.00(exc. VAT)

Unit A1: 08/04/2019 (5 days)

Unit A2: 13/05/2019 (5 days)

Unit A Exam: 16/07/2019

Unit B1: 02/09/2019 (5 days)

Unit B2: 23/09/2019 (5 days)

Unit C1: 28/10/2019 (5 days)

Unit C2: 18/11/2019 (5 days)

Unit B Exam: date TBC

Unit C Exam: date TBC

Unit D Assignment: date TBC

October 2019 - May 2020

Monday 14 October 2019

£4,995.00(exc. VAT)

Unit A1: 14/10/2019 (5 days)

Unit A2: 11/11/2019 (5 days)

Unit A Exam: 14/01/2020

Unit B1: 09/03/2020(5 days)

Unit B2: 30/03/2020 (5 days)

Unit C1: 27/04/2020 (5 days)

Unit C2: 18/05/2020(5 days)

Unit B Exam: date TBC

Unit C Exam: date TBC

Unit D Assignment: date TBC

Distance Learning

If you can’t find time in your busy schedule to attend a classroom course, then distance learning is the answer.

The structured programme includes PowerPoint presentations, textbooks, interactive e-Learning knowledge checks, revision sheets and practice questions. Tutor support is available via e-mail.

There are three 3-hour written examinations and a workplace-based assignment. You have up to five years to complete the course and assessments. However, most people complete within 18 months.

Why distance learning?

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    Structured and easy to follow programme

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    Study wherever and whenever suits you

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    Perfect for people with busy lives

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    Most cost-effective way to study for this qualification

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    Tutor support via e-mail

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