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National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals

The NEBOSH Diploma is the flagship NEBOSH qualification. Valued by employers, this is an essential qualification for those seeking a senior position in health and safety management. Almost half of health and safety job adverts specify a NEBOSH Diploma and 40% of students that complete the Diploma achieve a salary increase (source: NEBOSH website, May 2019).

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National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals

The NEBOSH Diploma is the flagship NEBOSH qualification. Valued by employers, this is an essential qualification for those seeking a senior position in health and safety management. Almost half of health and safety job adverts specify a NEBOSH Diploma and 40% of students that complete the Diploma achieve a salary increase (source: NEBOSH website, May 2019).

It is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding required for undertaking a career as a health and safety professional and it also provides a sound basis for progression to postgraduate study.

On completion of the qualification, you will be able to:

  • Understand how health and safety legislation is applied in a workplace and the possible enforcement actions that could be taken for non-compliance and how they contribute to health and safety legal actions.
  • Use different types of health and safety leadership approaches and to be able to influence health and safety issues at all levels.
  • Influence organisational and health and safety workplace culture.
  • Proactively manage health and safety, taking account of human failures and factors.
  • Manage health and safety competence (both their own and that of the organisation).
  • Use a range of hazard identification, risk management and loss causation techniques.
  • Monitor health and safety performance.
  • Develop their role as a health and safety professional including understanding how it links with Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Effectively manage organisational change.
  • Manage contractors and supply chains.
  • Control a range of workplace health and wellbeing issues.
  • Control a range of workplace safety issues.

A number of universities offer MSc programs that accept the NEBOSH Diplomas as a full or partial entry requirement for further studies.

Why choose the British Safety Council?

  • We create a positive learning environment for all our students.
  • We are a NEBOSH Gold partner which means we exceed the NEBOSH standards, offering high quality tutorial support, excellent materials and a supportive learning journey.
  • Our expert trainers create interactive sessions that are informative and engaging and help support learning by applying knowledge using real world scenarios.
  • Unlimited dedicated study support with additional resources, tutor guidance and forums to talk with tutors and other students
  • Our pass rate is well above the national average, which means you have a greater chance of passing the first time around.
  • For over 60 years, the British Safety Council has been educating millions of workers and making hundreds of thousands of workplaces safer around the world.
  • We are a not-for-profit membership organisation, a trusted brand and a leader in driving health, safety and wellbeing innovation and engagement across our global community
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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 techniques are embedded throughout

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    Pass rates are consistently above the national average

How can I study?

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

  • Live Online: Get all the benefits of structured classroom learning with an expert tutor, but with the convenience of studying remotely, accessing our virtual, interactive classrooms via PC, laptop or tablet.  30 days + online assessments – worldwide.
  • Classroom: Enjoy our comfortable and well-equipped training centres with an expert tutor and an opportunity to interact and learn from other students. 30 days + online assessments.
  • In-Company Training: We can visit your workplace or a third party venue 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. 30 days + online assessments - worldwide.
  • Distance Learning: If you are unable to find time in your busy schedule, you might prefer to study at your own pace using the resources provided and a remote tutor available for feedback and exam support.  In addition, you will also have access to examination preparation days with a tutor.

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.

Information for students

Qualification Structure

The NEBOSH Diploma comprises three units:

 ND1 – Know – workplace health and safety principles

 ND2 – Do – controlling workplace health issues

 ND3 – Do – controlling workplace safety issues

Element

Content

Suggested Teaching Hours

Units

 

1

You will be able to source, develop, evaluate and interpret relevant health and safety information (such as legislation, guidance, best practice, procedures) and communicate it effectively to those who need it (both within your organisation and those affected by your organisation’s activities such as contractors and insurers).

16

ND1

 

2

You will be able to promote a positive health and safety culture by:

•       Gaining commitment and participation; and

•       Engaging, supporting and influencing leaders (and others) to change attitudes and behaviour and make health and safety a priority.

19

ND1

 

3

You will be able to assess, develop and maintain individual and organisational health and safety

competence.

5

ND1

 

4

You will be able to understand risk management including the techniques for identifying hazards, the different types of risk assessment, considerations when implementing sensible and proportionate additional control measures and developing a risk management strategy.

6

ND1

 

5

You will be able to develop and implement proactive and reactive health and safety monitoring systems and carry out reviews and auditing of such systems.

12

ND1

 

6

You will be able to continually develop your own professional skills and ethics to actively influence

improvements in health and safety by providing persuasive arguments to workers at all levels.

5

ND1

 

7

You will be able to develop a health and safety policy strategy within your organisation (including

proactive safety, Corporate Social Responsibility and the change management process).

5

ND1

 

8

You will be able to contribute to health and safety legal actions.

4

ND1

 

9

You will be able to manage contractors and supply chains to ensure compliance with health and

safety standards.

3

ND1

 

10

You will be able to advise the organisation on a range of common workplace health issues/

hazards including how these can be assessed and controlled and the legal duties associated with

these issues/hazards.

60

ND2

 

11

You will be able to advise the organisation on a range of common workplace safety issues/

hazards including how these can be assessed and controlled and the legal duties associated with

these issues/hazards.

54

ND3

 

 

Total hours

191

 

               

 

A programme of study is based around a minimum of 191 taught hours and approximately 144 hours of self-study for an overall total of 335 hours (excluding assessment time).

Assessment

The qualification comprises of three assessments:

  1. ND1 Assignment (in four parts - simulations, workplace based activities, reflective tasks and a research project)
  2. ND2 Case study (simulation only)
  3. ND3 Case study (simulation only)

Each unit can be completed remotely accompanied by an online closing interview discussing your work.

The grading is based on the combined percentage mark for the 3 units. All three units must achieve a pass in order to be awarded the qualification.

Qualification Level

The NEBOSH National Diploma is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at level 10 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).  For users in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this is comparable to a vocationally-related qualification (VRQ) at Level 6 in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  In academic terms, a Level 6 VRQ is comparable to an honours degree.

Professional Recognition

The NEBOSH National Diploma meets the academic requirements for:

  • Graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH).
  • Member status (MIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Language Requirements

Assessments are available in English only.

Your standard of English must be such that you can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. 

NEBOSH recommends that non-native speakers undertaking this qualification should have a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or higher in IELTS tests.  For further information please consult the IELTS website: www.ielts.org

Enrolment Period

When you pass your first unit, your enrolment period is automatically re-set and you have a further 5 years to pass the remaining two units. In other words, your first unit has a shelf-life of 5 years. If you do not pass the remaining two units within 5 years, your first unit will expire and you will have to retake this unit in order to pass the qualification.

Assessments

We anticipate that it will take you around 60 hours to complete the ND1 assignment and 40 hours each for the ND2 and ND3 case studies.

Unit ND1: 6 weeks (30 working days)
Unit ND2: 4 weeks (20 working days)
Unit ND3: 4 weeks (20 working days)

There will be two assessments dates per year.

ND – 120th October 2021

ND2 – 8th December 2021

ND3 – 10th February 2022

To reserve your place at an examination preparation day, email [email protected]

Booking your assessments

Your assessments should be booked through your British Safety Council account manager. If you’re not sure of their contact details, email [email protected]   The deadline for booking an assessment is 6 weeks prior to the examination date. 

Examination preparation days

We run free assessment preparation days.  These are ‘live online’ which means that you join a Zoom call remotely using a computer or tablet.  You don’t have to download Zoom software; you can join over the web.  You will be able to see and interact verbally with the tutor and with the rest of the group.

You are strongly advised to attend these days and should come to the day fully revised so that you can practice applying your knowledge and understanding to the questions set.

To reserve your place at an examination preparation day, email [email protected] 

Learning Agreement

The qualification specification (syllabus) can be found here.

When you join the course, we ask you to enter into the following agreement with us:

The British Safety Council will:

  • Use suitably qualified and experienced tutors to deliver the tuition
  • Cover all the specification learning outcomes
  • Provide or direct you to the information you need to pass the qualification
  • Provide you with expert advice on revision and examination technique
  • Respond in a timely manner to any queries
  • Be diligent and courteous at all times.

You must:

  • Attend all scheduled sessions
  • Contribute to group discussions in a positive manner
  • Endeavour to be active, rather than passive in terms of learning
  • Complete the required number of revision hours
  • Pay particular attention to advice regarding revision and examination technique
  • Bring any learning difficulties to our attention at the earliest opportunity.

NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions

The NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Qualification Specification

The qualification specification (syllabus) can be found here.

Learning Resources

British Safety Council resources:

  • Study books
  • Learning aid and resources
  • Links to other essential reading
  • Unit activities
  • Revision guidance
  • Open book examination guidance
  • Mock exam questions
  • Advice on studying and examination techniques
  • Dedicated tutor.

Tutor Support

Your tutor will provide support in relation to subject content and assessment preparation. They can be contacted by telephone, video call or email.

Results and Certificates

Results are released 50 working days after the submission date for the assessment. A unit certificate will be issued 20 working days after the notification date for each successful unit.  

Once all three unit assessments (ND1/ND2/ND3) are passed, a  combined percentage mark will give an overall grade for the qualification (Distinction/Credit/Pass).

Distinction 226 or higher
Credit 196 – 225
Pass 150 – 195

A qualification parchment will be issued 20 working days after the results notification date for the third successful unit. 

Queries and Complaints

Should you have any queries, please contact our Education Team ([email protected])

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by your tutor or our Education Team, please contact our Customer Service Team ([email protected]).

You can also refer the matter to NEBOSH ([email protected]).

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by NEBOSH, please contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority ([email protected]).

Prior Learning

The NEBOSH Diploma is an advanced qualification and an equivalent to a Foundation level Degree.  Therefore, to increase your chances of successfully passing your NEBOSH Diploma, the British Safety Council strongly recommend that you have prior learning gained through previous health and safety qualifications, such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate, before undertaking this course.  If you do not hold such a recognised qualification, please contact [email protected]  to discuss your options.  Please also see the recommend knowledge required by NEBOSH here.

Live Online

Live Online

We are pleased to now offer the NEBOSH Diploma Live Online. Students can join remotely and learn ‘live’ with a tutor just as they would in a classroom.  

Price
£4,995 full course (exc VAT and exams and assessments)

Please request a call back if you are interested in completing an individual unit. 

Upcoming Dates

April 2021 course

Unit C1: 01/11/2021 (5 days)
Unit C2: 22/11/2021 (5 days)

October 2021 course

Unit A1: 20/09/2021 (5 days)
Unit A2:
11/10/2021 (5 days)

Unit B1: 10/01/2022 (5 days)
Unit B2: 24/01/2022 (5 days)

Unit C1: 25/04/2022 (5 days)
Unit C2: 09/05/2022 (5 days)

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Study remotely and learn ‘live’ with a tutor just as you would in a classroom. 

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.

Students join via the web using a PC, laptop or tablet.  The course is run using Zoom, but students don’t need to download any software.  Throughout the course, students can see and interact with the tutor and with each other.

The three sets of written examinations can be taken in January and July, and there are four submission dates each year for the workplace-based assignment. 

Why study Live Online?

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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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    Tutor support for individual learners

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 assessments can be taken twice a year remotely.

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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Distance Learning

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

Our distance learning course comprises:

  • Textbooks (posted to you)
  • Links to other essential reading
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Revision sheets
  • Past examination questions
  • Model answers to select examination questions
  • Examiners’ reports
  • Advice on studying and examination technique
  • Guidance on completing your assignment.

In addition, we hold free examination preparation days and free assignment.

Tutor support is available by phone and email. Tutors will mark and provide feedback on answers to practice examination questions.

There are three assessments you can complete remotely. You have up to five years to complete the course. Most people complete within 18 – 24 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

What's next?

You can start study via distance learning at any time.

Distance Learning | £1495 (exc. VAT) | Register your interest

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