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Course Guide - BSC International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

A introduction on how to lead this course.

Timings

Please organise your travel to arrive at the course venue by 08:45 hours and register your attendance.
The course will start promptly at 09:00 hours and is scheduled to finish at 17:00 hours.

Please Note: Timings are subject to change at the discretion of the course tutor.

Learning outcomes

All candidates should familiarise themselves with the specification for the International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.

Specification

All details regarding this qualification and the related assessments are available within this specification.

At the end of the training, the candidate should be able to:

  • Understand the need for managing health and safety at work.
  • Understand how the law relating to health and safety at work is developed and applied.
  • Understand how to develop and implement a health and safety management system.
  • Understand how to identify and evaluate hazards and risks associated with workplace activities.
  • Understand how to develop and implement control strategies for managing health and safety risks at work.
  • Know how to report and investigate health and safety incidents at work.
  • Understand how to reduce the impact of workplace activities on the environment.
  • Understand how an occupational health strategy integrates with an effective health and safety management system.
  • Understand how occupational health hazards affect people.
  • Understand how the health of vulnerable persons can be managed in the workplace.
  • Understand how to identify and evaluate occupational health hazards and risks.
  • Understand how to develop and implement control strategies for managing occupational health risks.
  • Understand the importance of promoting a positive health and safety culture within an organisation.
  • Be able to assess the existing health and safety culture of an organisation.
  • Understand the factors that influence staff behaviour.
  • Know how to develop a strategy for improving the health and safety culture of an organisation.
  • Be able to develop and present a business case for improving the health and safety culture of an organisation.

Assessment information

The International Diploma comprises of three mandatory units each assessed individually via two written examinations and two workplace-based assignments.

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Health and Safety Management
    • Assessed by a 3-hour written examination in two parts. Part A comprises one compulsory, stimulus-based question relating to a fictitious workplace and questions centred on risk management. Part B comprises eight compulsory short-answer questions 
  • Unit 2 - Safeguarding People’s Health in the Workplace
    • Assessed by a 2½-hour written examination and an assignment based on an occupational health hazard in the candidate’s workplace. The examination comprises ten compulsory short-answer questions 
  • Unit 3 - Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture in the Workplace
    • Assessed by an assignment involving an assessment of the health and safety culture in the candidate’s workplace, preparation of a strategy for improving that culture and a business case to support the strategy.

Language of assessment

The qualification is assessed in English only. Assessments will be presented in English and candidates must respond in English.
Candidates for whom English is a second language are advised that their reading and writing skills should be equivalent to at least Level 6 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test for Non-Native Speakers of English.
Candidates may obtain information on this language testing service from the IELTS website (www.ielts.org).

Assessment registration and fees

Assessments are arranged by the British Safety Council at selected British Council offices worldwide. To find the location of your nearest British Council office please contact the British Safety Council Qualifications Team on +44 (0) 208 741 1231 or e-mail [email protected].

Assessments can be taken in any order and must be booked and paid for directly with the British Safety Council and are a separate activity to the learning sessions.

To book your assessments, please download the booking form from the website (www.britsafe.org), and return the completed form by post or fax +44 (0)844 583 4731​​.

Examinations must be requested at least four weeks before the preferred date to allow enough time for schedulling and for the relevant materials to be dispatched.
When requesting the examination, please state at which of the British Council locations you would like to sit the examination and on what date.

If the British Council office is not able to accommodate your preferred examination date, a member of our Qualifications Team will contact you to identify an alternative examination date.

The total cost of assessment consists of a registration fee and an amount for each examination and assignment. Current fees are published on the British Safety Council website. The full assessment fee must accompany the booking.
Should you have any enquiries regarding the booking process, please telephone the British Safety Council Qualifications Team on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Examinations

Examinations can be taken in any order.

  • Unit 1 Examination
    • Results are reported as Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. In order to pass this unit, candidates must achieve the pass mark and score at least 40% in each of sections A and B.
  • Unit 2 Examination
    • Results are reported as Distinction, Merit, Pass, Fail (above threshold)* or Fail. The examination carries a weighting of 50% for the unit.


Examination and assignment marks are scaled and aggregated to give a total scaled mark for the unit as a whole. Unit grades are reported as Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail.

Results are communicated to candidates eight weeks after the examination. Candidates may access their result online via our website from 12.00pm GMT on the result issue day by using their PIN number.


* It is possible to fail one component (examination or assignment) but still pass the unit (because of a strong performance in the other component), provided the candidate scores at least 40% in the failed component. This score of 40% is termed the ‘threshold mark’ and should not be confused with the pass mark.​

Assignments

Candidates may choose when they complete and submit their assignments. An assessment assignment is required for both Unit 2 and Unit 3.

Upon receipt of an assignment booking, the British Safety Council will e-mail the candidate to confirm the booking and provide an electronic cover sheet which must be completed and submitted with the assignment.

Assignment results are reported as Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail and issued within eight weeks of submission. Candidates may access their result online via our website from 12.00pm GMT on the result issue day by using their PIN number.

Unit 2 assignment carries a weighting of 50% for the unit.

Awarding units and qualification results

Each unit in the qualification has a shelf-life of five years, therefore, candidates must pass all three units within five years of the date of their first unit awarded in order to achieve the qualification.

Candidates who achieve a pass grade in a unit will receive a result notification as a record of achievement.

Feedback

We very much look forward to seeing you and wish you great success on your course.  If you have any queries or feedback please feel free to speak with your course tutor or contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.