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.
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.
- Know the current statutory requirements for occupational health.
- 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.
The Level 6 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.
The written examinations test the English legislative position six months prior to the examination. New legislation will not be directly tested until at least six months after it has come into force.
Candidates may choose to refer to new or proposed legislation in their answers and may gain credit for knowledge of forthcoming changes.
Assessment registration and fees
Assessments (examinations and assignments) are a separate activity to the learning sessions and must be booked and paid for separately in advance.
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.
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.
There are three examination sittings each year in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The dates and venues of sittings are listed on the British Safety Council website.
Upon receipt of the Assessment Booking Form, the British Safety Council will contact the candidate with confirmation of the date, time and venue along with details of examination rules and procedures.
The closing date for booking a place at an examination is 4 weeks prior to the date of the sitting. Places are subject to availability and issued on a first come first served basis.
Bookings for an examination place made after the closing date are subject to availability and a late booking fee. Under no circumstances will bookings be accepted within five working days of an examination sitting.
Unit 1 examination
- Morning sitting starting at 9.30am
- 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
- Afternoon sitting starting at 2.00pm
- Examination results are reported as Distinction, Merit, Pass, Fail (above threshold)* or Fail. The examination carries a weighting of 50% for the unit.
* 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.
The 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 six weeks after the examination.
Candidates may choose when they complete and submit their assignments. 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 six weeks of submission.
Unit 2 assignment carries a weighting of 50% for the unit.
Unit 3 assignment carries a 100% weighting 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.
Candidates who pass all three units will be awarded the British Safety Council Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health and may use the designatory letters DipOSH after their name.
The qualification is accredited by the Qualifications Regulators at Level 6 in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as meeting the requirement for graduate membership of the Institution (Grad IOSH).
Following the successful completion of a period of initial professional development, a graduate member may apply for chartered status (CMIOSH). Holders of the Level 6 Diploma may also apply for full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).