Course guide - NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety (UK / International) 2020 Syllabus: Live Online

Your Live Online course

Live Online means that:

  • You join remotely using a PC, laptop or tablet
  • You will be able to see the tutor, PowerPoint slides and videos
  • You can interact verbally with the tutor and with the rest of the group
  • You have the option of having your camera on or off

You will be sent a hard copy of the relevant textbook and handbook which contains a revision lists (consistent with the PowerPoint slides) and practice examination questions.

We will be recording each day’s tuition so that, if you miss any of the ‘live’ sessions, you will be able to catch up later.   

Prior to the course

In the week before the course, our Live Online coordinator will contact you with details of how to access the Live Online training.  It is very simple and involves downloading Zoom software onto your device.  If you cannot download the software (due to company restrictions), you can join over the web.

Course timings

Each day will start promptly at 0900.  You will be able to log in from 0850. 

Sample timings are:

0900 – 1000

Session 1

1000 – 1015


1015 – 1115

Session 2

1115 – 1130


1130 – 1230

Session 3

1230 – 1330


1330 – 1430

Session 4

1430 – 1445


1445 – 1545

Session 5

1545 – 1600


1600 – 1700

Session 6

Qualification structure

The qualification comprises one unit:



Suggested Teaching Hours


Managing fire safety



Principles of fire and explosion



Fuel, oxygen and ignition sources and control measures



Fire protection of buildings



Safety of people in the event of fire



Fire safety risk assessment



Total hours



Our programme of study needs to be based around a minimum of 28 taught hours and approximately 20 self-study hours.

Qualification specification

The current specification can be downloaded from the NEBOSH website link.

Completing the qualification

The FSC has two unit assessments

Unit FSC1

  • Open Book Examination (OBE) based on a fictional construction site, which includes theoretical and practical application questions and a scenario-based risk assessment exercise (approximately 4 hours within a 24 hour window). A ‘Pass’ (45%) must be achieved in this unit.

You can find all the information about the OBE, including a sample OBE paper, on the following webpage:

Unit FSC2

  • Produce a fire risk assessment of a workplace which considers a wide range of identified hazards (drawn from elements 1-6 of the FSC syllabus) and meets best practice standards ‘suitable and sufficient’. A ‘Pass’ must be achieved in this unit.

A Pass must be achieved in each unit in order to be awarded the qualification

This is qualification is equivalent to an A-Level. The amount of study should not be underestimated and you should make sure that your diary is as clear as possible. You are advised to negotiate suitable self-study time in which to undertake your revision and complete the practical assessment.

You must pass both units within a period of five years.   The clock starts on the date on which you are awarded the first unit, rather than the date on which you start the course.   So, if you are awarded Unit FSC1 on 1 September 2022, you have until 31 August 2027 to successfully pass the remaining unit FSC2. 

Language requirements

Assessments are available in English only.

The standard of English required by candidates must be such that they 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 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted onto the NEBOSH Diploma programme. For further information please consult the IELTS website:

Examination and Assessment

Your British Safety Council Account Manager will advise you of examination dates and facilitates your booking.   

If you wish to change your examination date, please contact your Account Manager on 020 8741 1231 as soon as possible.  Changes are subject to space availability and may incur additional fees.

Learning agreement

You are about to embark on a challenging programme of study, but one which should enhance your knowledge and understanding of health and safety management as well as your professional status.

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 all 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.  (If you cannot attend a session, you can watch the recording)
  • 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.

Training policies

To view our training policies please click here.

NEBOSH terms and conditions

Prior to starting your course please familiarise yourself with the NEBOSH General Student Terms and Conditions which can be found here.

Queries and feedback

If you have any queries or feedback please speak with your course tutor or contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.