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Course Guide - NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Distance Learning)

An introduction on to how to lead this course.

Qualification Structure

The qualification comprises four units, each of which is assessed separately:

Unit A: Managing health and safety

  • Assessed by a 3-hour written examination

Unit B: Hazardous agents in the workplace

  • Assessed by a 3-hour written examination

Unit C: Workplace and work equipment safety

  • Assessed by a 3-hour written examination

Unit D: Application of health and safety theory and practice

Written assignment of approximately 8000 words designed to test knowledge across the syllabus, assessing application of health and safety theory and practice

Students may choose to take individual units in any order over a five year period. For each completed unit with a pass grade, candidates receive a unit certificate.

Upon successful completion of all four units, candidates are awarded the overall qualification: the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Please be aware that you will need to do 2 hours homework each night after attending the course, and a minimum of 48 hours revision for each exam.

Learning Outcomes

For a comprehensive list of learning outcomes, please refer to the NEBOSH website. www.nebosh.org.uk.

Study Information

Upon registration, students receive, by post, three text books (one for each of units A, B and C) to support their study.  Students are also given access to the Learner Resource Area on the British Safety Council website which contains additional resources.
 
Students are able to submit queries by e-mail to an experienced British Safety Council tutor. 
 
There are free examination technique days (one for each of units A, B and C) in London approximately a month before each NEBOSH national examination day.  The examination technique days are led by an experienced British Safety Council tutor and focus on applying students’ knowledge and understanding to sample NEBOSH examination questions.
 
There is a free Unit D assignment briefing day in London.

Language of Assessment

Students are expected to have a standard of English 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 7.0 or higher. For further information please consult the IELTS website: http://www.ielts.org/.

Assessment information

Examinations are normally held annually in the third full week of January and in the first full week of July. 
Successful completion of the assessments will give candidates an internationally recognised qualification. 

Holders of the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety may use the designatory letters “DipNEBOSH” after their name and are invited to the annual NEBOSH Graduation and Awards Ceremony in the year following the successful completion of their award.

The Diploma also entitles the holder to apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (GradIOSH). This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner as a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH). 

This qualification is also accepted by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (www.iirsm.org) as meeting their requirements for full membership (MIIRSM) as well as being accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 10 with 47 SCQF credit points. SCQF Level 10 is comparable to NQF/QCF Level 6 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

British Safety Council Policies

To view our policies please click here.  

Assessment Registration and Fees

The dates for the candidate assessments (examinations and workplace assignment) are selected at the time of booking on to the course with your British Safety Council Account Manager. 

If the candidate wishes to change the examination date, they should make contact with the British Safety Council Account Manager on +44 (0)20 8741 1231 as soon as possible. Please Note: any changes are subject to space availability and may incur additional fees.

Examinations for Units A, B and C take place in London.  Three to four weeks prior to the scheduled examination date the candidate will receive a reminder of the date and location along with a NEBOSH Registration Form to be completed and returned to the British Safety Council Examinations Officer in London.  Unit D, the assignment, is sent directly to NEBOSH for marking. 

Should you have any queries regarding the process, please contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Feedback

We hope you enjoy the distance learning programme and wish you success with the qualification.  If you have any queries or feedback please contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231.

Terms and Conditions

As NEBOSH is the awarding organisation for this qualification, it is important that you are familiar with their terms and conditions. These are available in your Learner Resource Area (LRA) on the British Safety Council website (www.britsafe.org). Please access the LRA by using the login information you created from your course confirmation email or you can visit the NEBOSH website directly (www.nebosh.org.uk).