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NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

  • Level 5 Qualification
City and Guilds Accredited Health and Safety NVQ Qualification

A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a qualification that recognises the competence of a person in a work situation.

Unlike traditional health and safety training qualifications that rely on teaching and examinations, a health and safety NVQ uses performance on-the-job as a basis for the assessment, meaning that a person can achieve the qualification with minimal disruption to their workplace commitments.

The NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is specific to people who have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice. This health and safety qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 5 and is worth 108 credits. Many universities will accept this qualification as suitable entry requirements for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate study in health and safety.

As the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is work-based, and involves the collection of evidence from your normal day-to-day activities, candidates must be in a job role that allows them to collect and provide this. This will probably be individuals who have already acquired some experience, and candidates must be in a health and safety managerial position, where they are able to influence the policy and practice of their organisation.



Programme Structure


NEBOSH Exams

There are eleven individual mandatory units that must be completed to obtain the overall qualification and a further six elective units of which unit 611 must be completed to gain IOSH graduate membership:

Mandatory Units:
  • 401 - Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety
  • 510 - Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • 511 - Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence
  • 512 - Control health and safety risks
  • 513 - Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • 514 - Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • 515 - Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems
  • 516 - Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • 517 - Develop and implement a health and safety audit
  • 518 - Behavioural safety in the workplace
  • 610 - Develop and implement the health and safety policy

Elective Units:
  • 519 - Influence improvements in health and safety practice
  • 520 - Develop, implement and review the organisations health and safety strategy
  • 521 - Contribute to health and safety legal actions
  • 522 - Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • 523 - Develop and implement the health and safety induction process
  • 611 - Professional development and ethics in health and safety management**

** This unit (611) must be completed to gain IOSH graduate membership recognition.



Evidence Gathering and Submission


NVQ Evidence Gathering and Submission

The NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is a highly practical programme, and one of our team of personal NVQ advisors/assessors will assist you to build a portfolio of work-based evidence which meets the requirements of City & Guilds. Our approach is one-to-one, and we structure our programme of assistance to suit your needs as a busy health and safety practitioner, using our unique secure website, known as an ePortfolio, to build your portfolio of work evidence.

Our ePortfolio system allows candidates to complete and present their portfolio of evidence online using our tailored City & Guilds-approved system. Candidates can study when they want, where they want, with no bulky paper-based portfolios to manage, store or send through the post. Your portfolio is based online, accessible via an internet browser.

The system is intuitive to use with minimal training required, and support as needed from our health and safety NVQ assessors/advisors. Candidates can track their own progress at all times, having instant access to course materials and resources. Candidates can also easily upload evidence into their e-portfolio and communicate with their NVQ assessor/advisor effectively and easily.

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NVQ Programme Support


NVQ programme support

Our health and safety consultants are qualified and experienced professionals with a background in vocational training and assessment. All consultants hold Graduate or Chartered Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

You will have an allocated personal NVQ advisor/assessor who will work with you to collect your portfolio of evidence. They will be your dedicated point of contact, available by telephone, email or video conference. Our team are also available for personal review sessions at our Nottingham office.



Entry Requirements


Health and Safety NVQ Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice; however candidates must have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice. They will report directly to the senior management team and have direct access to the responsible persons. They will be responsible for developing and implementing health and safety policies to ensure the organisation is compliant with all current health and safety legislation in a workplace with complex risks.

It would also be advisable for candidates to already hold a health and safety qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent.

We also need written confirmation (on company letterhead) from your employer giving permission for you to use company documents for educational purposes only, in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Entry dates are flexible, and you can enrol on the programme at any point in the year. Contact with your advisor/assessor will be flexible via e-mail, telephone, video conference or at open days scheduled throughout the year. This is principally a distance learning type approach with no need to attend specific dates, making it ideal for those who need to fit their studies around their working hours.



Enhanced Learning Credits


NEBOSH General Certificate ELCAS (ELC) Funding

Service personnel who qualify for Enhanced Learning Credits can use them towards enrolling on an NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice qualification.

If you have ELCAS credits to use and are interested in enrolling on an NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice, please call us on 0115 984 9940 or contact us online by clicking on the button below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is highly flexible and can be completed in a time period to suit candidates. Normally this will be between six months to one year but depends upon the amount of time each candidate can contribute. We offer up to 12 months tutor support. If extra support is needed after this time, then extra costs may be incurred.

The qualification is likely to involve 419 hours of study and preparation (although this figure is notional and exact hours will depend upon experience). As a minimum time period, certification cannot be claimed until at least ten weeks after registration.

Upon completion of the NVQ requirements, candidates will be awarded a official City and Guilds accredited NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. A separate certificate will detail all individual units completed as part of the overall health and safety NVQ programme.

The cost of the NVQ 5 health and safety qualification is £1,356.00 + vat. This price includes the registration fee with City & Guilds, tutor support for 12 months, and all certification costs.




How to Enrol

If you are interested in obtaining the NVQ Diploma Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice, please complete the pre-registration form (which can be accessed by clicking on the link below) and return it, along with a current CV and job description, either by e-mail to sales@atcrisk.co.uk or by post or fax using the information given on the form. Once we have received your form, one of our health and safety NVQ assessors will check to make sure that you are currently in a role which allows you to gather the required evidence for the programme, and be in touch to discuss the specific details of the NVQ programme.

Please feel free to call us on 0115 984 9940, or use our online contact form if you have any questions, or just want to discuss the NVQ programme in more detail with one of our health and safety experts.

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Other Health and Safety NVQs

Please see below for other Health and Safety NVQ qualifications which you may be interested in:

NVQ Level 3 Health and Safety

The Level 3 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety is intended for those whose job role encompasses the area of general health and safety practice, and is suitable for those new to a health and safety role, or mangers who wish to formalise their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace.

Candidates must complete five mandatory units plus two elective units from a choice of topics.

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