NEBOSH National Diploma Occupational Health and Safety (part-time)

Gain a globally recognised NEBOSH diploma to take you and your employer to the forefront of health and safety.

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Course overview

This 18-month part-time national diploma is ideal if you want to reinforce or advance a career in occupational health and safety. It provides the understanding that supports competent performance as an occupational health and safety practitioner.

Enrolling on the diploma means you're also enrolled on the four-year BSc in Safety and Environmental Management (with NEBOSH). So you could stop after obtaining the NEBOSH diploma – or continue your studies and add the BSc qualification to your CV.

The diploma meets the academic requirements for graduate membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Six reasons to study NEBOSH Occupational Health and Safety at Hull

  1. 94% graduate employability rating*
  2. This programme is accredited by NEBOSH
  3. Pathway to membership of industry body, IOSH
  4. Work on projects with major industrial firms§
  5. Gain CV-boosting skills in developing profession
  6. Opt to carry on studying to gain a full BSc degree

What you'll study

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Know – workplace health and safety principles (UK)

    This module follows the NEBOSH National Diploma Unit ND1 syllabus. Topics covered include principles of risk management including identifying hazards, risk assessment and developing a risk management strategy. Developing a health and safety policy strategy. Principles of health and safety law, guidance and best practice; and how the health and safety professional can contribute to health and safety legal actions. Promoting a positive health and safety culture.  Measuring health and safety performance. 

    Do – controlling workplace safety issues (UK) - 1

    This module follows the NEBOSH National Diploma Unit ND3 syllabus. Topics covered include general workplace issues: principles of fire and explosion, workplace fire risk assessment, storage handling and processing of dangerous substances, work equipment, pressure systems, mechanical handling, electrical safety and safety in construction and demolition. 

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Do – controlling workplace safety issues (UK) - 2

    This module follows the NEBOSH National Diploma Unit ND2 syllabus. Topics covered include General aspects of occupational health and hygiene, principles of toxicology and epidemiology, evaluating risk from hazardous substances and biological agents, preventive and protective measures concerning hazardous substances and biological agents, noise and vibration, ionising and non-ionising radiation, mental ill-health and musculoskeletal issues.

    Application of health and safety management in the workplace

    A workplace-based assignment drawing upon knowledge and understanding of material in Units ND1, ND2 and ND3 and applying this in a real workplace situation. It comprises a critical analysis of how health and safety is managed in a workplace leading to a set of justified, proportionate recommendations to improve performance.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Applicants would normally possess the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health or other qualification in health and safety at level 3 or above. However other qualifications and/or experience can be considered. Please include a CV and copies of certificates when applying for a place.

This course is available to home (UK) applicants only.

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Fees and funding

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Fees are paid at the start of each year of these 2 year courses and the fees stated above are for the first year only.  Fees can change from year to year so the fee for the second year may be higher than that for the first year.

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Occupational health and safety officer

This programme equips you with the skills and competence to promote and improve health, safety and environmental performance in the workplace.

Job opportunities are broad, offering great challenges to those seeking to develop a career in a demanding and developing profession.

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*Percentage of students from chemistry subject area in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.

†NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is globally-recognised for health, safety and environmental qualifications

‡Satisfies academic requirements for graduate membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which can lead to chartered membership

§Industry links have included projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever