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Level 6 Diploma In Occupational Health and Safety Practice

This is an executive level programme covering decision making on a wide range or risks, many of which will be complex and could be life or organisation threatening, calling for a high standard of technical and managerial competence. Completion of this NVQ Diploma demonstrates the ability to put theory into practice within the workplace.

Level 6 Diploma In Occupational Health and Safety Practice
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Entry requirements

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements, students must be engaged in a substantial Health and Safety role within their organisation.

Length of study

An average time for completion of the NVQ is 12 months. Competence is assessed by proven results rather than examination.

Study method

NVQs are completed largely at your workplace and there are no mandatory classroom sessions, however we provide a number of taught sessions at our offices in Bristol where candidates will be given specific guidance. There will by an introductory session held at Bristol, followed by Support tutorials which will be held at agreed intervals.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  • Apply management principles and practices to health and safety issues
  • Set practicable health and safety objectives
  • Recognise risks present in the workplace and be able to set appropriate control measures
  • Take account of risks posed by human factors
  • Ensure that adequate information, instruction, training and supervision is provided within the workplace
  • Investigate all incidents involving injury or damage in order to determine the causes and to take appropriate remedial actions
  • Communicate effectively on health and safety issues with management, operatives and health and safety professionals
  • Understand the main legal responsibilities of employers and managers and to act to fulfil them

Course dates

The course can be started at any time and completed at your workplace and online.
Contact the training team for further details

tel: 0300 304 9080

Course fees

  • BSG Member – £1523+VAT
  • Non-Member – £1827+VAT

Course fees include an introductory day, support tutorials, course materials and certification.

Fee quoted for members’ rates includes 20% discount.

Introductory session

An introductory session will be held at our training centre in Bristol or over video call.

BSG Training Centre,
The Building Safety Group,
5 Pinkers Court,
Briarlands Office Park,
Gloucester Road,
South Gloucestershire,
BS35 3QH

T: 0300 304 9080

Course programme

Support tutorials will be held at agreed intervals following the induction day during which facilitators will:

  • Explain the requirements of each Unit of Competence
  • Outline the key areas of the domain knowledge and understanding
  • Discuss the various forms of evidence available
  • Assist candidates to develop their initial action plans
  • Assist candidates to develop their portfolios of evidence
  • Assess any completed units of the diploma


In order to attain the award you must achieve the following 7 core units:

601 Health and safety emergency procedures

602 Health and safety audits

603 A positive health and safety culture in an organisation

604 Organisational health and safety policy

605 Professional development and ethics in health and safety management. This unit must be completed to gain IOSH Certified membership recognition

606 Systems monitoring and risk control

607 Organisational health and safety strategy


Many different methods of assessment can be used for the portfolio of evidence, including:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Witness tetimonies
  • Candidate statements
  • Professional discussions
  • Product evidence

Unit 605 is a City & Guilds set assignment which requires evidence to be collected over a 12 month period.


Successful candidates may apply to the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) for membership at Certified level and, upon completion of an open book assessment and a minimum of 2 years Initial Professional Development (IPD), can achieve Chartered level membership (CMIOSH).

20% discount for BSG members on all courses

We offer a range of membership packages to suit your business needs so why not become a member today.

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5 Pinkers Court
Briarlands Office Park
Gloucester Road, Rudgeway
Bristol BS35 3QH


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