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NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

The NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is a foundation degree-level qualification, created for people whose responsibilities include developing and implementing day-to-day health and safety procedures within their workplace. 
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Course overview

The NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is a foundation degree-level qualification, created for people whose responsibilities include developing and implementing day-to-day health and safety procedures within their workplace.

NVQs are the UK's premier vocational qualifications, ideal if you prefer a practical, evidence-based approach to learning that takes place within your working environment - as an alternative to academic study.

The practical, evidence-based and flexible nature of the NVQ course means that there are no exams or classroom components. It is therefore ideal for candidates who wish to continue working while studying.

Completing the NVQ Level 5 demonstrats the ability to apply theoretical knowledge of the health and safety field to the real-world environment of a workplace in an effective manner.


Who is this course suitable for?

The NVQ Level 5 course is suitable for those who have a few years’ experience working in health and safety, especially if you are in a senior position or a manager.

You are likely to have already gained a level 3 health and safety qualification, such as a NEBOSH Certificate.

Many candidates pursue NVQ Level 5 with the help of sponsorship by their employer, then report back to the board on the company's health and safety status.


Course Programme

Study is work-based, and your tutor support is done remotely which means that NVQ Level 5 courses can be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Phoenix will allocate a dedicated course manager to you for the duration of the course, who will arrange to conduct your initial assessment and induction. This can take place face-to-face, by telephone or online.

NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is a distance learning and assessment programme, with your work and evidence submitted electronically - either via a cloud-based system or by email. Support and training from your manager are provided principally through telephone calls, Skype calls and emails. Your course manager is a dedicated resource, always ready to mentor you and offer help and advice on a one-to-one basis.

There are eleven mandatory modules to complete before the NVQ Level 5 Diploma can be awarded, these align with the 11 learning outcomes.

There are also three elective units, which are optional and allow learners to demonstrate their competence in more specific occupational health and safety areas:

  • Influence improvements in health and safety practice
  • Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • Develop and implement the health and safety induction process

Candidates who wish to gain IOSH chartered membership must also complete a further unit: 

  • Professional development and ethics in health and safety management

Courses are generally completed over a 15 to 18-month period. Some candidates fit it into a year, while others take longer than 18 months. Additional support can be purchased if more time is needed.


Learning outcomes

  • Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  • Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  • Control health and safety risks
  • Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  • Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • Develop and implement a health and safety audit
  • Behavioural safety in the workplace
  • Develop and implement the health and safety policy

Next steps

Other advanced qualifications frequently taken by successful NVQ Level 5 candidates include the NEBOSH National Diploma and the NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.


Assessments

Self-assessment

Before starting the programme, you will be asked to complete a self-assessment to identify:

  • Specific training needs
  • Support and guidance requirements
  • Units that have already been completed or existing credits that have been accumulated

This assessment helps to establish whether you require any additional training before tackling the units. If necessary, you will need to develop a plan with your manager to gain competence in the relevant areas before attempting the units.

Assessment & portfolio

Each candidate is required to produce a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating that they have achieved all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit.

As you gather evidence for each of the eleven units, you will go through it with your assessor who will ensure that you are meeting all the requirements. Once the assessor is satisfied, your work will be forwarded to the invigilators.

Your dedicated course manager will work with you to ensure that every piece of work you submit meets the standard required; we will not submit any work that we believe might not lead to a pass.


Payment plans

Payment Plans are offered to self-funding UK students only. We require 30% of the total course fee upfront. Payments will be made monthly from the day your deposit was made and must be received within 7 days of this date. The balance of your account must be cleared in full, prior to you registering for examinations. Payment plans can be paid by: Credit/debit card or bank transfer. If you would like to organise a payment plan please get in touch.

Popular NVQ FAQs

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  • When will I get my NVQ results?

    You will receive a pass or fail result once each unit is moderated. However, your Phoenix assessor won’t send off a unit unless it’s going to pass the course unit criteria.
  • Are there any entry requirements for NVQ Level 5?

    There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates must be aged 19 or over. We recommend that candidates are experienced in health and safety roles. Before starting the programme, you will be asked to complete a self-assessment to identify training needs.
  • How long does it take to complete the NVQ Level 5?

    On average, it takes delegates between 15 and 18 months to complete the NVQ Level 5. However, some candidates manage to complete within a year, while others take longer than 18 months. Additional support can be purchased should you require more time to complete your qualification.

Why choose a NVQ course with Phoenix?

  • Pass Rate

    Our pass rate is above the industry average for the NVQ Level 5 course.

  • Expertise

    We are one of the UK's leading providers of training in health and safety. 

    Our tutors and mentors are widely respected for their expertise, experience and ability to provide an enjoyable learning experience. 

  • Student support

    We go the extra mile to make sure our course attendees receive the best possible support, through study guides and student groups.

    Many candidates find our Facebook community group particularly helpful while they are studying, as it enables them to compare notes with fellow students and ask questions.

  • The Phoenix Pass Pledge

    If you fail to meet the required standard in your exams (unlikely with our high pass rates), the Phoenix Pass Pledge is our promise that you can continue your studies free of charge. Our Study Support Tutors are always on-hand to offer guidance and advice so that you can get a great result.