Book Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

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This qualification is for learners who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in managing health and safety for the workplace. You will have an autonomous role in your organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice. You will report directly to, or be part of the senior management team. You will recommend and implement changes relevant to your role and will be aware of cost implications and budgetary control.

The Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is the UK’s premier vocational qualification designed specifically for safety professionals who want to attain chartered status of IOSH (CMIOSH) through a practical, evidence-based route as opposed to an academic course.

It is intended for those who wish to forge a career in health and safety as advisors, managers or consultants. There are no entry requirements, but candidates must be aged 19 or over and will need to demonstrate they can produce evidence across the standard by completing our initial assessment prior to being accepted on to the programme (please see below).

The qualification meets the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of IOSH. With additional experience and initial professional development, those who get the diploma can also attain Chartered Safety Practitioner status.

Note that candidates who wish to obtain CMIOSH status via exams should consider taking the NEBOSH National Diploma.

Initial Assessment and Induction

Before starting these programmes, we require delegates to complete a Self Assessment and Personal Action Plan to identify:

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

This form will help you to establish whether you require any additional training in order to complete 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.

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Terms & Conditions


All fees are payable in advance. Course materials will not be sent until payment is received. Fees quoted are correct at time of publication, but Phoenix Health & Safety reserves the right to alter fees at any time.

Cancellations following a confirmed booking will be charged a £30 administration fee. Once materials are sent, refunds cannot be offered.

Guaranteed Pass

Phoenix Health & Safety offer a guaranteed pass on all distance learning courses. This means that candidates are entitled to continue studying (free of charge) if they fail to meet the required standard in the examinations. If applicable, the delegate will be required to pay the exam fees for any re-sits.

The guaranteed pass only applies if the following criteria are met:

  • The candidate is accepted onto the course by Phoenix Health & Safety
  • The candidate takes a full and active part in the course, and completes any tasks/projects set
  • The candidate meets the required standard in all tutor – marked assessments.
Course Content

Why Choose Phoenix Health & Safety Distance Learning  

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Phoenix Health & Safety students are eligible for NUS TOTUM Student Discount cards, which offer significant discounts on a range of goods and services.

Phoenix Health & Safety are the UK’s premier providers of health and safety training and health and safety consultancy services. Operating from a head office in Staffordshire, we have consultants and training venues all around the UK, ensuring you always have local advice and training courses.

The materials are engaging and interactive, and include activities, revision questions, examples, mind maps and summaries to help you get the most from your studies. You will submit regular assignments that will be marked by our expert tutors who will provide you with individual feedback on your exam technique.

Our top class tuition team are available 7 days a week by telephone on 0345 500 8811, email, Facebook and instant message via the pop up at the bottom right of your browser window. A variety of other innovative methods can be utilised to support your studies, including live online webinars/tutor surgeries, Facebook groups and other online/social media support.

There are no restrictions to the course timings and/or duration – you can begin whenever you like and work towards any exam date you choose. Want to find out about our flexible exam dates or book that all important exam online?

Best of all, our support never expires – once you have enrolled, we are with you until you pass.

  • Fantastic course materials written by Phoenix Health & Safety
  • Course materials available in printed and electronic format. Audiobooks are also available to purchase. 
  • Top quality tutor support from full time employed Phoenix Health & Safety tutors
  • Activities, samples, revision questions and mind map summaries incorporated into course materials
  • Past exam questions and on-going assessments included, along with tutor marked assignments
  • Personalised study timetables to ensure you are on progress for your selected exam dates
  • A Phoenix Pass Pledge on all NEBOSH learning courses
  • Pass rates consistently higher than the national average
  • Additional learning support – Online live webinars/tutor surgeries, Facebook groups, YouTube channel, e-learning revision modules and more
  • Support provided until exams are passed
  • Exams held regularly around the UK and beyond
  • Competitive prices – discounts available for multiple or repeat bookings
  • All delegates receive FREE LIFETIME access to our online client support section on our website. From here you can download health and safety template forms and checklists that will assist in your studies AND your job
  I would not hesitate to recommend this company to any potential NEBOSH students and I for one will be returning to do the NEBOSH Diploma (via distance learning) later this year.  

Mark Smith (Distance Learning Student)

Course Duration

The time it takes you to complete the course is entirely up to you. On average, it takes delegates between 15 and 18 months. 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.


There are 11 individual units that you must complete if you wish to achieve the full diploma. Should you wish to reach Graduate Membership and follow the Chartered Membership route through IOSH, you will need to complete the optional unit which IOSH require ( Professional Development and Ethics in Health and Safety Practice).

The 10 Mandatory units are as follows:

  • 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.
  • Identify, assess and 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.
  • Behavioural safety in the workplace
  • Develop and implement the health and safety policy.
    The optional unit for Graduate Membership recognition and Chartered Membership route:
  • Professional development and ethics in health and safety practice.
    Or one of the following alternative options.
  • Develop and implement the health and safety induction process.
  • Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety.


As the qualification is work based, the NVQ Level 5 Diploma can be undertaken anywhere in the UK. Inductions will be arranged by your appointed assessor, either face to face, via telephone or through electronic media (depending on your location). The NVQ is offered as a distance learning and assessment programme. Work and evidence is to be submitted electronically via a cloud based system or by email. Support and training are provided principally through telephone calls, Skype calls and emails.

Course Costs

This course costs £1,795 + VAT. Included in the price are enrolment fees, unlimited support for 18 months with a fully qualified and competent assessor and final certification.

Payment Plans are available for convenient finance options.

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Enrolling on to Phoenix Health & Safety's Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety entitles you to a wide range of student discounts with the NUS TOTUM card. Check if you're eligible for over 200 student discounts.