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The NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is a bachelor’s degree-level qualification, created for people whose responsibilities include developing and implementing day-to-day health and safety procedures within their workplace. It is a higher level than the Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Health and Safety, which is a foundation-degree level.

Why choose the NVQ route?

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.

Who is the NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Health and Safety suitable for?

Completing the NVQ Level 6 enables health and safety practitioners to apply enhanced knowledge to their work environment. The course is especially suitable if you are in a senior position and wish to gain a degree-level qualification while continuing to hold a demanding role. You are likely to have already gained a level 3 qualification, such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate.

Many candidates pursue NVQ Level 6 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 6 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 6 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.

Course duration

Courses are generally completed over a 12 to 18-month period, with a recommended total of 1,064 hours of study. Additional support can be purchased if you require more time to complete your qualification.

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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  

NUS TOTUM Student Discount Cards

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 structure

Initial assessment and induction

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.

Course modules

There are ten mandatory modules to complete before the NVQ Level 6 Diploma can be awarded:

  1. Promote a positive health and safety culture
  2. Develop and implement the health and safety policy
  3. Develop and implement effective communication systems, for health and safety information
  4. Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  5. Identify, assess and control health and safety risks
  6. Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  7. Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  8. Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  9. Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  10. Maintain knowledge of improvements to influence health and safety practice

Assessment and certification

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 ten 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.


As the qualification is work based, the NVQ Level 6 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 fees

The Phoenix NVQ Level 6 price is £1795 +VAT. This price includes enrolment fees, unlimited support for 18 months with a fully qualified and competent assessor and final certification. A payment plan, spreading the cost over a few instalments is available, check here for details.

Are there any NVQ Level 6 equivalents?

If you prefer a more academic approach to achieving a degree-level Health and Safety qualification, the NEBOSH National Diploma is the best alternative to NVQ Level 6.

Why choose to do your NVQ Level 6 with Phoenix?

Phoenix is one of the leading providers of health and safety courses in the UK. We are widely respected for the knowledge and experience of our mentors and tutors.

One thing that also makes us different is the Phoenix Pass Pledge: a promise that you are entitled to continue studying free of charge if you fail to meet the required standard in. But, in any case, we're confident that you'll pass the course first time. 90% of people who take our courses do.

Student discounts

Enrolling on to any course with Phoenix 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.

Frequently asked questions

When will I get my results?

You 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 this course?

There are no formal entry requirement, but we recommend that candidates are in senior positions and experienced in health and safety roles.

How long does this qualification take?

1064 hours are recommended, generally over 12-18 months.