Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

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Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice The Level 5 NVQ Diploma is an executive level programme covering decision making on a wide range of risks

Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice  

The Level 5 NVQ Diploma is an executive level programme covering decision making on a wide range of 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 at the workplace.  

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however students undertaking the Level 5 NVQ Diploma must be engaged in a substantial H&S role within their organisation. Competence is assessed by results rather than examination. 
Successful candidates may apply to the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) for membership at Graduate level (GradIOSH) and, upon completion of an open book assessment and a minimum of 2 years Initial Professional Development (IPD), can achieve Chartered level membership (CMIOSH). 
An average time for completion of the NVQ is 2 years.


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 and be able to plan and implement courses to achieve those 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 effective on health and safety issues with superiors, work people and health and safety professionals
  • Understand the main legal responsibilities of employers and managers and to act to fulfil them


In order to attain the award you must achieve a pass in the 10 core units - 
401 Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information 
501 Promote a positive health and safety culture 
502 Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters 
503 Identify and control health and safety risks 
504 Develop and implement pro active monitoring systems for health and safety 
505 Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety 
506 Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures 
507 Develop and implement health and safety review systems 
508 Maintain knowledge of improvements to Influence health and safety practice 
601 Develop and implement the health and safety policy

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 Line Business Services offices in Keynsham where candidates will be given specific guidance on the subjects and shown how to produce a portfolio of evidence based on course work and practice. 
An introductory day will be held at Keynsham. During this day candidates will:-

  • be introduced to the NVQ system
  • gain an understanding of the health and safety NVQ
  • conduct and audit of their current competence
  • develop an action plan for the completion of the NVQ
  • learn how to develop a portfolio of evidence 

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 NVQ

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Dean Watkins MoD

July 2016

"I found the course super, but the trainer Duncan was outstanding, made the learning easier."

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September 2016

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September 2016

"Great course, well put together and delivered."

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December 2016

"Duncan was very engaging & kept the group "alive" with his anecdotal humour. Thanks Duncan!"

Guru Ruparel - Apetito

September 2016

"Enjoyed Duncan's approach - discussion & conversations followed by PowerPoint facts etc. He made everyone comfortable & is full of interesting facts & figures. Thank you."

Greg Hender - Apetito

December 2016

"Didn’t match expectations because was far more interesting and fulfilling than I imagined."

Daniel Crane – Places for People, Bristol

June 2015

"A thought provoking course, well-pitched and well delivered."

Tim Andrews – MOD, London

September 2015

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Michael Quilligan - Clarks International, Street

June 2015

"The trainer was very knowledgeable & I enjoyed his teaching style. I also felt he is good at building rapport with the group!"

Jemma Plummer - Bath University Sports Training Village, Bath

April 2015

"I really enjoyed the course. Duncan managed to make H & S engaging & interesting! I would definitely recommend course to others. "

Louise Scarterfield - DHI, Bath.

March 2015

"Duncan was an excellent trainer, he somehow made an H & S course reasonably fun."

David Magill - For Farmers, Blandford Forum

March 2015

"Course was provided to high standard. Duncan was v enthusiastic & knows his subject extremely well. Will be in touch regarding future courses."

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March 2015

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Peter Sargent – Tastetech, Bristol

March 2015

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Karin Khan – Atos, Winnersh

November 2014

"Diane made this training v interesting & refreshed all our memories re H&S, RA & some of the legislation."

Frances Farley – Your Housing Group, Warrington

October 2014

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Jennifer Chadwick – Capita Property, London

April 2014

"There was a lot of info to take in over 3 days but was put across well & not rushed. I feel confident in my knowledge & ability to take this back into the workplace & train out to my team."

Andy Swash – Kerry Ingredients, Bristol

January 2014

"Frank was v knowledgeable & came across clearly."

Mark Sheasby – Ayrshire Metal Products, Daventry

January 2014

"Excellent, thoroughly enjoyable course and helped put much information and knowledge into context. A fun and relaxed atmosphere encouraged interaction with useful examples and background information."

Bill Irvine – Atkins Global, Bristol

June 2015

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