RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Course - 2015 Syllabus

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the must have qualification for those whose ambition is to be a "Safety Professional" and have a high level career in HSE management.

The NEBOSH Diploma is the Gold Standard in health and safety qualifications
No longer available for new enrolments - RRC will continue to support existing learners with Revision Aids and Supplementary Materials
Contact us on +44 (0)20 8944 3100 or email info@rrc.co.uk for all the latest information on this course

New NEBOSH International Diploma Syllabus

NEBOSH have launched a new syllabus for the Diploma see NEBOSH National Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals.

The last exam date for 2015 syllabus will be:

  • Unit A, B & C: July 2026
  • Unit DNI: May 2026

RRC Support

RRC will continue to provide support to our learners until the last exam date.

We have stopped taking new enrolments, but will continue to provide relevant updates through supplementary materials.

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Benefits of achieving the NEBOSH National Diploma:

  • Valued by employers: NEBOSH Diploma holders get higher salaries (NEBOSH research)
  • Boost your career prospects: NEBOSH Diploma holders are in demand throughout the world
  • Use the letters 'DipNEBOSH' after your name
  • For information about Professional Recognitions click here
  • Entry requirement for many safety related UK Masters programmes

RRC offer you a premium service as a NEBOSH National Diploma provider:

  • RRC is a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner - Guaranteeing you the best learning experience
  • Over 90% of RRC students have successfully completed their NEBOSH National Diploma
  • 90+ years experience in training & education
  • 45 years experience in delivering health and safety training
  • Choice of learning methods
  • Teaching and support from a team of 50 expert tutors
  • Eligible for TOTUM Pro membership

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Content

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is based on UK Legislation and builds on the knowledge gained at NEBOSH Certificate level. It is made up of four units which must be completed within five years:

Unit A: Managing Health and Safety - 188 Hours

  • A1 - Principles of Health and Safety Management
  • A2 - Principles of Health and Safety Law
  • A3 - Criminal Law
  • A4 - Civil Law
  • A5 - Loss Causation and Incident Investigation
  • A6 - Measuring and Reviewing Health and Safety Performance
  • A7 - The Assessment and Evaluation of Risk
  • A8 - Risk Control
  • A9 - Organisational Factors
  • A10 - Human Factors
  • A11 - The Role of the Health and Safety Practitioner

Unit B: Hazardous Substances/Agents - 115 Hours

  • B1 - Managing Occupational Health
  • B2 - Identification, Assessment and Evaluation of Hazardous Substances
  • B3 - The Control of Hazardous Substances
  • B4 - The Monitoring and Measuring of Hazardous Substances
  • B5 - Biological Agents
  • B6 - Noise and Vibration
  • B7 - Radiation
  • B8 - Mental Ill-Health and Dealing with Violence and Aggression at Work
  • B9 - Musculoskeletal Risks and Controls
  • B10 - Work Environment Risks and Controls

Unit C: Workplace and Work Equipment Safety - 120 Hours

  • C1 - Workplace Welfare Requirements and Specific Workplace Issues
  • C2 - Fire and Explosion
  • C3 - Workplace Fire Risk Assessment
  • C4 - The Storage, Handling and Processing of Dangerous Substances
  • C5 - Work Equipment
  • C6 - Workplace Machinery
  • C7 - Mobile, Lifting, Access and Work at Height Equipment
  • C8 - Electrical Safety
  • C9 - Construction and Works of a Temporary Nature - Hazards and Controls
  • C10 - Workplace Transport and Managing Work-Related Road Risk

Unit DNI: Application of Health and Safety Theory and Practice

  • An 8,000 word work-based project


Units A, B and C of the NEBOSH National Diploma are each assessed by three-hour written examinations. Unit DNI is assessed by an 8,000 word work based project.

Exams are held in January and July each year. Unit DNI can be submitted in February, May, August or November each year.

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Revision Guides

  • RRC Revision Guides: Concise notes and exam practice, available as printed books or PDF downloads
  • Perfect for revising for your Diploma Exams
RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Revision Books

RRC’s NEBOSH Diploma Revision Guides combine concise revision notes with exam-style questions and model answers - for a fully effective revision tool to help you achieve NEBOSH Exam Success. Key features are:

  • Concise overview of all the key NEBOSH syllabus topics
  • NEBOSH exam-style questions with sample answer plans and model answers so you can effectively prepare for the exam
  • Available for Units A, B & C as either printed A5 booklets or electronic PDF files

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety FAQs

Where can I sit my exam?

Exams can be sat at one of RRC's UK exam centres or in one of our network of 190+ exam centres throughout the world.

  • UK Exam Centres - London, Glasgow, Manchester
  • RRC International Centres - Dubai, Georgia, Tunisia
  • RRC International Exam Centre Network - See here

What does Gold Learning Partner mean?

RRC are delighted to have been evaluated as a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner, the highest level in the NEBOSH Learning Partner programme.

NEBOSH introduced a Learning Partner Programme in September 2019 which recognises those Learning Partners that provide learners with the best possible learning experience.  

All NEBOSH Learning Partners have been classified based on their performance against the programme’s principles which represent global best practice in the provision of course tuition and support. The key principles are:

  • Ensure all learners understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from their Learning Provider.
  • Create a learning environment that is engaging and encourages interaction that is appropriate for the course and type of delivery. 
  • Provide accurate course materials and continually update and improve them. 
  • Ensure tutors are qualified, knowledgeable, competent and engaging. 
  • Give learners feedback on their progress and provide appropriate support. 
  • Review course delivery and learner feedback and action as necessary. 

Learner Partner Status

Learning Partners can be identified as follows:

  • Gold - greatly exceeds the principles
  • Silver - exceeds the principles
  • Bronze - meets the principles

How long are the exams?

Each exam (A, B, C) is three hours. In addition to this you will receive 10 minutes reading time at the start of the exam.
Unit DNI consists of an 8,000 word assignment takes around 50 hours to complete.

What does Unit DNI include?

Unit DNI consists of an 8,000 word assignment. This is carried out at your workplace and you will be assigned a tutor to submit elements to along the way.

Can I get Chartered Membership of IOSH (CMIOSH) by completing the NEBOSH National Diploma?

The NEBOSH National Diploma meets the academic requirements for Graduate Membership (GradIOSH) of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the first step to becoming a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH). You will then need to develop a Skills Development Portfolio and then attend a Peer Review Interview.

What educational level is the NEBOSH National Diploma?

The NEBOSH National Diploma is the equivalent of a level 6 qualification (EQF), which is equivalent to a university honours degree.

What happens if I fail?

If you do not pass your NEBOSH National Diploma exams on your first attempt, you are able to book a re-sit with our Exams team.

Do we have a graduation Ceremony?

Yes, all candidates who successfully complete the NEBOSH National Diploma are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony. This is usually held in June at the University of Warwick.

Which Professional Recognitions am I eligible for with the NEBOSH National Diploma (2015)?

Please visit our Professional Recognition page for the full list of recognitions you are eligible for with the NEBOSH National Diploma (2015).

Can I do the exams online?

Exams for Unit A, B & C cannot be completed online, exams must be completed at an approved centre which will be arranged  by our exams team.

Is the exam open book?

No. You cannot take any learning materials into the exam with you.

Do I have to pay VAT if I am based outside the UK?

Only companies outside of the UK who can provide a valid VAT number will be exempt from VAT. All individuals irrespective of their location will have to pay VAT.

Would I be able to get past exam papers?

You are able to access a past paper and examiners feedback on expected answers from the NEBOSH website. Course providers are not allowed to sell/give past papers to students.

Am I eligible for TOTUM Pro membership?

Yes, when you study the NEBOSH National Diploma with RRC you are eligible to sign up for TOTUM Pro. This is a discount scheme that gives you access to exclusive discounts, offers and vouchers from hundreds of retailers. You can find out more about the scheme here.

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