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
  • Entitled to graduate membership of IOSH (GradIOSH) & full membership of the IIRSM (MIIRSM)
  • Entry requirement for many safety related UK Masters programmes

RRC is a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner offering the NEBOSH Diploma worldwide:

  • Online: Flexible, self paced study, around 500 hours of study - worldwide
  • Live Online: Real time interactive virtual workshops delivered over 7 weeks (31 days) - Worldwide
  • Classroom: Tutor Led Course delivered over 7 weeks (31 days) in London
  • Blended Learning: 3 One week workshops plus directed learning, Live Online worldwide or Classes in London
  • Revision: Live Online worldwide or London Classes, One day per Unit
  • In-Company Training: worldwide

RRC offer you more than any other 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 ONLINE

  • Available 24/7 worldwide
  • Around 500 hours of study + exams (can be completed in 12-24 Months)
    • Unit A - 190 hours
    • Unit B - 120 hours
    • Unit C - 120 hours
    • Unit DNI - 60 hours
  • Ideal for those whose lifestyle needs a really flexible high quality learning method

Online Learning with RRC

  • Flexible, self paced study
  • Mobile-friendly, innovative, interactive online study including videos, animations, quizzes, tests and reviews of your progress
  • Unlimited tutor support by a team of expert tutors
  • Full PDF copy of the study text to download for offline study
  • Over 190 exam centres available throughout the world
  • RRC Guaranteed Support & Money Back Guarantee
  • Interest Free Payment Plans
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Overview of the RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Online Course

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Live Online

  • Real time live Zoom classes delivering a classroom learning environment in the comfort of your own home
  • Provides structured learning with scheduled dates
  • Available worldwide - classes run 09:00 to 17:00 UK time

Live Online Learning with RRC

  • Mobile-friendly, innovative, interactive live online study. Each day includes a combination of:
    • live Zoom sessions with an experienced RRC tutor
    • topical presentations
    • activities that stimulate discussion with fellow learners and the tutor
    • collaborative activities and group exercises
  • Guaranteed support until you complete your course
  • Unlimited support from RRC’s Trainer Team & Customer Services Team throughout your studies.
  • Full PDF copy of the RRC's comprehensive study text to download to all your devices to study offline.
  • Over 190 exam centres available throughout the world

Overview of our Live Online Courses

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Classroom

  • 7 week course (31 days) + assessments
  • Ideal for those who like a traditional, structured learning environment away from their workplace

Classroom Learning with RRC

  • Expert teaching from RRC's highly experienced fully NEBOSH approved trainers.
  • Professional training environment - providing the perfect environment to learn with refreshments throughout the day.
  • World class learning resources - access to RRC’s online resources from the moment you register, and full colour printed RRC study texts supplied on the first day of your course.
  • Advice and support from the RRC Trainer & Customer Service Teams.
  • RRC Guaranteed Support & Interest Free Instalment Plans.

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Blended

  • 3 x 5-day workshops, Classroom or Live Online (one week for units A, B & C) + around 300 hours of directed online study
  • Ideal for those with limited time but want the motivation and support of classroom learning
  • London
    Unit C: 21-25 Nov 2022

Blended Learning with RRC

  • Detailed study plan guiding you on what to study online to prepare for your classroom session.
  • Expert teaching in the classroom or via zoom and support from highly experienced fully NEBOSH approved trainers.
  • Online study through RRC's mobile-friendly, innovative, interactive online learning platform including videos, animations, quizzes, tests and reviews of your progress
  • World class learning resources - Downloadable RRC Textbooks.
  • Advice and support from the RRC Trainer & Customer Service Teams.
  • RRC Guaranteed Support & Interest Free Instalment Plans.

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

  • Revision Workshops: 4 x 1 day (one per units A, B, C & DNI)
  • Classroom or Live Online
  • Ensuring you are fully prepared for the exam
Led by RRC’s expert tutors, RRC’s NEBOSH Diploma Revision Workshops are designed to reinforce key topics that feature regularly in exams, and look at how to tackle the exam questions. They are available either in the Classroom or Live Online, delivered via zoom. Over the course of a workshop you will:
  • Review key topics from across the course
  • Discuss revision and exam techniques
  • Work through exam-style questions and receive tutor feedback
  • Learn how to avoid common mistakes in the exam

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 TEXTBOOKS

  • Designed to fully support students throughout their studies.
  • Full colour, illustrated textbooks covering the complete NEBOSH National Diploma syllabus.
  • Developed by a team of expert NEBOSH tutors working closely with educational experts and feedback from our customers.
RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Textbooks

RRC Textbooks

All our materials are designed to be easy to use and understand. They include:
  • Complete coverage of the NEBOSH National Diploma syllabus
  • Key information summarised at the start of each section.
  • Explanations of words or phrases that may be unfamiliar.
  • References to sources of further information.
  • Revision questions to test your knowledge as you progress.
  • Practice exam-style questions with step by step guidance on how to answer them.

Essential Reference

The RRC Guide to Health & Safety Law – is an essential reference covering all the UK legislation you will need to reference to effectively study the NEBOSH National Diploma.

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety IN-COMPANY

RRC is a fully approved NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner and can help you cost-effectively train your staff.

  • In-Company Classroom or Live Online: effective and cost & time efficient. Available Worldwide.
  • Training Contracts: send your staff to our open Classroom or Live Online courses at discounted rates
  • Online: ideal for training teams across multiple sites, with discounts on standard fees for bulk licences
  • Bespoke: courses can be tailored to meet your specific sector and/or translated into any language

Why Businesses Choose the RRC NEBOSH National Diploma:

  • Course approved and examined by NEBOSH, an internationally recognised health & safety body
  • Certificate issued by NEBOSH, guaranteeing quality of training and delegates achievement
  • High quality training guaranteed through RRC’s Gold status in the NEBOSH Learning Partner Scheme
  • Improved productivity & profitability through:
    • Reduction in accidents and safety incidents
    • Improved workforce satisfaction through increased safety awareness throughout the organisation
    • Enhanced reputation with customers and suppliers
    • Reduction in costs arising from avoidable insurance claims and legal fees

RRC's NEBOSH National Diploma in Health & Safety Testimonials

Emily Alcorn - NEBOSH National Diploma - Online

"The online platform was easy to use, engaging and accessible at my own convenience. Any matters raised with Customer Services were dealt with promptly and I particularly liked the ability to download course books."

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

How long does the NEBOSH National Diploma take?

This is dependent on how you chose to study the NEBOSH Diploma and how much time you have available.

RRC’s Online students spend between 18 and 30 months completing the diploma with an average of around 24 months.  RRC allow up to 24 months to complete each unit, with NEBOSH allowing a total of 5 years to successfully complete all the NEBOSH National Diploma units.

RRC's Classroom, Live Online and Blended students average around 18-24 months to complete the course

What are the entry requirements for the NEBOSH Diploma?

The NEBOSH National Diploma builds on knowledge that is gained from studying a NEBOSH Certificate, or similar course, and it is highly recommended that such a qualification is gained before starting the NEBOSH Diploma course.  But you may also have that knowledge from your previous experience.  Call us for details on the knowledge required prior to starting the NEBOSH Diploma or see our Guidance on Direct Entry to the NEBOSH Diploma.

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 try the online course before I enrol?

Yes, you can sign up for a free e-learning trial here.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

Course fees can be paid in up to a maximum of four monthly instalments. For UK customers instalments can be paid over 10 months. Click here for more information.

Do I have to start with Unit A of the NEBOSH Diploma?

No you can start with any of the three examinable units (A, B or C). NEBOSH advice is that you start with the unit that you have the most interest or experience in.

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 is the difference between live online, online, elearning and distance learning?

Live Online is delivered in real time through zoom and is very similar to a classroom course. The tutor will deliver the course with breaks to allow time for group work, exercises and private study.

Online & elearning are just different words for the same thing and mean a flexible self study course delivery with tutor support you can access via email. Distance Learning, means learning at a distance but is commonly used to describe the more traditional paper based study, RRC do provide the complete study text which you can download and study off line thus giving you the option of how you study the course

What is the difference between the National and International Diploma?

The National Diploma is based on UK legislation and is recognised worldwide. The International Diploma is based on International Standards and Best Practice and is recognised by employers outside of the UK.

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.

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.

Guidance for CSP qualified students

Guidance for CSP qualified students taking advantage of the cooperation agreement between NEBOSH and BCSP

The agreement between NEBOSH and BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) allows CSP Holders to sit NEBOSH Exams without studying the NEBOSH Diploma course. In practice, whilst there's some overlap in course coverage between CSP (Certified Safety Professional) and the NEBOSH's Health and Safety Diplomas, there's quite a bit that's different. The style of the exams and assignments is also a bit different.

RRC will give CSP Holder access to our online diploma programme (national or international) for a substantial discount. The course includes all the content you'll need, unlimited access to an online tutor and exam fees.

So, what do you need to do?

1. Decide what version of the Diploma you want to do - National or International.

  • National Diploma - based on UK legislation and ideal if you intend to be working in the UK.
  • International Diploma -Based on internationally accepted principles.

Both qualifications are aligned in terms of topics and principles. Both are divided into 4 units (A, B, C, D) and are are assessed in the same way - 3 x 3 hour exams plus one assignment.

2. Download NEBOSH BSCP guide here.   

3. Review Part 3 of that NEBOSH BSCP guide.  It contains a mapping document, that maps what you already have (CSP) to the NEBOSH Diploma). If you've decided to do National Diploma, look at the mapping document section 3.7. Otherwise it's section 3.8 you need for international. They use a traffic light system. Anything flagged in red (or "3") means it's probably going to be very new to you.  Anything in green should be familiar to you.

4. Get started - RRC course content follows the NEBOSH syllabus very closely, so that map will work when you study your course. Any problems your RRC tutor is on hand to help.

5. Exam Practice - Prepare for your exams and assignments. Exam revision and preparation is more than just studying. You need to get practice retrieving and applying knowledge under exam conditions. We give you mock exams, past exam style questions

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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