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


Helping You Make Work Safer and More Sustainable

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.

Sign Up for Free Resources

Sign Up Now
Call Now
  • Direct Line +44 (0)208 944 3100
  • UK Freephone 0800 756 9410
  • Skype rrctraining
Course Dates and Fees
Cookies on the RRC website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you fullest experience on our website and to enable online purchasing and participation in our courses. If you continue we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the RRC website. However, if you would like to, you can find out more about our use of cookies at any time.