NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Health and Safety


NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Health and Safety

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The City & Guilds NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is ideal for those looking for a higher level qualification and either do not like or can not sit exams.

To complete the NVQ you will need to be working in a job with health safety responsibilities and have obtained the NVQ Level 3 or an equivalent qualification (such as the NEBOSH Certificate).

Benefits of Achieving the NVQ Level 5 Diploma

  • Boost your career prospects; NVQ’s are valued by employers throughout the UK
  • Accepted by IOSH for Graduate Membership (GradIOSH, 
    Subject to completion of the elective unit 611
  • Entitled to Membership of the IIRSM (MIIRSM)
  • Formal Health & Safety qualification with no exams
  • Recognised by UK employers at the same level as the NEBOSH Diploma

Studying your NVQ Level 5 Diploma with RRC

  • Start at any time, usually takes around 6 to 12 months to complete
  • No exams to sit - all evidence based assessment
  • Personal NVQ assessor to help you through the NVQ process
  • Easy to use e-Portfolio system
  • Free electronic copy of the NEBOSH Diploma (Level 5) course book for reference
IOSH Graduate (GradIOSH)
Membership with no exams
Available in England, Wales, Scotland &
Northern Ireland

Why Choose RRC?

  • 90 year track record of excellence in training & education
  • 45 years experience in designing and delivering Health & Safety courses
  • Over 50 world-class tutors
  • Interest free instalment plans on all NVQ’s
  • ISO 9001-accredited quality management system
To achieve the

NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Health & Safety

you need to complete the 11 mandatory units to gain the basic qualification. You can choose to add elective (i.e. optional) units but you must add elective Unit 611 to qualify for IOSH GradIOSH level membership.

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 402: Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  • Unit 510: Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • Unit 511: Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  • Unit 512: Control health and safety risks
  • Unit 513: Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Unit 514: Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Unit 515: Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures
  • Unit 516: Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • Unit 517: Develop and implement a health and safety audit
  • Unit 518: Behavioural safety in the workplace
  • Unit 610: Develop and implement the health and safety policy

Elective Units

These are optional and subject to additional charge

NOTE: You must complete Unit 611 if you want to gain IOSH GradIOSH membership

  • Unit 519: Influence improvements in health and safety practice
  • Unit 520: Develop, implement and review the organisations health and safety strategy
  • Unit 521: Contribute to health and safety legal actions
  • Unit 522: Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • Unit 523: Develop and implement the health and safety induction process
  • Unit 611: Professional development and ethics in health and safety management
    (You will need to complete this for GradIOSH membership level)

NVQ's are broken down into units, covering core health and safety topics; each unit has its own assessment criteria and you gather evidence to demonstrate you have met the criteria. You will be assigned an NVQ assessor who will guide you on what you need to do and what evidence you need. Your assessor may set you tasks to help you gather the right evidence.

Evidence must be all your own work but is typically things such as documents, video, photographs, witness statements etc. RRC provide an e-Portfolio system for you to upload your evidence from anywhere at a time that suits you – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After you upload your evidence your assessor can view and mark it online. You will achieve your NVQ when you have covered the required number of units and your achievements have been confirmed by internal and external verifiers.

RRC also provide you with a Free electronic copy of our NEBOSH Diploma (Level 5) course materials, which you can use are reference as you work through your NVQ.

To enrol on the RRC NVQ Level 5 you will need to complete a short self-assessed questionnaire (Skill Scan) before we can accept you on the course. The questions are framed around the NVQ units and will help RRC decide whether NVQs are right for you and if they are, which one. It will also help you identify any skills gaps, sections where you might have difficulty and the best areas to start your evidence gathering.

There are no formal entry requirements for NVQs but for the NVQ level 5:

  • You should hold an NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification
  • You need to have a good standard of English language
  • You need to be working in a role that has involvement in health and safety 
  • You should be resident and work in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Here's a simple rule of thumb to help you choose: 

Level 3

if you do not have anylevel 3 health and safety qualifications but have some (limited) health and safety responsibility, authority and autonomy, we recommend starting here first.  You can always progress to the NVQ Level 5 Diploma later.

Level 5

if you already have the NVQ Level 3 certificate or equivalent qualification (like the NEBOSH certificate) and you have specific health and safety responsibilities, together with significant authority and autonomy and can influence organisational policies/procedures.  So, you'll typically already be a health and safety manager/advisor within a senior management team.  

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Complete the skill scan for your choice (or both, if you like) - see "Which NVQ Level" to help you choose, or contact us to discuss if you are still unsure.

Once completed, email it to us and we'll get back to you ASAP about enrolling.  We won't let you hand over any money until we're sure NVQs are right for you.

Not all NVQ providers are the same.  We believe these benefits make RRC unique:

  • You achieve your NVQ quickly - our assessors aim to help you complete in 6 months or fewer.
  • You'll only use an ePortfolio system - we don't do paperwork, which can easily be lost or misplaced.  That means peace of mind for you.
  • You'll use a premium ePortfolio system that does far more than store your evidence - it gives you control and it helps you see where you are, view assessment criteria, contact your assessor, make appointments and view progress.  That means less wasted effort, more focus.
  • You'll get a copy of our NEBOSH eBooks to fill knowledge gaps. These are market-leading reference books that we throw in, in case you need them.  That saves you money.
  • You don't hand over any money until we're sure NVQs are right for you.  Even then, you get another 14 days in which to cancel
  • RRC provide interest free instalment plans so you can spread the cost of your course
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