NVQ Level 6- Occupational health and safety practice


The NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is a bachelor’s degree-level qualification. It is for people whose responsibilities include developing and implementing health and safety procedures within their workplace.



NVQs are the UK’s premier vocational qualification, ideal if you prefer a practical, evidence-based approach to learning that takes place within your working environment — as an alternative to academic study.

Completing the NVQ Level 6 allows health and safety practitioners to apply enhanced knowledge to their work environment

Who is this course suitable for?

The NVQ Level 6 course is the perfect choice if you’re in a senior position and wish to gain a degree-level qualification while continuing to hold a demanding role. You are likely to have already earned a Level 3 qualification, such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate.

Many candidates pursue NVQ Level 6 with the help of employer sponsorship. They then report back to the board on the company’s health and safety status.

Course Programme

The Level 6 NVQ is work-based, and your tutor support is done remotely, which means that NVQ Level 6 courses can be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Phoenix will allocate a dedicated course manager to you for the duration of the course, who will conduct your initial assessment and induction. This can take place face-to-face, by telephone, or online.

NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is a distance learning and assessment programme. For this course, your work and evidence are submitted electronically — either via a cloud-based system or by email.

Support and training from your manager are provided principally through telephone calls, Skype, and emails. Your course manager is a dedicated resource, always ready to offer help and advice on a one-to-one basis.

There are ten mandatory modules to complete before the NVQ Level 6 Diploma can be awarded; these align with the ten learning outcomes.

Courses are generally completed over a 12 to 18-month period, with a recommended total of 1,064 hours of study. Additional support can be purchased if you require more time to complete your qualification.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the NVQ Level 6:

  • Promote a positive health and safety culture.
  • Develop and implement a health and safety policy.
  • Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information.
  • Develop and maintain individual and organizational competence in health and safety matters.
  • Identify, assess, and control health and safety risks.
  • Develop and implement proactive monitoring systems for health and safety.
  • Develop and implement reactive monitoring systems for health and safety.
  • Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures.
  • Develop and implement health and safety review systems.
  • Maintain knowledge of improvements to influence health and safety practice.


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