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Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety

  • Full title: AIM Awards Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety (QCF)
  • Level: QCF Level 6
  • Duration: 470 hours (maximum) self-directed study through workbook and online activities
  • Assessment: Seven short assignments and three longer assignments
  • Accreditation: IOSH Graduate and Chartered Membership, IIRSM Full Membership

Why choose NCRQ?

NCRQ qualifications have been designed to give the skills and knowledge to be able to do health and safety, rather than answer exam questions.

They have been developed by the UK leading experts on health and safety, including academics, barristers, serving Health and Safety Executive specialists, and importantly with some of the biggest employers in the UK - including the BBC, Royal Mail, and Siemens plc. The NCRQ Diploma is now the most popular Diploma-level health and safety qualification in the UK.*

The modular approach to our qualifications means that as you study towards the three units that make up the Diploma, you will receive credit by the award of a Certificate in Applied Health and Safety and Certificate in Personal Injury.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Confidently manage employees undertaking higher risk activities
  • Have the skills to advise an employer as a competent person or register as a health and safety consultant
  • Be able to undertake a safety management role in an organisation dealing with complex or higher risk activities
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of risks to safety and occupational health in the workplace
  • Be able to develop and implement strategies to reduce the costs and consequences of personal injury claims to an employer.

There is also a focus on the softer skills, such as being able to justify your decisions to senior management, deal with conflict, and practical advice on how to implement change management and improve attitudes to health and safety.

The law, standards, and regulatory arrangements of the UK are an integral part of this qualification. Overseas students may wish to contact us for advice.

How is it delivered?

NCRQ qualifications teach you to teach yourself. You are not required to memorize facts and recite lists of information. Instead, you learn to solve problems confidently by applying the basic legal duties and fundamental principles of safety management.

You will be given a workbook for each unit, which takes you slowly through a wide range of case studies. A sample of the workbook is available here, and all of the case studies are based on real life incidents where people have been killed or seriously injured. NCRQ believe that studying failures in safety management and real civil claims is best way of learning how to improve and implement effective controls. You are required to undertake a variety of activities, such as making notes, reading online publications, completing NCRQ e-learning modules, or simply thinking and reflecting on something before moving on. In this way, you will progressively improve your knowledge and skills, and importantly be able to apply them to a real working environment.

Assessment and certification

NCRQ assessments are designed to reflect real life, and enable you to demonstrate the skills that employers actually want. In real life, you are not isolated in a room and required to recite answers to generic questions in a specific format. In real life, you work at your own pace, albeit to a deadline, and have access to resources, legislation, and free online publications. In real life, you have time to write a report in your own style or that of your organisation. And in real life, there is often not one black and white solution for a problem.

When you feel ready to complete an assessment, you simply let us know and will be able to download your assignment from myNCRQ - our online learning portal. You will be given a realistic scenario and a task to complete. This may involve analysis of a range of supporting information, such as documents, witness statements, operating instructions, etc. You will then be required to produce a written report, and upload it through myNCRQ within the allocated time. The assignments for HSD1-3: NCRQ Diploma in Applied Health and Safety are shown below:

Assessment Approximate length Completion time
Undertake and write a risk assessment 5 hours Two weeks
Prepare an accident investigation report 15 hours Four weeks
Reply to a number of requests for advice 5 hours Two weeks
Complete a professional development plan 2 hours Two weeks
Civil liability analysis 5 to 10 hours Four weeks
Stress management presentation 3 to 5 hours Two weeks
Manual handling assessment 3 to 5 hours Two weeks
Development of policy and procedures 5 to 8 hours Two weeks
Public safety: Professional discussion 1 hour Two weeks
Research, analysis and risk assessment report 20 to 30 hours Six weeks

The Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety is registered and regulated by Ofqual, and is awarded by AIM Awards in partnership with NCRQ.

This qualification consists of three units: HSD1: Principles of Health and Safety, HSD2: Personal Injury Liability, and HSD3: Further Workplace Hazards.

Successful completion of these units result in the award of the NCRQ Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety.

As you progress through the three units, you will be awarded two certificate level qualifications as you complete units HSD1 and HSD2 - giving you immediate recognition of the work completed.


The Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety costs just £1500 +VAT for UK and EU students if purchased from the outset.

Alternatively, you can enrol on one unit at a time, for £550 +VAT. Unlike NEBOSH qualifications, there are no additional registration or enrolment fees.

Discounts are available for employers seeking to enrol a number of employees on this qualification. Please contact us for details.

In the event that you need to resubmit an assignment, there will be a fee of £30 +VAT to cover the costs of re-assessment.

In order to cover additional postage costs, the fee for students outside the UK and EU is £1800 (no VAT payable).

You are required to have a basic understanding of the legal system of England and Wales. You will be given a short e-learning module on the legal system before commencing with the qualification, which should take about one hour to complete. This will give you all of the required pre-requisite knowledge.

There are no minimum academic entry requirements - the qualification has been carefully designed to progressively increase in complexity as you work through the materials - and no previous knowledge or experience in health or safety is required. As a guide, those with a qualification in any subject at QCF Level 2 or 3 - such as good GCSEs, NVQ Level 2 or 3, or A levels, should be able to meet the academic demands of the course.

However, all students will undertake a very brief initial assessment after they complete the legal system e-learning module. This assessment will take only about five minutes, and will be reviewed by your Tutor to ensure you are capable of working at the level required for the qualification. This initial assessment is for your benefit, and does not form part of the qualification.

You should also have a GCSE or equivalent in English, or be able to work at that level, and be competent in using basic IT such as word processing.

Students outside the UK:

This course is very strongly based on the legislative framework and civil claims system of the UK. It is not recommended for students outside the UK unless they work for a British company or intend to work in the UK. All international applicants will need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency at the point of enrolment.

To ensure you get the best learning experience possible, please ensure that you have a computer, tablet or smartphone that meets the minimum IT requirements. To access the e-learning activities, you will need one of the following, together with a speaker or headphones:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 8 or later (with latest Flash player), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 7 or later, Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 4.1 or later

To complete the assessments you will need to be able to open PDF files, and have Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, or a free alternative (such as Open Office) to type your assignments.

A validation interview is carried out after all assessments has been completed to ensure that work has been completed by the registered student, and to view your photographic ID. For further details see the Validation Interview Policy. You will need access to the following only once, at a pre-arranged date and time. This could be borrowed if you do not have own such a device, and our Student Support Team will call you to minimise any costs:

  • A computer with a webcam
  • A tablet with an integrated camera
  • A smart phone with an integrated camera

An account that you can use with:

  • Skype
  • Apple FaceTime

More learners enrolled on the NCRQ Diploma in Applied Health and Safety than the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety 01/04/16 - 31/03/17. Source: NEBOSH annual report 2017.