The NCRQ Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety was released in 2015. Within a year of accreditation, the number of enrolments on the NCRQ Diploma overtook those of the former health and safety diploma monopoly provider NEBOSH – which has been the case ever since.
For the year 2020-2021, NCRQ’s qualification remains the most popular health and safety diploma in the UK. Over this period, 50% more UK students enrolled on the NCRQ diploma compared to the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
Why are NCRQ health and safety diploma the first choice?
Recognising that the health and safety industry had only one method of learning – through NEBOSH’s traditional examination route – the NCRQ Diploma was developed to provide professionals with a far more practical and applied qualification. Rather than reciting facts by rote under exam conditions, NCRQ requires students to critically analyse information and then apply this to the real world. The Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at the time considered NEBOSH’s approach to be unfit for purpose, and so through collaboration with some of the UK and Europe’s biggest employers – including the BBC, Royal Mail, and Siemens Plc – NCRQ’s ground-breaking Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety was developed and launched. More than just a course, NCRQ’s diploma was, and is, a Qualification for Real Life.
How do we deliver a qualification for real life?
On occasion, those unfamiliar with the NCRQ approach have asked what is meant by “Qualifications for Real Life”. Our own students can answer that – check us out on social media and you’ll find our alumni talking about how NCRQ qualifications teach you to teach yourself.
NCRQ qualifications are built around a ‘discovery learning’ approach, in which students undertake a wide range of activities: from making notes to researching publications, from independent thinking to engaging with high-quality, interactive e-learning modules. Unlike with more conventional education provision, students of NCRQ progressively improve their skills just as much as they encounter and retain new knowledge.
But it’s not enough to simply remember and regurgitate information – we at NCRQ believe that studying failures in safety management is the best way to ensure success in the future.
Removing barriers to quality education
Students choose to join us because our qualifications are accessible. We prioritise online and distance learning so that students don’t need to navigate the usual physical and financial requirements associated with undertaking an educational course. With NCRQ they’re able to choose when, where, and how to study; they can decide on the most suitable time to request their assignments; and they’re free to organise all of this around their own unique work and family commitments.
Our friendly and professional support team are available to contact throughout the working week, while our experienced team of in-house tutors – all of whom were once either senior HSE inspectors – is available seven days per week with email and call-backs until 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 12pm on weekends and bank holidays.
How will NCRQ remain the first choice?
It would be very easy for us to see the results we’ve achieved and allow ourselves to become complacent. However, just as our students improve their abilities through the investigation that is required for discovery learning, NCRQ are always searching for new ways to support current and prospective students, as well as the industries we serve. We will never stop listening to student feedback – we couldn’t possibly continue developing and maintaining high-quality qualifications for real life without it – and so we are working on a new student feedback infrastructure to improve both the collection and communication of comments and suggestions we receive.
What’s more, later this year we’ll be taking our unique approach into the world of fire safety. Students will soon have the opportunity to undertake the highest academic level fire risk assessment qualifications available in the UK, which will teach them to teach themselves about the risk of fire, the protection of life, and the safeguarding of valuable property and assets. Once again, NCRQ is re-defining professional standards, guiding its students towards an exceptional level of knowledge, understanding, and real-world application.
Source: accreditation.sqa.org.uk/accreditation/ResearchandStatistics/QuarterlyandAnnual_Statistics_Reports / NCRQ student database
“Qualifications for Real Life” is a trademark of NCRQ.