Course Information

Who is the course for?

The National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is the most widely held health and safety qualification of its kind in the UK with over 150,000 people having gained the qualification since it was launched in 1989. 

It is suitable for managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations making day-to-day decisions at work who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues and to be able to manage risks effectively. Many people take the NEBOSH National General Certificate as a first step in a career in health and safety. It provides a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.

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What does the course involve?

  • Legal requirements for health and safety at work
  • Implementation of health and safety management systems
  • Identification of workplace hazards
  • Methods of hazard control
  • Practical application of knowledge and understanding

What makes this course special?

“I found the learning experience at Bridgwater College very enjoyable. I was had not undertaken any formal study for a long time. The whole process was structured and very thorough and the support I received from the NEBOSH team was overwhelming. I was successful and gained this certificate with a Distinction. I have now gone onto develop my career within the health and safety field and gaining this qualification has opened up more career opportunities for me.”

Entry Requirements

There are no specific barriers, in terms of academic qualifications, skills or experience to entry to the NEBOSH National General Certificate programme. However, it should be noted that currently the assessments are offered, and must be answered, in English only. The qualification includes a requirement to write a short report based on the candidate’s own workplace, which must also be in English. 

The standard of English required by candidates studying for the NEBOSH National General Certificate must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted onto a National General Certificate programme.

What are the assessment methods?

  • NGC 1 – Two hour written examination
  • NGC 2 – Two hour written examination
  • NGC 3 – Written practical project undertaken in own workplace

How long is the course?

The course is delivered on one full day per week for fourteen weeks.

What are the progression options?

City & Guilds 3654 Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice.

Awarding Body

NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health).

For further course information and to book a place, please email or call 01278 655065

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