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Health and Safety - NEBOSH General Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

The NEBOSH National General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge.  The syllabus is mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety owned by ENTO.  No previous health and safety knowledge is required but candidates should note the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which is assessed separately: 

  • Management of Health and Safety (NGC1)
  • Controlling workplace hazards (GC2)
  • Health and safety practical application (GC3) 

Course Content

Units NGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by a two-hour written examination.  Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. All questions are compulsory.   Candidate scripts are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.

Unit GC3 is assessed by one two-hour practical examination carried out in the candidate's own workplace. The assessment must normally be taken within 14 days of a written examination.  The practical examination is internally assessed by the programme organiser and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completes all three units (NGC1, GC2 and GC3), the overall qualification parchment will be issued. 

Entry Requirement

The standard of English required by candidates studying the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety must be such that they can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.  It is important to stress that the onus is on accredited course providers to determine their candidates’ standards of proficiency in English.

NEBOSH recommends that candidates undertaking this qualification should be working in a Health and Safety role and reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests in order to be accepted onto an National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety programme.   

There is a brief 10-15 minute telephone interview to ensure the course meets all your requirements.


Two written examinations (NGC1 and GC2) and 1 practical examination (GC3).

Where does this course lead to

Holders of the NEBOSH Certificate can gain direct access to the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. This qualification is designed for those looking to become Health and Safety Practitioners. Level 4 NVQ Occupational Health and Safety Practice.

How to Enrol

To find out more information or to enrol please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference.

Course Outline

Course Code: MPBC027
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 12 Weeks
Start Date: Flexible
Day & Time: Wed 09.00 - 16.00
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