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The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health is a globally respected health and safety qualification.

A modern risk-based qualification providing practical skills and sustainable knowledge that can be applied to any workplace, across industries, for those starting out, as well as those who are continuing their development as health and safety professionals.

Why choose British Safety Council?

As a Gold learning partner, we exceed the learning excellence principles, which include the quality of our material, expert tutors, exceptional support to all our students and the creation of an engaging and positive learning environment.

You will receive unlimited support from our approved NEBOSH tutors until you pass

All our learners will have free access to all our excellent online interactive Digital Learning Resources and Study Support Hub, with additional resources, tutor guidance and forums to talk with tutors and other students

From the very start of your studies, our expert tutors are committed to guiding you through your qualification, providing supportive learning and application of your knowledge in real-world scenarios, enabling you to confidently achieve your qualification.

The British Safety Council has been a trusted provider of health, safety sustainability and wellbeing education for over 65 years, with exceptional pass rates. Not only will you be joining our large cohort of students who have successfully completed their professional development with the British Safety Council, but you will also be supporting our global charitable activities in our dedication to making sure no one is injured or made ill through their work.

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NEBOSH Course Information

What’s the outcome?

You will achieve the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety which is an SCQF Level 6 qualification (equivalent to RQF Level 3, similar to an A Level).

A comprehensive foundation course that will provide you with a good understanding of the principles and practice of managing risk in the workplace and the confidence to apply your knowledge.

Course requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

Enrolment period:

Most students complete this course within 6 months. NEBOSH allows you up to 5 years to complete both assessments, we will provide access to resources and support until you complete your qualification.

Course overview

The qualification comprises two units:

Unit IG1 covers the management of health and safety and is assessed via an open-book exam completed online.

Unit IG2 covers hazards and risk assessment and is assessed via a practical risk assessment based on a workplace.

If you are studying digitally the units are studied at your own pace, for classroom courses unit IG1 is taught in week 1 and IG2 in week 2.


Unit IG1: Open book examination is completed online via the NEBOSH exam portal, to which you have 24 hours access.   On average you should allocate approximately 5 hours to complete the exam. You’ll be awarded a grading for the IG1, as outlined below

  • Pass: 45-64 marks
  • Credit: 65-74 marks
  • Distinction: 75+ marks.

Unit IG2: Workplace-based risk assessment task. Completed in a workplace and submitted to BSC via email. IG2 is marked either a pass or refer (fail).

You must successfully pass both units to achieve your full NEBOSH International General Certificate.

Results and Certificates

NEBOSH will email you your results directly approximately 50 working days from your assessment.

You will receive your certificate parchment within 8 weeks of the successful completion of both unit assessments.

Professional recognition

NEBOSH qualifications are recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Learning progression: What’s next?

Once completed, our students often continue their studies by completing a NEBOSH Fire Safety,  Foundation in IEMA or a NEBOSH Diploma. Please contact us to discuss your options.

How can I study?

In your workplace

Either virtual class or we can visit your workplace or a third party venue and deliver this 9-day course on dates of your choice.

A cost-effective method that can be tailored to your organisation, creating a study community with your colleagues, building team relationships and discussing hazards and risks relevant to your organisation. Our dedicated account managers can guide you through the options that suit your organisation to support your learning requirements.

Digital learning

The NEBOSH International General Certificate Digital Learning programme allows you to study at your own pace and in your own time.

Our online programme includes tutorial videos, a digital text book, interactive exercises, and practice questions to make sure you are fully prepared for the IG1 examination and IG2 risk assessment task. You will also have access to our Study Support Hub, full of additional technical and soft skill resources to assist you with your study techniques and overcome procrastination and self-doubt, to enable you to excel in your learning. You will also have free, unlimited access, to our Study Support tutors and can engage in our student forum community.