SVQ in Occupational Health & Safety Practice at SCQF Level 9

Course Code: GR65 49
SCQF Level: 9
Mode of Study: Part time/in the workplace
Length of Study: Dependent on employment demands
Entry Requirements: Please see entry requirements page


The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. It lays down clear guidelines and duties for employers, contractors, managers, people in control at work, employees and the general public.

As employers put more resources and emphasis on health and safety, there is an increasing demand for suitably qualified personnel to supervise and manage the H&S practice within a company.

To achieve this qualification, candidates will have to demonstrate that they are able to assess health and safety risks, develop and promote safety control measures and monitor safety control measures are being carried out according to the company’s health and safety ambitions.

Candidates will be assessed to the industry recognised National Occupational Standards (NOS) that have been developed by the Sector Skills Council (SSC).

Pass Requirements

To attain the qualification candidates must complete 8 units in total. This comprises:

  • 8 mandatory units
  • 2 optional units

Programme Content

Mandatory Units

  • Promote a positive health and safety culture
  • Develop and implement effective communication systems for health and safety information
  • Develop and maintain individual and organisational competence in health and safety matters
  • Control health and safety risks
  • Develop, implement and review proactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Develop, implement and review reactive monitoring systems for health and safety
  • Develop and implement health and safety review systems
  • Develop, implement and monitor behavioural safety in the workplace

Optional Units

  • Manage contractors to ensure compliance with health and safety
  • Develop and implement health and safety induction processes
  • Influence and keep pace with improvements in health and safety practice
  • Develop and implement the health and safety policy
  • Develop and implement health and safety emergency response systems and procedures