The Occupational Health & Safety (QCF) – Level 2 Course aims to provide students with an understanding of key health and safety legislation and how to maintain health and safety in the workplace. It can help in teaching safe working practices which could contribute to a reduction in workplace related accidents, injury and illness. On completion of this course, students will have a sound understanding of the principles of health and safety and their role in keeping the workplace safe.

The course covers risk assessments for display screen equipment (DSE), the control of hazardous substances and safe manual handling. It enables learners to develop knowledge of how to respond to accidents and incidents in the workplace environment and also looks at the principles and practice of fire management at work and the role of the nominated fire warden.

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a Level 2 QCF Award Qualification with 8 Credits.

This course is delivered through an interactive online learning platform, where your knowledge will be assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments (TMAs). The course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. The courses are fully digitised so you can study on any PC or smart device.

Please Note: An Awarding Body registration fee of £41.00 needs to be paid within four weeks of enrolment if you wish to receive the NCFE Award on successful completion of your course. You will have an option to pay this as part of your online order or you can pay this afterwards via a form that will be emailed to you as part of the course enrolment process.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: Health & Safety in the Workplace (1 Credit)

In this unit, learners will understand the roles and responsibilities for health, safety and welfare in the workplace, and will look at how risk assessment contributes to health and safety and identify how to control risks.

  • Unit 2: Fire Safety Principles (1 Credit)

Learners will understand the hazards and risks associated with fire in the workplace, and how to control and reduce these risks.

  • Unit 3: DSE Risk Assessment (2 Credits)

This unit covers the importance of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) risk assessments and the principles of controlling risks to health from workstation design and use.

  • Unit 4: COSHH Risk Assessment (2 Credits)

Learners will understand the importance of controlling substances hazardous to health, as well as learning about the main types of hazardous substances that are relevant to the workplace.

  • Unit 5: Manual Handling Safety at Work (2 Credits)

In this unit, learners will understand the reasons for safe handling and how manual handling risk assessments contribute to health and safety.


There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course. Due to accreditation guidelines, students must be over 16 years of age to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


Each unit of the course is followed by a tutor marked assignment (TMA). Each assignment will consist of a mixture of knowledge and understanding based questions.


NCFEOn successful completion of this course, students will be awarded an Occupational Health & Safety Level 2 Award Qualification by NCFE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework Database (Qualification Code 600/0074/0). This is a Level 2 Award Qualification and has 8 credits.

The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 2 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

This qualification is issued by NCFE. NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. This course provides successful students with a qualification listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework Database, accredited by NCFE at level 2 and assessed through UKDLP, a licensed NCFE centre. NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation

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