NEBOSH National General Certificate in
Occupational Health and Safety SCQF Level 6

Learn how to effectively manage health and safety risks.


Why take this course?

The NEBOSH General Certificate has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 15 SCQF credit points - comparable to NQF/QCF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is currently the most widely held health and safety management qualification.

The course is aimed at managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues, to discharge their organisational duties/functions more effectively. It will help you to manage the risks, technical and legal aspects of health and safety, and many will use the NEBOSH General Certificate as a first step in a career in health and safety. 

What you will experience

Upon course completion you should have the ability to recognise hazards and risks, analyse the implications of human factors and be able to report appropriate action to senior management using the backdrop of practical workplace situations. In addition we provide you with the opportunity to complete examination and assessment preparation, detailing revision and examination techniques and general advice on the exam and the practical assessment.

Examinations are held four times a year in March, June, September and December. There is an additional charge for exams, please check the NEBOSH website for the current fees. NEBOSH require the completed registration form (with fee in full) by no later than the registration closing date for the relevant examination as listed below.

  • March examination - 8th February
  • June examination - 8th May
  • September examination - 8th August
  • December examination - 8th November

Late entry fees apply to registrations received up to 7 days, and from 7 to 14 days, after the relevant closing date. Candidates will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completes all three units (NGC1, NGC2 and NGC3), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.

Student in a classroom

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

This course requires no previous health and safety knowledge, but English/Communications at Standard Grade General, National 4 or Intermediate 1 level is required. Students must also be able to write short reports.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Please note that this course is currently under review.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Successful students can progress to the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety (Distance Learning) which is offered by ASET, the College's Oil and Gas Training Academy.

Visit the ASET website for further information. 




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees Code
12 Months £575.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.