Diploma in Higher Education in Occupational Health (Technician) (Diploma of Higher Education)

University of South Wales

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The award
Diploma of Higher Education

How long you will study
2 years

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About Diploma in Higher Education in Occupational Health (Technician) at University of South Wales

This unique Occupational Health course develops and enhances the competence and skills needed by occupational health technician, and will prepare you for work in any occupational health practice setting. The course provides a strong element rooted in practice and you will develop your skills of analysis and evaluation to diploma level. It will develop your independent judgement and problem solving skills to assess, implement and evaluate healthcare in the workplace. It will also develop your leadership and managerial skills, as well as your ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

On successful completion of this Occupational Health course you will be awarded an HE Diploma in Occupational Health and have the opportunity to sit the exam for NEBOSH NGC1 Management of Health and Safety. For an additional fee, you can go onto complete NGC 2 Controlling Workplace Hazards and NGC3 Health and safety practical application to obtain the NESBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

What you will study

  • Occupational Health Practice - 40 credits
  • Management of Health and Safety (Unit 1 NEBOSH) - 20 credits
  • The Workplace Environment - 40 credits
  • Clinical Skills for Practice (Technicians) - 20 credits


You will attend the University for an Introductory two days in September. Each module consists of five days taught in the University, followed by self-study in your place of work.

Teaching methods include lectures, group discussions and practicals.


You will be assessed using a range of methods, including report writing, reflection and portfolio presentation.

Course details


Caroline Whittaker, course leader


Occupational Health Technicians are employed in a range of settings such as in industry, health services or education and are regarded as leaders in public health within the workplace. They can work as independent practitioners or as part of an Occupational Health Service team, often linked to the Human Resources department.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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Fees and funding

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University's library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student's own expense.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must ideally demonstrate that they have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level Four (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline, through one or a combination of the following pathways: Professional Registration, HNC/Certificate of Higher Education or Open University equivalent study.

Other qualifications or experiences that demonstrate a candidate has appropriate knowledge or skills at certificate-level will also be considered (BTEC or employment within an occupational health setting).

Those without sufficient qualifications at Level One are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account via the APL/APEL mechanism (University regulations will apply).

Applicants must be working in an occupational health environment or have access to an occupational health placement.

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