Course Brief

The course aims to:

a)    provide the student with an understanding of the concepts of the management of risk and loss control
b)    enable students to relate the principles of risk management to their own workplace
c)    develop approaches to prioritization of risk and control strategies
d)    explore the concepts of safety management systems in relation to risk management
e)    provide an understanding of the importance of safety policies, their function and development
f)    ensure an awareness of relevant legislation, its requirements and workplace implications


  • This course is offered in 36 hours

At the end of the course, the student will:

a)    have acquired an understanding of human attitudes towards risk and danger
b)    be able to explain the methods of reducing risk and minimizing harm through safety organization
c)    be able to develop and implement a safety and health programme
d)    have developed some of the skills necessary to effectively influence, initiate and deliver education and training to workers and management
e)    have developed an appreciation of good management through quality assurance and quality systems

Introduction to risk management (development, risk categorisation, prescriptive v. performance, strategies for risk control).  Safety, accident analysis, accident triangles, etc.  Loss prevention (damage/near misses) and loss control (fire, security, emergency planning, product, etc)

Quality, environment and safety management systems theory.  Safety Management systems.

Risk communication and decision.  Risk control techniques.

Financial and insurance considerations (cost benefit analysis, risk transfer, etc)

The learning time for a 15 credit level 3 course is approximately 150 hours, and as the course is studied in distance learning mode, this will be largely student centred.

Students will receive comprehensive study materials together with supporting text books. There will also be at least one intensive study school which will adopt a problem solving approach to the subject.

Throughout the texts there will be self assessment questions (SAQs), which will be linked in to the student website, and these will allow the students to monitor their understanding of principles, procedure and practice as they progress through the material. The answers can be monitored by tutors and feedback given. Where practicable, SAQs will be interactive.

Methods of AssessmentWeighting %Minimum Pass Mark
Assignment5040
Examination5040
  • BSc.(Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (Top-Up)

    Across the world there is increasing demand for qualified and professional safety and hygiene professionals. Their roles and responsibilities now often encompass environmental issues. This top-up programme is a novel approach to delivering health, safety and hygiene training and will allow a wider range of applicants to gain access to this growing field of employment.

    This programme, delivered by lecturers at SBCS with industry expertise and awarded by the University of Greenwich, is currently the only programme offered locally accredited by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Graduates will be eligible to apply for graduate membership with IOSH.

    At SBCS we focus on -

    • Producing graduates who are capable of thinking critically, creatively and ethically.
    • Graduates who are team players with the ability to communicate persuasively.

    Highlights at a glance -

    • Final Year (Top-up)
    • IOSH Accredited (Global Recognition and Portability)
    • Multiple Entry Paths
    • Multiple Campuses
    • Expert Lecturers