UCC Adult courses

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Safety, Health and Welfare at Work

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 6

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose

  • Fees

    €2,300 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th August 2019

  • Next Intake

    September 2019

  • Venue

    UCC Campus

  • Start Date

    September 2019

Course Outline

‌The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accredited course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to assist you in the performance of your duties in the workplace. Health and safety is a statutory imperative for all organisations and graduates of this course can apply for IOSH technician membership upon completion. This course has been designed primarily to provide you with the education and training you require to be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

One evening per week (Wednesdays 6.30 - 9.30)

Course Practicalities


Assessment for this course will take the form of end-of-module written examinations and continuous assessment including both individual and group projects. The course consists of 20 credits.

Why Choose This Course

This course gives you the opportunity to blend academic teaching with your own workplace experience which is the core feature of successful adult experiential learning. You are encouraged to participate and question during the classes and to bring examples of your own experience in order to illustrate particular aspects of the learning process. This is further enriched by the fact that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and a range of different work sectors.

Students enter the course from a range of backgrounds and educational levels, yet by the end each will have successfully acquired a nationally and internationally recognised qualification in health and safety. Most of the successful graduates go on to progress in their career as a result, be it in health and safety or in a managerial role where the qualification is recognised.


  • Be over 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
  • Have Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/FETAC Level 5 qualifications or have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
  • English language requirement: if your first language is not English, you must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Fees and Costs


Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.

You can also download and post in your application ACE Application Form 2019


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Year 1 Modules

  • AD1862: Introduction to Health and Safety Legislation and Human Factors in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work. (5 credits)
    The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and subsequent Regulations.
    The Irish Legal System and organisation of the court system.
    Basic principles of human factors.
    How the job, individual, and organisation can influence behaviour and effect occupational safety and health.
  • AD1863: Risk and Safety Management (5 credits)
    How to develop ways and means of reducing the risk of injury and damage to people and property in the context of: Hazard Identification, Assessment of Risk, Management and control of Risk, Safe Place of Work, Nature of Electricity AC/DC.
    How to manage safety in the workplace: identifying and communicating (reporting risks, incidents, suggestions, etc.) with those who have health and safety responsibility in the organisation; safety management systems and standards (organisational and international); Safety Organisation; Plan, do, check, act model.
    How to plan, effectively, for emergencies at the workplace including Fire: Prevention, Fighting and Escape; Safety Organisation; Minimising Consequences; Fire and Explosion: Evacuation Procedures; First Aid; Toxic Waste Disposal; Environmental Control.
    How to conduct research, identify appropriate sources of information and guidance, write reports and produce a method statement incorporating quality management requirements.
  • AD1864: Occupational Health (5 credits)
    What is occupational health? What disciplines are involved? Health Promotion in the Workplace, Prevention of disease and injury. Medical assessments and support systems. The effects of health on work and work on health; Assessing Fitneses for work; Equality, diversity and inclusion; Medical ethics and confidentiality.
  • BC1802: Introduction to Chemical Safety and Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
    Introduction to Toxicology, Assessment of Toxicity, Carcinogens, Chemical Regulations, Hazard Information, Storage of Chemicals, and Chemical Emergencies.
    Basic Occupational Hygiene, Noise produced by particular activities and equipment, Airborne Monitoring of dusts such as silica and wood metal fumes and vapours from paints and adhesives and respiratory protection, Workplace exposure standards.
    Controls for workplace health hazards.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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