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


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose

  • Fees

    €2,500 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

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

  • Closing Date

    28th August 2020

  • Next Intake

    September 2020

  • Venue

    UCC Campus

  • Start Date

    September 2020

Course Outline

As health and safety is a statutory imperative for all organisations, employers must continuously update their employees’ knowledge and skills in this field to ensure compliance. The Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to assist them in working safely while performing their duties in the workplace, regardless of the sector.

This programme has been designed primarily to provide students with the education and training required to be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace. It introduces students to key principles, best practises and practical ready-to-apply tools in order to help students build their own skill-set, while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation.

The programme offers a broad introduction to key topics relating to the practice of health and safety in the workplace, including:

  • Key health and safety legislation and regulations;
  • Means of reducing the risk of injury and damage to people and property;
  • Introduction to toxicology;
  • Basic Occupational Hygiene;
  • The effects of health on work and work on health;
  • Planning for emergencies in the workplace;
  • Environmental factors impacting health and safety;
  • Motivating staff in relation to safe working practices;
  • Promoting and campaigning for health and safety in the workplace.

 Students will complete 30 credits as follows:

  • AD1075 Introduction to Human Factors in Health & Safety (5 credits)
  • AD1074 Introduction to Health and Safety Legislation (5 credits)
  • AD1079 Introduction to Environmental Issues within Health & Safety (5 credits)
  • AD1078 Introduction to Chemical Safety, Toxicology & Occupational Hygiene (5 credits)
  • AD1076 Introduction to Risk & Safety Management (5 credits)
  • AD1077 Introduction to Occupational Health (5 credits)

Course Practicalities

Lectures/workshops will be scheduled Wednesday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) from mid-September 2019 to end May 2020. When there is a tutorial being delivered lectures will be 6.00pm - 10.00pm. Full day workshops will also be held on Saturdays every 8 weeks. The programme is wholly assessed via continuous assessment.


Why Choose This Course

The programme is jointly accredited by UCC and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world and the only Chartered body for health and safety professionals. Students can apply for student membership from IOSH upon enrolment and technician membership upon successful completion of the programme. This qualification is then recognised in over 100 IOSH territories around the world.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of this programme will be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace and will be well placed to take up health and safety representative roles in their respective organisations. Successful graduates of this programme will also be eligible to apply to progress to the level 8 Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work should they wish to pursue a career as a Health and Safety Officer.


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
  • Hold a Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/QQI Level 5 qualification


  • Have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director.

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.


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