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ISL study centre – Level 6 course syllabus

When you study for the IOSH Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health Leadership and Management at the ISL study centre, the course is split into three units.

Assessment is through three assignments that include a combination of reports and presentations. Each assessment is marked as pass or refer.

The course syllabus is based on IOSH's competency framework. The diploma covers all of the academic requirements for Certified membership of IOSH.

The ISL study centre delivers the diploma online using an e-learning system, supported by two textbooks.

Unit 1. Advanced occupational safety and health management principles in organisations

Assessment tasks

  • Technical evaluation (written report and presentation recording)

What you will learn

  • Evaluate how OSH legal frameworks are relevant to an organisation
  • Critically evaluate tools and techniques for ensuring compliance and moving beyond compliance with OSH legal frameworks
  • Critically evaluate approaches to OSH risk identification, assessment and prioritisation
  • Critically evaluate approaches to OSH risk control and mitigation
  • Critically evaluate approaches to OSH risk monitoring and reporting
  • Critically evaluate the approaches used in an organisation to manage a serious OSH incident
  • Evaluate how well OSH risk is integrated into operational decision-making and risk management processes in an organisation

Unit 1 is worth 13 credits and has 54 guided learning hours.

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Unit 2. Occupational safety and health integration within an organisation

Assessment tasks

  • Strategy proposal (report and presentation, followed by question and answer)

What you will learn

  • Analyse how OSH activities contribute to the value chain
  • Justify the benefits to an organisation of compliance and moving beyond compliance with OSH legal frameworks
  • Evaluate the potential implications of external factors on the organisation’s OSH strategy
  • Evaluate the impact of potential organisational change on an OSH strategy
  • Appraise how OSH contributes to creating and maintaining socially sustainable businesses
  • Analyse how OSH financial planning contributes to business sustainability
  • Appraise how the undertaking of OSH activities impacts on the environment
  • Critically appraise existing OSH performance in an organisation
  • Make recommendations for an organisation wide approach to OSH that improves on existing OSH performance, in line with OSH standards of compliance
  • Develop a plan to implement recommendations for an organisation’s approach to OSH
  • Develop performance measures and methods for monitoring progress against the implementation plan

Unit 2 is worth 13 credits and has 74 guided learning hours.

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Unit 3. Leading and influencing in occupational safety and health

Assessment tasks

  • Strategy proposal (report and presentation, followed by question and answer)
  • Self-reflection assignment (written report)

What you will learn

  • Evaluate how the behaviour and capabilities of individuals can impact the attainment of work objectives
  • Evaluate how the behaviour and capabilities of a team can impact the implementation of work objectives
  • Critically evaluate tools and techniques for ensuring compliance and moving beyond compliance with OSH legal frameworks
  • Evaluate appropriate styles and techniques to lead and influence team members in different scenarios
  • Evaluate ways to influence other stakeholders to achieve results
  • Critically evaluate how change management models and approaches can be utilised to achieve a desired or planned change in an organisation
  • Develop an appropriate communication strategy for the implementation of a desired or planned change in an organisation
  • Critically review effectiveness of own capability and performance to fulfil the OSH leadership role

Unit 3 is worth 12 credits and has 37 guided learning hours.

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IOSH awarding organisation approved study centre

This qualification is accredited by the IOSH Awarding Organisation and delivered by IOSH Services Limited (ISL), a commercial subsidiary of IOSH.