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Is the NEBOSH Diploma a Degree?

It's a qualification, and the question is, is it a degree? Want to know if the NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Managing Professionals is a degree? You are in the right place!

January 2020

When talking about the NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety, you will often hear how challenging it is. With the course being such a high-level qualification, many will also want to know: 'Is the NEBOSH Diploma a degree?'
This blog will answer those questions and explain the level of the NEBOSH Diploma.

What level is the NEBOSH Diploma?

The NEBOSH Diploma level is considered to be comparable to an Honours Degree standard. However, it is a vocational qualification and cannot be referred to as a degree.
Only institutions with degree-awarding powers, for example, universities, can offer degrees. In the UK, the NEBOSH Diploma is equivalent to SCQF Level 10, comparable to NQF/QCF Level 6 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The level of study is the same, with the main difference to a degree being the amount of time that it takes to complete. A typical Honours Degree will take around 3 to 4 years, full time to complete. In contrast, the NEBOSH Diploma requires a total of 475 hours, and the good news is that you can achieve this degree standard vocational qualification within just over a year.
Suppose you are interested in the credit value of the NEBOSH Diploma for transferring between programmes offered by different awarding bodies or other educational organisations (e.g. universities). In that case, it is worth 49 SCQF credits.
The NEBOSH Diploma is recognised in many countries by their Health and Safety body compared to a degree level. It meets the required academic requirements to apply for a specific safety level relevant to its health and safety body.

Discover where the NEBOSH Diploma is recognised across the globe through our blog here.

Studying Guide: Is the NEBOSH Diploma studied the same way as a degree?

Traditionally degrees will be studied through some contact or virtual classroom hours and also self-study. Many people assume this is how they will have to learn their NEBOSH Diploma. This couldn't be further from the truth!
The NEBOSH Diploma can be studied remotely, for example, Online or via Distance learning with some course providers. It is similar to an Honours Degree, which can be taken through the Open University at your own pace.
This means that you can have ultimate flexibility in your studies and fit your learning around the other essential things in your life at a pace that suits you.
One of the fasted growing learning methods is the virtual classroom. Bridging the gap between online learning and in-classroom learning, it revolutionises the health and study learning experience.

The latest information about the NEBOSH Diploma Virtual learning method can be found here.

Does the NEBOSH Diploma cost the same as a degree?

The good news is that the cost of the NEBOSH Diploma tends to be significantly lower than studying for an Honours Degree. Tuition fees for full-time university courses can run into tens of thousands of pounds.

The Diploma provides a high academic level of study for a fraction of the price of a traditional degree. It is a tremendous vocational qualification that employers value highly all over the world.
For more information on the finances involved you can access our blog: 'How much does the NEBOSH Diploma cost?' here.
So, suppose you were to take a straightforward thing away from this blog. It should be that the NEBOSH Diploma for Occupational Health and Safety Management Professionals is a degree level qualification. Become accredited and take the next step in your career! 

Find out why Astutis students took the NEBOSH Diploma at the NEBOSH Graduation Awards Ceremony, and the positive difference it has made to their work. See if the NEBOSH Diploma is the next step to take your career to the next level. :


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