NEBOSH National General Certificate
Virtual classroom course
Starts 8 January 2021
- Fully remote, including online open book examination (OBE)
- 7 April 2021 NG1 exam date
- Fully supported with expert tutors
- All-inclusive course costs
Fridays are the new Mondays!
Join us for our next NEBOSH National General Certificate (NGC) course, with a streamlined syllabus delivered remotely every Friday, and assessed via the new NEBOSH online open book exam (OBE).
How does virtual classroom work?
Virtual classroom is the name given to a form of blended learning that involves delivery using virtual meeting software, combined with other resources. Our virtual classroom courses are delivered using Microsoft Teams, which we've been using extensively since January 2019. The structure of the course is based around an interactive session taking place each Friday, which kicks off with a tutor-led session of approximately 90 minutes to introduce new subjects and set the agenda for the day. Students complete online exercises via our online academy and work together in small breakout groups, giving plenty of time to share knowledge and work through content at their own pace.
Our expert tutors are always on-hand to provide support, on tutorial days and throughout the week, setting and giving feedback on project work, and providing guidance on exam technique. Every student receives a 566-page full colour study guide through the post, to give them a comprehensive reference to accompany their studies.
In short, we provide you with everything you need, both to pass the exams and gain your NEBOSH National General Certificate, and to gain an appreciation (and hopefully a passion) for health and safety practice and the benefits it delivers.
What are the course dates?
Tutor-led virtual sessions take place every Friday over nine weeks (with a break in mid-February), starting on 8 January and finishing on 5 March. A half-day revision session for the NG1 exam will take place on Friday, 26 March, giving you a final chance to get ready for the exam itself two weeks later.
When are the exam dates?
The NG1 online open book exam (OBE) takes place on 7 April 2021. The exam platform opens at 09:00 UK time, and students have 24 hours to complete the assessment. Students will be contacted by our tutors within 3-4 days of the OBE for a short verification interview. The deadline for students to submit the NG2 practical assessment project is generally within 2 weeks of the OBE, deadline to be confirmed.
What does the course cover?
The NEBOSH NGC syllabus provides a comprehensive introduction to health and safety leading to an internationally recognised qualification. The syllabus is divided into 11 sections:
- Why we should manage workplace health and safety
- How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
- Managing risk – understanding people and processes
- Health and safety monitoring and measuring
- Physical and psychological health
- Musculoskeletal health
- Chemical and biological agents
- General workplace issues
- Work equipment
How does the NG1 open book exam work?
The open book examination (OBE) enables you to sit your NEBOSH assessment on your own, usually in your own home or another safe and suitable location where you can concentrate. In a NEBOSH OBE you will have up to 24 hours to complete your paper – though you should be able to complete the examination in 4-5 hours. To help you during the OBE you can use resources such as notes, textbooks, learning materials and online resources.
Candidate completion of the NG1 is verified by a virtual discussion with one of our course tutors to confirm the OBE was completed in line with NEBOSH requirements.
The first NEBOSH OBE took place in August 2020, and students seemed to prefer it to the previous, traditional exams. You can read more about it on the NEBOSH website. And here's what some of them sitting the exam (not from International Workplace) have said on social media:
"My feeling is that it is more realistic [than the previous written papers] and tests your practical knowledge rather than your ability to learn parrot fashion. In the real world, apart from having the baseline knowledge, it is as important to know where to find the information." - Alan Wild
"Having done one of the old mock exam papers, I guess the old exam suited those who could memorise a lot of what they learned! This is much more skill based and the answers you draw on have to focus around the given scenario, it's not all text book stuff. It's definitely NOT cut n' paste!" - Ramesh Sharma
What's included in the course fee?
The course fee includes everything you need to study for and successfully complete the NEBOSH National General Certificate:
- Virtual tutor-led sessions every Friday for 8 weeks
- Access to our online academy, with resources including exercises, downloads, videos, and practice exam scenarios
- Tutor support throughout your study period
- Registration for the NEBOSH NG1 and NG2 exams
- 566-page colour study guide
Why should I choose International Workplace?
We're a NEBOSH silver approved learning partner with a 15-year history of delivering NEBOSH certificate courses. Our expert tutors all have practical experience of health safety in the workplace, and thanks to their valued teaching and support our courses are rated 4.8 out of 5 by our students.
We're also recognised as a leader in learning technologies, having won silver at the eLearning Awards in 2011 and a number of accolades at the Learning Technologies Awards and Learning Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Here's what the students from our latest course (August 2020) had to say:
"Simply excellent. Probably the best course presentation wise and engagement wise I have ever been on."
"Kate is more than supportive, very knowledgeable with clear guidance and support offered following termination of course."
"Kate presented the subject matter really well and in a constructive learning manner."
"Excellently taught course by an individual with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience."