Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work)

University College Cork (CSHWW)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

ACE

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

Ace.Springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

0876931100

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

Role

Senior Skills Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

29/07/2022

Start Date

15/09/2022

End Date

22/05/2023

About this Course

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 Covid-19 pandemic has served to heighten the importance of occupational health and safety.

The Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work was designed primarily to provide students from a range of sectors and backgrounds (including low educational attainment) with the education and training required to be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace. Its 6 x 5 credit modules 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. 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 or future employer. 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.

In order for participants to instantly apply their learning to their workplace and make improvements in the day-to-day operations of their organisation or future employer, this skills-based programme is delivered with a highly practical focus in a very participative online environment. To ensure that learning on the programme can be easily applied to the workplace, the teaching team is entirely comprised of highly experienced practitioner lecturers who all have an extensive background in health and safety across several sectors. Through engaging in online discussion, personal reflections, case study analysis and group tasks, students will develop practical knowledge using tools to enhance their own performance.

The programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students must complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts where the vast majority of students are already in employment. From the 20/21 Springboard+ cohort, 90% of graduates are now in employment or self-employment, with 10% of graduates having gained promotion, and 30% of graduates who entered as unemployed or returners having secured employment. A further 30% of graduates have also progressed to further study.

Over the last several years, interest in this programme has grown significantly. In the current 2021/2022 cohort there are 67 students, of which 56 are Springboard students. Demand this year is expected to continue at a high level with the impact of Covid still being felt in the workplace, and the issue of returning to physical workplaces challenging many employers. In preparing this proposal, consultations were held with the South West Regional Skills Forum (SWRSF) Manager who verified the continuing demand from companies in our region for occupational health and safety skills.



Entry Requirements

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¢ Or have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience as deemed appropriate by the programme Academic Director.
English language requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 6 or equivalent TOEFL score.

Long Description

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 Covid-19 pandemic has served to heighten the importance of occupational health and safety.

The Certificate in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work was designed primarily to provide students from a range of sectors and backgrounds (including low educational attainment) with the education and training required to be competent in the practice of health and safety in the workplace. Its 6 x 5 credit modules 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. 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 or future employer. 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.

In order for participants to instantly apply their learning to their workplace and make improvements in the day-to-day operations of their organisation or future employer, this skills-based programme is delivered with a highly practical focus in a very participative online environment. To ensure that learning on the programme can be easily applied to the workplace, the teaching team is entirely comprised of highly experienced practitioner lecturers who all have an extensive background in health and safety across several sectors. Through engaging in online discussion, personal reflections, case study analysis and group tasks, students will develop practical knowledge using tools to enhance their own performance.

The programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students must complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts where the vast majority of students are already in employment. From the 20/21 Springboard+ cohort, 90% of graduates are now in employment or self-employment, with 10% of graduates having gained promotion, and 30% of graduates who entered as unemployed or returners having secured employment. A further 30% of graduates have also progressed to further study.

Over the last several years, interest in this programme has grown significantly. In the current 2021/2022 cohort there are 67 students, of which 56 are Springboard students. Demand this year is expected to continue at a high level with the impact of Covid still being felt in the workplace, and the issue of returning to physical workplaces challenging many employers. In preparing this proposal, consultations were held with the South West Regional Skills Forum (SWRSF) Manager who verified the continuing demand from companies in our region for occupational health and safety skills.



Delivery Notes

Lectures will be delivered entirely online via UCC’s Canvas virtual learning environment. Lectures will be delivered using a blended online approach with pre-recorded material released on a weekly basis prior to a live interactive discussion class with the subject lecturer. Lectures can be viewed at any time, from anywhere, and as often as desired. Detailed lecture notes will accompany each lecture as well as recommended reading. Weekly learning activities will be provided to the learner which will focus and foster active learning directly relevant to the weekly topic and the discussion forums enable peer-to-peer engagement which ensures collaborative and enhanced learning for all. Field work will resume when guidelines allow.

Course commitment: An ability to manage and allocate time to course content each week is necessary. Students are expected to participate in the weekly live class and to engage with the discussion forum to interact with course lecturers, tutors, and other students, where they can discuss content and engage in module material.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

ACE (Adult Continuing Education)
The Laurels
University College Cork
Cork

Phone

087-6931100

Email

Ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

CV - Please upload an up-to-date CV.
Academic transcripts (results) or parchment (if results are included) - Please upload evidence of your previous educational qualifications in 1 file. If you do not have your UCC transcript(s) on hand, there is no need to order one, we can view your results on our internal system.

Personal / Motivational Statement - Please upload a document. In 500 words or less, please state: 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.

Transcripts showing educational evidence for course.





Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? - If applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a work, personal or academic reference to support your application.