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Applications for this course open Monday 13th September 2021. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th October 2021.
The Professional Diploma in Health and Safety with an emphasis on behaviour based safety is a Level 9 minor award at Masters level. The programme runs from January to December.
The programme is a fully online course utilising the increase functionality of education and collaboration tools brought about by the pandemic.
The programme develops the skills in the graduate to create, maintain, and improve health and safety in the workplace by ensuring that safety policies, practices and legislation are followed in order to prevent accidents and health problems.
A strong focus of the programme is on the impact of personal behaviour in the assurance of a safe work environment.
This approach adds to the traditional approaches and seeks to co-create a safety culture in the organisation in which everyone feels empowered and responsible.
Applicants are normally expected to hold an NFQ level 8 primary honours degree (minimum H2.2), or equivalent and have at least 3 years of relevant industrial experience.
Applicants will be required to undertake a short process safety assignment to satisfy the course admission team that they have the motivation and ability to complete and benefit from this course.
Alternative Entry Route:
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.
An application approach is taken to skills development for participants, which will involve:
Preparing health and safety policy
Carrying out risk assessments
Working with a range of people to provide a safe working environment
Keeping up to date with new legislation
Advising on specialist areas such as fire regulations
Keeping records of incidents and accidents
Developing materials and training employees
A company-based project is a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts covered in the taught element in a real world setting.
Springboard+ participants are assisted in finding a company placement to undertake their project, through a dedicated placement coordinator, this is greatly assisted by out consultant practitioner tutors on the programme.
CH5012 BEHAVIOUR BASED SAFETY: Principles, approaches and performance indicators to oversee the development of a H&S process
CH50022 HEALTH & SAFETY: LEGISLATIVE CONTEX: Key legislative instruments of Irish occupational health and
CA4003 CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Job readiness and future employability training
CH5011 ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION: Principles of accident investigation and the approaches taken to investigating
them in the workplace
CH5021 H & S MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INTEGRATION: Integrating a health and safety management system into an
organisation's existing systems
IE2011 INDUSTRY LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Project application of course learning in a live setting.
CE3002 LEARNING HOW TO LEARN: Online Learning and remote working skills
Approx. 6 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time course with classes being delivered 1 evening a week. The evening is not yet confirmed and would not be possible to confirm until closer to the start date of the course. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here: https://www.ul.ie/covid/
The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2021 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.
APPLICATION TO A SPRINGBOARD+ COURSE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK IS A 2 STEP PROCESS.
Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.
Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).
Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.
Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate
FEES - EMPLOYED & FORMERLY SELF EMPLOYED ONLY
All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.
Employed and formerly self-employed (outlined above) participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €500 directly to the University of Limerick.
Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €500 as outlined above. The full fees of €500 are due in two equal instalments which is €250 per installment. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid that covers semester 1 fees. The remaining €250 is due by 21st January 2022.
ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS FOR PROOF OF STATUS
In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:
Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.
NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.
To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.
Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.
For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)