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IQ Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/5475/5
Title IQ Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Safety
Operational Start Date 11/01/2015
Operational End Date 31/12/2016
Total Units 5 Min Credit 8
Min Guided Learning Hours 65 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 14 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £35.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

The IQ Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety (QCF) is designed for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills associated with workplace health and safety. It is suitable as preparation for employment or for learners in employment wishing to extend their knowledge and skills. The areas covered include general health and safety, use of display screen equipment, fire safety, control of hazardous substances (COSHH) and manual handling. 

The objectives of the qualification are to prepare learners for employment, for further programmes of learning or to provide CPD for learners in employment.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve eight credits from five mandatory units.

IQ Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety (QCF)
The learner must achieve 8 credits from the 5 Mandatory Units.Minimum Units:5
 Minimum Credits:8
 F/602/1413COSHH Risk Assessment2218
 Y/602/1420DSE Risk Assessment2218
 D/601/9698Fire Safety Principles219
 H/601/9699Health and Safety in the Workplace2110
 D/602/4593Manual handling safety at work2210


All assessment criteria in this qualification are assessed by portfolio, internally set and marked and externally quality assured by IQ. Centres are encouraged to use the IQ Workbook; passing all of the questions and activities in the IQ Workbook will ensure that all of the assessment criteria have been met.

However, centres are permitted to use their own documentation/ assessment materials, provided this is agreed with the EV prior to the commencement of any assessment. A variety of assessment methods can be used including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay


An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge and competence is available to download from the IQ website. All assessment criteria of relevant units must be covered.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

Practice MCQs

As an additional resource package, IQ offers multiple choice question papers and mark schemes for Unit D/601/9698  Fire Safety Principles, which can be used as a classroom tool. These multiple choice questions are optional and cannot be used as part of the final summative assessment for the qualification, but they are an effective tool for interim/formative assessment.

If used by centres, the question papers should be marked internally. Centres can determine the conditions under which to test learners using the question papers. The multiple choice question papers and corresponding mark schemes can be downloaded from the website.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 or above.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must be sector competent and possess relevant experience/ qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety at Level 3 or above and should have appropriate teaching qualifications e.g. PTLLS, Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.

In addition all trainers delivering the fire safety principles unit must hold at least one of the following:

  • A verifiable history as a Local Authority Fire Officer supported with appropriate training
  • NEBOSH National Certificate
  • A recognised Level 3 or 4 Fire Safety qualification
  • A level 3 or 4 Health and Safety Qualification or equivalent plus attendance on a CPD event “Fire Safety Train the Trainer”
  • Demonstrable experience of working in Fire Safety and Fire Prevention roles

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



Downloadable Resources

  • From: Fire Safety Principles
    • Practice MCQ Questions 01 (protected)
    • Practice MCQ MS 01 (protected)
    • Practice MCQ Questions 02 (protected)
    • Practice MCQ MS 02 (protected)