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IQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/3480/X
Title IQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Safety
Operational Start Date 09/06/2014
Operational End Date 31/12/2016
Total Units 1 Min Credit 1
Min Guided Learning Hours 6 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 14 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £9.50

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

A Purpose Statement can be found here

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work (QCF) is a knowledge-based qualification for individuals who wish to gain formal recognition of their knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace. As it is knowledge-based, there is no requirement for learners to have access to a workplace. By completing the single mandatory unit, all learners will cover the importance of health, safety and welfare standards, how hazards and risks are controlled, the main causes and effects of poor health and safety and how health and safety information is communicated in the context of the workplace. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace


Learners who have achieved the IQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work (QCF) can progress to a range of employability qualifications, because the single unit “Introduction to health and safety for people at work” is common to them. These include:

The Level 1 Award in Employability (QCF)

The Level 1 Certificate in Employability (QCF)

The Level 2 Award in Employability (QCF)

The Level 2 Certificate in Employability (QCF)

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 the IQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work (QCF), learners must achieve 1 credit from the single mandatory unit.

IQ Level 1 Award in Health and Safety at Work (QCF)
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:1
 Minimum Credits:1
 T/601/8007Introduction to health and safety for people at work116


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. These can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

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


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 this qualification, 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 entry level 3 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must be sector competent and possess relevant experience/qualifications in Health and Safety at Level 2 or above and should have appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS.

Centre Requirements

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



Downloadable Resources