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Professional Risk and Safety Management (Degree Apprenticeship) MSc

Key details

Start date October 2019
Duration 3 years full-time
Attendance Full-time degree apprenticeship via blended learning
Fees See the entry requirements and fees tab
Course leader Hasan Erdogan

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Overview

This degree apprenticeship has been specifically designed to enable the apprentice to develop the knowledge, skills, professional behaviours and values required by the nationally approved MSc Apprenticeship Standard in Risk and Safety.

As a degree apprentice, they are an employee earning a wage (at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage) usually working at least 30 hours per week. They are also a full-time student at Middlesex University with the same access and entitlements to services and support as they undertake their degree.

Once they successfully complete their degree apprenticeship, they will have met the Apprenticeship Standard and be recognised as being fully competent to carry out the role of a risk and safety professional. This programme also includes the opportunity to gain professional status as all apprenticeships in England are required to include professional recognition where available.

  • Qualifications

    The apprentice will have the opportunity to gain professional status and upon successful completion of their masters apprenticeship they will have gained:

    • A Middlesex University degree in:
      • MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental
        or
      • MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Well-being Management
    • An Apprenticeship Certificate demonstrating that they have met the national Apprenticeship Standard for full occupational competence as risk and safety professional
    • Professional recognition/status: Graduate member of IOSH
  • Course highlights

    • The only Professional Risk and Safety Management (Degree Apprenticeship) MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental or MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Well-being Management in London and South East
    • Small class sizes allow for deeper discussion and personal attention which can enable the apprentice to thrive in their studies
    • Guest lecturers are invited to speak on areas of emerging importance
    • As a student of this course, the apprentice will receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Course content

This programme of study is very much designed to focus on developing the apprentice's skills in occupational health and safety, enabling assessment and evaluation of risks based on sound scientific and evidenced practice.

Assignments are built around practical exercises and outputs that the apprentice will need to provide in the field of work, including management reports and accident appraisals. The apprentice will develop an informed, critical and imaginative attitude towards professional practice and provide them with transferable skills and competence in their chosen field.

A critical component of the award is the development of their communication skills using a variety of media to specialist, senior executives and non-specialist persons on matters pertaining to occupational safety and health.

What skills will the apprentice gain?

As well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of the subject, the apprentice will also gain the ability to investigate occupational safety and health in a range of contexts and apply their knowledge of environmental health stressors to solve complex problems in the workplace.

They will be able to interpret data and design novel solutions to occupational safety and health issues, as well as inspections and compliance audits. The apprentice will also gain effective communication skills in occupational safety and health settings and develop research strategies and critical writing skills.

Modules

The apprentice will study the following compulsory modules which will take place in each term or across the whole year. The optional modules in Year 3 will allow the apprentice to focus on Environmental Management or Well-Being Management in more detail.

In order to gain the award title in Environmental Management or Well-Being Management, the apprentice's Professional Pratice project must focus on a topic related to this field. This project will operate within the employer workplace and the project scope will be co-developed between the employer and the university.

  • Year 1 modules

    • NEBOSH National General Certificate L4 (90 credits) - Compulsory

      This is an externally accredited award which provides a sound understanding of the principles of health safety and UK based health and safety law. It is used a foundation for a career in occupational health and safety.

      Find out more about this module

    • Philosophy and Leadership of Occupational Safety and Health Improvement (45 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to take an organisational and strategic view of management, leadership, partnership and policy for occupational health and safety together with key legal principles on which safety law is based. The apprentice will also explore differing approaches to safety management and the internal and external organisational drivers. They will acquire skills in risk assessment and risk management as well as accident investigation and safety improvement initiative.

    • Occupational Hygenie and Health (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will allow the apprentice to thoroughly appraise and evaluate the legal, theoretical and practical aspects of identifying, controlling and managing the risk presented by a range of workplace hazardous agents. They will also learn to integrate the concepts of healthy workplaces, and health and wellbeing into occupational health and safety practice.

    • Professional Practice (0 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables the apprentice to develop professional practice skills, reflect upon and learn from professional experience within the apprenticeship programme. It aims to link academic learning to their professional organisation and foster a strong linkage between theory, practice and reflexive practice.

  • Year 2 modules

    • Management of Work Place Safety (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management in the context of workplace, work environment and work equipment safety. The apprentice will be able to focus on risks arising from physical and organisational aspects of the workplace in a range of contexts and settings.

    • Health and Safety within High Risk Industries (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to enhance the apprentice's skills of inspection, testing and evaluation in respect of the physical and traumatic dangers presented by the nature and use of premises, plant, equipment and commonly occurring processes. They will also gain the skills to promote remedial and proactive risk management improvement strategies in high risk environments.

    • Advanced Professional Practice (0 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables the apprentice to develop professional practice skills, reflect upon and learn from professional experience within the apprenticeship programme. It aims to link academic learning to their  professional organisation and foster a strong linkage between theory, practice and reflexive practice.

  • Year 3 modules

    • Research Methodology and Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide the apprentice the organisational and management skills to administer an MSc research project. Management skills are supported by knowledge of experimental design, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, presentation skills and interactive computing skills. These skills will be applied in the completion of a practitioner based research including the developing of original and independent investigations aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to solve a practical problem at a relevant postgraduate level.

    • Factors affecting Risk and Strategic Risk Intervention (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the theory and application of risk management as it's applied at a strategic level from a multi-disciplinary, science-led perspective. The apprentice will explore frameworks that can be used to relate the functions of risk management and the actors that perform them to better understand the process of decision making and the factors which influence it.

    • Advanced Professional Practice (0 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables the apprentice to develop professional practice skills, reflect upon and learn from professional experience within the apprenticeship programme. It aims to link academic learning to their  professional organisation and foster a strong linkage between theory, practice and reflexive practice.

    • Environmental Assessment and Management * (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide critical insight into the role of environmental management within corporate responsibility, corporate sustainability and sustainable business. The apprentice will gain knowledge and critical insight into sustainability practices of pollution prevention. A particular focus on relevant environmental practitioner requirements in industry is provided. The apprentice will focus upon global environmental trends in sustainability, common pollutants and the systems that govern their control and management in the workplace while considering the governing policy and legal basis. Practitioner management techniques and methods are provided with the objective of developing competence in assessing and managing workplace environmental aspects to improve legal compliance and environmental performance.

    • Management of Health and Wellbeing ** (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide knowledge and insight into the assessment and intervention in workplace wellbeing and wider implications in societal wellbeing. The apprentice will focus on the interface between work and external stressors, impacts on mental health and stress, and practitioner mechanisms to reduce absenteeism, presenteeism, and excessive costs, as well as mechanisms to promote wellbeing and employee engagement at work. They will also explore the policy and legal basis for intervention.

* Compulsory module for MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental

** Compulsory module for MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Well-being Management

  • Teaching

    This is a professional programme and the apprentice will be taught via a work-integrated blended learning approach which will comprise the following:

    • Work based learning will consist of on the job development and application of skills, knowledge and professional behaviours. The apprentice’s progress will be monitored through regular tutorials with tutors and supervised in the work place by the apprentice’s Coach
    • Module workshops will be taught by professional practitioners and specialist staff introducing new relevant academic and professional content
    • Specialist workshops will be delivered face-to face and/or online
    • Contextualised work based projects where skills, knowledge and behaviour can be applied in a professional working environment
    • Online learning includes structured individual and/or group online learning activities and tasks that involves facilitated tutor and peer group feedback to support learning development.
  • Assessment

    The apprentice will be required to submit a range of evidence of work-integrated learning for assessment that reflect aspects of practice as a Senior Leader. This can include learning journals, portfolios, role playing, work-based projects, reports, professional development plans and a business transformation project.

    End-point Assessment

    All apprenticeships in England are required to include an End-point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is not integrated within the Risk and Safety Management Professional Degree Apprenticeship occupational safety and health masters and so is in addition to this programme.

    The specific requirements for EPA for this apprenticeship is detailed in the nationally approved End-point Assessment Plan.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Employers of apprentices will set their selection criteria for their candidates which should include evidence that applicants have capacity to work at level 6+ in preparation for the masters award track.

  • The normal requirement is a good honours degree, 2.2 or above or equivalent qualification in any discipline or Professional Diploma (level 6) e.g. NEBOSH or British Safety Council
  • Applicants are required to pass level 2 Functional Skills or attained at least a GCSE grade C in English and maths

Equivalent work based experience may be considered at the discretion of the programme team and employer and may require submission of a piece of work to demonstrate experience and readiness to study at level 6+. Employers who are considering candidates who do not have level 6 qualifications (as set out above) should discuss their suitability with the programme leader.

Fees

There is no cost to do a higher or degree apprenticeship for the apprentice/student. They will earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices but many companies pay more than this, particularly for higher and degree apprenticeships.

They could potentially earn upwards of £300* per week plus the employer and the government is required to pay the tuition fees, meaning the apprentice won't need a tuition fee loan.

*Information and statistics from GOV.UK

Careers

This degree apprenticeship produces graduates with a wide range of professional, graduate and transferable skills. Within the programme the apprentice is able to direct their learning to all aspects of professional practice so that on completion of the award they are able to offer employers broad knowledge and skills applied to practice. The award has been matched to the needs of a variety of stakeholders and in particular in relation to the strategic management and operational practice of the high reliability organisational sector.

The apprentice could then progress into a range of careers such as:

  • Safety and Health Officer/Practitioner in Local Authorities
  • Safety and Health Environmental Health Professional in the Private Sector e.g. travel companies, hotel chains, supermarkets, caterers or Safety and Health consultancy/auditors
  • Working for government agencies such as Health and Safety Executive
  • Working within non-governmental organisations

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