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    NEBOSH Additional Support for Exams Explained

    Wondering whether additional support or special considerations are available for NEBOSH Exams? NEBOSH and RRC have a duty to ensure all candidates can take their assessments in a way most appropriate to their personal needs. We do that by making access or Reasonable Adjustments (RA) before an exam. Or alternatively, we ask NEBOSH to grant Special Consideration (SC) to assessment results. For more information, here is the NEBOSH Policy on access arrangements: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/policies-and-procedures/policy-and-procedures-for-access-arrangements-reasonable/ Reasonable Adjustments (RA) If candidates are aware of factors that will affect their performance during exams, RRC can apply for Reasonable Adjustments on their behalf. Any adjustments are agreed before the assessment takes place. Candidates must inform RRC at…

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    Hints and Tips to Gain a Good Mark for NEBOSH Environmental Diploma Project

    In this post I thought that we could look at some good practices with regards to the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management project (known as NDEM2). For this assessment NEBOSH require you to review and critic an organisations environmental management system (EMS). The assignment is required to be approximately 8000 words and must be submitted to NEBOSH electronically. The pass mark is 50%. The Guide Although what NEBOSH requires sounds relatively straight forward to interpret, in practice there is a very specific format with regards to issues that are required to be covered. Therefore, one of the first things you MUST do is to download and thoroughly read the NDEM2 assignment…

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    Cheats Never Prosper

    Firstly I must put this in context. Cheating, or as NEBOSH call it “Malpractice”, in RRC exams is rare with around 4-5 incidents per year, under 0.2% of those taking exams.  What does however, continually, surprise us is the effort and ingenuity the few cheaters put into trying to cheat – and that they think they will get away with it. Very occasionally the more imaginative can fool the exam supervisors but NEBOSH’s own checks and controls will flag up potential “Malpractice” and inevitably the perpetrators get caught. NEBOSH are very strict on those caught cheating, disqualifying them from the exam and then banning them from sitting exams for 3-5…

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    It is Not What You’re Asked, it’s The Way That You’re Asked it

    It is Not What You’re Asked, it’s The Way That You’re Asked it When did you last sit an exam? For many of us it was years ago – perhaps at school, or university. How did you get on? What did you think of the questions? Too technical? Too long? Wanted too much detail? You thought you knew the subject pretty well, but were stumped by some of the things being asked? It’s pretty scary even remembering it, isn’t it? And you may experience it all over again when you face your NEBOSH General Certificate exams. It doesn’t really matter where we are exposed (there’s a good health and safety…

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    Identifying Environmental Aspects and Impacts

    Identifying Environmental Aspects and Impacts – Race to The Finish Seven years ago I competed in my first marathon it was hard – very hard. As everyone always says, in the last six miles of the race you hit a wall, and a very well built and extremely big wall it was, too! Something that feels very much like the last few miles of a marathon and which causes students a lot of pain is assessing environmental aspects and impacts – as  covered in Unit 1, Element 3 of the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management: ‘Control Strategies for Environmental Risk’. Often, when I am delivering courses or marking assignments, I…

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    The NEBOSH Unit D Assignment

    The NEBOSH Diploma Unit D Assignment Personally, I feel that this is one of the most important parts of the diploma assessment. Whereas the exams test knowledge of the theory, Unit D checks that you can put that theory into practice. Unit D is intended as a formative assignment, so should be completed alongside the other units. Therefore, it is essential that you engage with your tutor at an early stage to ensure that your work is heading in the right direction. In my experience, those who contact their tutor several times as their report develops normally do well, whereas those who don’t bother, or leave it close to the…

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    The Diploma Exams

    The NEBOSH Diploma Exams ‘Three hours of mental torture’ – this is how one of my students once described the diploma exams. She was wrong – its actually NINE hours! This post gives some advice to help you avoid feeling the same way and dispels some common myths. Those who may have read my previous posts will not be surprised when I say that preparation is the key. Not only must you revise well (see my third post in this series) but you should know basic things like how many questions you need to answer (believe me, some don’t); you can then start to develop your plan of attack. Settling…

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    The NEBOSH Certificate Practical Assessment

    The NEBOSH Certificate Practical Assessment The final element of the certificate assessment requires the candidate to carry out a workplace inspection and write a short report to management. This is to test that the knowledge gained during the course can be applied in practice. Candidates don’t normally fail this part through want of knowledge; the reason candidates fail is often because they haven’t read the guidance, leading to silly, avoidable errors. RRC has produced comprehensive guidance on how to complete the practical assessment. This is really helpful for distance learners, who do not have the benefit of being able to discuss things with a tutor face-to-face. However, experience has shown…

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    NEBOSH Certificate Exams

    NEBOSH Certificate Exams In the previous post, I focused on general revision techniques and gave tips on revision. This post is about how to tackle the exams themselves. The first thing to realise about the certificate exams is that they test a breath of knowledge across the syllabus without going into too much depth. The material in your course books will therefore be more than enough to enable you to pass well; failures usually arise through poor preparation and poor exam technique. Let’s start with the basics. The exams are both two hours long. You must answer all 11 questions on each paper. Question 1 is worth 20 marks; the…