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SCQF Level 10 is considered to be comparable to Honours Degree standard. Why arenít NEBOSH Diplomas called degrees?

NEBOSH is an awarding body approved to offer vocational qualifications.  Only institutions with degree-awarding powers such as universities may offer degrees.


The allocation of a qualification ‘level’ is based on the standard, challenge or difficulty of the learning.  Using “Qualifications can cross Boundaries”, SCQF Level 10 is comparable to Level 6 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Honours Degree standard. 

In other words, the level of challenge of a NEBOSH Diploma qualification rated at SCQF Level 10 is considered to be comparable to Honours Degree standard.


The term ‘credit’ refers to the length or size of the qualification, the amount of time that it would take a typical learner to complete the qualification or learning programme.  A UK degree typically takes three years of full-time study, approximately 360 FHEQ credits (3600 hours of learning time) in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).  Further information on credit in Higher Education can be found here: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuringstandardsandquality/academic-credit/Pages/default.aspx

The total tuition time of (for example) the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety) is 243 taught hours with 225 hours of private study and 9 hours of assessment time (477 hours or 48 SCQF credits), much less than a degree.  A NEBOSH FAQ regarding SCQF levels and credit can be found here: http://www.nebosh.org.uk/FAQ/default_faqanswers.asp?f=12

The SCQF level and credit ratings of NEBOSH Diploma qualifications can be found here:


For these reasons, NEBOSH does not (and would not be permitted) to state that a NEBOSH Diploma qualification is the direct equivalent of a 3 year full-time university degree.

For further information on how to use the “Qualifications can cross boundaries” chart see the FAQ here: “How should the ‘Qualifications can cross Boundaries’ leaflet be used. https://www.nebosh.org.uk/FAQ/default_faqanswers.asp?f=144