Short Course

Off-site Safety Management

The Off-Site Safety Management course (managed and administered by the Royal Geographical Society) combined with BS8848, is a recognised standard for those undertaking national and international site visits in contexts such as school trips, outdoor activities, expeditions, and fieldwork.

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Why should you study a short course in Off-site Safety Management at QMU?

  • State of the art facilities
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff

Who is this course for?

The course will be appropriate for those working in a range of different situations where they are responsible for taking children/young people/adults out of their everyday environments (eg on geography or environmental field trips, on sporting away events, on organised activities).

This is a national course and is the gold standard for health and safety for those undertaking on and offsite activities, including those undertaking international fieldwork and visits. There is a national demand for the course as it is recognised as a qualification in court should an incident occur, and if the organisation can demonstrate having followed the British Standard in terms of its procedures. The scheme is designed for adults working with both young people and adults where they will be required to plan, manage and evaluate off-site safety policies, procedures and activities. It will be particularly appropriate for teachers, lecturers, trainers and youth workers who are seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in off-site safety management. It is also relevant to those who work in organisations seeking compliance with the British Standard, BS 8848: the specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities, outside the United Kingdom.

Off-site Safety Management: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

The course aims to equip attendees with the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills in a range of contexts.

The Off-Site Safety Management course (OSSM) was designed in response to concerns about safety in off-site activities. It addresses the content of legislation in this area an provides an opportunity for attendees to explore the application of the legislation in practical situations.

By the end of the course what will I be able to do?

On completion of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of off-site safety management procedures and the ability to apply this to a range of different contexts;
  • develop ability to plan, manage and evaluate off-site activities in order to ensure the safety of the participants;
  • develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and which can be adapted to meet different circumstances; and
  • encourage further study and promote the value of continuing professional development.

How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

The course consists of 3 hours of independent pre reading, participation in a 2-hour online lecture, and attendance at QMU for one full day for a mix of lectures, seminars and group work.

How long does the course last for and how much time will I need to spend on it each week?

The course is a 15 hour course over two days.

Does the course have an assessment and if so what sort of assessment will it be?

There is no formal assessment, rather formative, ongoing assessment over the duration of the course. Our course covers all the content outlined in the OSSM course specification. As such, on successful completion of the course you will be issued with certificate from the Royal Geographical Society.

Who will be teaching me?

the course will be delivered by Dr Suzie Dick, Lecturer in Education and carnet holder, British Association of International Mountain Leaders.

Student support/access to facilities

For the duration of your course you will be able to make use of our on-campus learning resource centre as well as access to our full range of online resources, including e-books and academic journals.

You will also have limited, mainly online access, to Student Services support. Students with particular support requirements can contact the Disability Service.

As you will be studying with us for less than a full academic year you will not be provided with a personal academic tutor (PAT). However, any queries regarding your studies should be directed to the staff member leading the delivery of your course.

Off-site Safety Management: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course therefore each applicant must decide if the level of study is suitable for them.

English language requirements

This course is taught and assessed in English. Applicants do not need to provide proof of their English Language skills when applying for this course, but all applicants should consider whether they have sufficient English competence to study at this level. Applicants for this level of study would usually be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component score below 6.0




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Application deadline

For the 7 December start date, application is now closed.

For the April start date, the application deadline is 29 March 2024. 

Start date

The course will run on 22 & 23 April 

NB This course will run depending on numbers registered. Confirmation of commencement will be 4 weeks in advance of the start date.

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Course Overview

The course consists of 3 hours of independent pre reading, participation in a 2-hour online lecture, and attendance at QMU for one full day for a mix of lectures, seminars and group work.
2 days
Start Date
April 2024
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management