Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

SQA Qualification Code: GN27 58
Qualifications Wales Code: C00/1228/4
Ofqual code: 603/2503/3
Total qualification time: 29 hours
Guided learning hours: 21
Credit value: 3

This qualification will develop knowledge and skills in health and safety in a construction environment.

It may be available through employers, training providers or colleges in England and Wales.

This is an updated qualification that has been developed to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the industry. 

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who have no prior experience of health and safety in a construction environment.

Its primary purpose is to develop the learner’s occupational competence as a labourer so that they can gain employment or work towards another qualification (see Progression).

This qualification delivers the underpinning knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard for the role and so provides a sound basis for working in the industry.


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • preparing learners to progress to another qualification
  • meeting relevant programmes of learning


This qualification is supported by CSCS — the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme provides a registration card scheme for those involved in construction. The scheme is acknowledged by industry and recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a knowledge-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of three credits. They must complete one mandatory unit from the qualification structure (see Qualification content and delivery tools).

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners with no prior experience
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • school leavers
  • adults returning to education

There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.


This qualification is mainly taken by individuals seeking employment as a labourer.


Learners may progress from the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment to a range of qualifications at Level 2 and above, including Operative and Craft Certificates and Diplomas.

The Award can lead to employment within the construction industry.

What approvals are needed?

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Delivering staff must have occupational experience within the construction sector and have experience of the Health & Safety requirements of this qualification. If an assessor is in possession of CSCS or has previously delivered the CSCS training, this is acceptable.

Delivering staff must have a clear understanding of the assessment requirements of this qualification and its specific unit assessment demands.

A construction related Health & Safety Qualification is required along with appropriate CPD.e.g NEBOSH, IOSH, CCNS Safety Passport, CIEH.

N.B. the qualifications named above are examples of acceptable qualifications, evidence of CPD of the qualification in also required.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools


Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete one mandatory unit (credit value 3).

Please refer to the qualification structure (55 KB) for more information.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Regulated Qualifications unit search.

How to assess

The Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

The Unit requires the candidate to pass an online assessment via SOLAR.

For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

Learner portfolio


This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The operational end-date for this qualification is 30/11/2017

The certification end-date for this qualification is 31/05/2018

Group Award code: GJ3W 58 (4 QCF credit points)

Ofqual code: 601/2886/0

The Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment at level 1 consists of one mandatory Unit (4 QCF credit points).

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

How to assess

Learner portfolio

Internal Assessment Reports