Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Safety Management

Qualification code: 90181
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 118634
APS/AS: 50
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide a formal qualification for individuals who are interested in pursuing a specialized career in safety management and related aspects by connecting knowledge and skills related to advanced risk and incident management. The curriculum integrates knowledge and practical application by utilizing simulated work environment examples. This ensures that students are able to apply the concepts of toxicology, manufacturing and process safety and advanced safety auditing at a practical level in preparation for possible postgraduate study in the field of safety management. Students will be knowledgeable in the main theories relating to construction and mining safety, emergency planning and safety systems to ensure that they can apply this knowledge in an ethical manner that takes human behaviour into account. This advanced diploma also integrates the principles of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship as an approach to safety project management. The curriculum is designed to provide entry-level vocational preparation for Bachelor's Degree graduates or diplomates by offering an intensive, focused and applied specialization that meets the requirements of professional bodies and industry in the safety management field.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level