Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety - CQ26

Study the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety and equip yourself with professional skills to enhance your employability. Your studies will equip you with knowledge, skills and initiatives in the areas of occupational hygiene, workplace rehabilitation, ergonomics, safety and occupational health and safety (OHS) management.

Accredited with the Safety Institute of Australia, and taught by experienced course leaders, you will benefit from a practically oriented course with in-built real-world learning experiences so you graduate industry-ready.




SR:60 ATAR:60




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time




English (Units 3 and 4, C)


Senior English, Senior Maths, Senior Science or equivalent.



The Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety is designed to develop your expertise in the identification of occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards in the workplace.

Your studies will equip you with knowledge, skills and initiatives in the areas of occupational hygiene, workplace rehabilitation, ergonomics, safety and occupational health and safety management.

In addition, you will have the option to select from a wide variety of electives to suit your personal needs and interests.

Your training will include decision making, problem-solving and management skills that are highly desired by employers.

The course provides you with a variety of hands-on experiences, including participation in worksite visits and 120 hours of work placement, ensuring you graduate work ready.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to facilitate, educate and promote health and safety in the workplace.

Study the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety full-time or part-time, online and benefit from the flexibility to gain practical experience and earn while you learn.

Core Units 20 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units 4

Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 24 units, comprising 20 core units and four units from your chosen minor:

  • Environmental Management
  • Liberal Studies
  • Public Health

Unit information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Broad course options

Explore the range of OHS courses available at CQUniversity.

No matter your background, and level of experience, you will find an ideal OHS course to suit your learning needs and career aspirations. If you are interested in gaining vocational skills in OHS, the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or Diploma of Work Health Safety are ideal options for you.

The Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety covers safety science disciplines of ergonomics and human factors, accident forensics and OHS management.

The Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety is our most comprehensive OHS course covering a broad range of OHS areas including occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics and human factors, accident forensics and occupational health and safety management.

The Graduate Certificate in Fatigue Risk Management is ideal if you are a practitioner in OHS with an interest in fatigue management.

Alternatively, if you are seeking an advanced understanding of OHS, then the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety will be of interest.

Career focussed

You will complete project-based, authentic and industry-relevant assessment tasks giving you opportunities to practically apply your learning. Your assessments and the unit tasks ensure that you graduate with relevant skills and knowledge to be an effective and competent OHS professional.  

Real-world opportunities

Within the Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, you will complete a capstone project that incorporates 120 hours of practical experience in your final term of study. Through this experience, you will practically apply the discipline knowledge and skills that you have developed throughout your course to the scenarios you are exposed to.

Professional accreditation

Our professionally accredited courses offer you relevant skills and knowledge that meet industry needs. The Safety Institute of Australia recognises the below courses as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Professional Membership when they are supported by the appropriate years of service.

  • Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online

Some units may be delivered by a combination of on-campus study, workshops, residential schools and online study.

Environmental Management4
Liberal Studies4

This minor has been designed to support credit, articulation agreements and transition arrangements. Students cannot opt-in to complete the Liberal Studies minor. Please contact Course Advice for further information.

Public Health4

Choose a minor to suit you

Benefit from a choice of minors to tailor your studies to suit your career goals or learning interests. Discover more about each minor below, what you will learn and where it can take you.

Environmental Management Minor

In this minor, you will explore modern environmental issues, in particular how scientific methods and knowledge inform issues of environmental concern and examine environmental management systems that operate in Australia and other countries. You'll also gain practical skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make electronic maps and analyse geographical data.

Liberal Studies Minor

Benefit from the flexibility to choose four units from across all university offerings, subject to approval by the Head of Course. The Course Advice Team will assist you in building your study plan with units at the appropriate AQF level.

Public Health Minor

If you have an interest in public health and environmental health, this minor is an ideal option. You will have a choice of units covering areas of practice such as health promotion and environmental health. Explore environmental impacts on human health, such as safe drinking water, safe food, and clean air to improve health, and prevent injury and disease. These skills are sought after in government roles, overseas aid as well as private industry.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Future Paradigms in OHS BOCHS13021Students are required to complete 120 hours of work placement throughout the course.
There are 3 core units with a compulsory residential school for all students. These are: OCHS12002 OHS Practice; OCHS13020 Future Paradigms in OHS A; and OCHS13021 Future Paradigms in OHS B. There may be additional requirements for residential schools within minor studies. Students should confirm these through the Handbook.

Rank Threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Domestic - While there are no course pre-requisites, Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended. Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake one of the following access courses:

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
  • Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)

The Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety is your gateway into many professions within the workplace health and safety industry. On completion you will be qualified to work in areas such as:

  • ergonomics
  • industrial safety
  • occupational hygiene
  • risk management.

Employment opportunities may also exist within:

  • primary industry
  • rural safety
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • services industry
  • employer associations
  • the defence force
  • health industry
  • government authorities.
Learned Society: Core
Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board
CQ26 Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.
2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,734.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

TasmaniaONL: 150471
Northern TerritoryONL: 150471
New South WalesONL: 160471
VictoriaONL: 150471
South AustraliaONL: 150471
Western AustraliaONL: 150471
QueenslandONL: 850465

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
All other states Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
Apply direct



The thing I enjoyed the most about studying at CQUniversity were the lecturers; they were always very helpful. I also don't feel as though I'm disadvantaged by studying via distance.

Shari Winter

Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety