About Safe Learner

Are your students Safe Learners?

It is imperative that, prior to their work placement, students undertake some form of formal health and safety training to ensure they are at minimal risk of injuring themselves or others in the workplace. Safe Learner fulfills this requirement.

Watch this video about Safe Learner.

The Safe Learner e-learning resource, endorsed by Edexcel, covers the underpinning knowledge of the BTEC Level 2 Award in Safe Learning in the Workplace. It is also a valuable teaching and learning resource for the health and safety content in BTEC and other vocational programmes.

See below for details about how Safe Learner compliments the Edexcel qualification.

The learning materials

Customising your friend.

The learner begins by creating a friend that they must protect as they work through a series of tasks. Each of the tasks introduces the user to relevant learning materials. On completion of the tasks they will have covered all the health and safety concepts.

Each section of the materials include illustrations, photos and interactive exercises to teach the health and safety theory. At the end of each section are some self assessment questions to help reinforce the learning.

All the content within the learning materials has audio narration. This enables the learner to listen to the theory being read to them or they can choose to turn the audio off and work through the materials at their own pace.

For more details about the learning materials, visit our Overview page and take a look at our fully-functional overview.

Progress tracking

Progress tracking.

All work is tracked and recorded so that tutors or mentors can quickly see how each learner is progressing through the tasks and learning materials.

The progress through each section, performance in the self assessment questions, a report on each task and a log of access times is collated for each learner as well as an overview of all users.


A hazard spotting task.

Viewing the tasks and learning materials requires a broadband web connection, a web browser (Internet Explorer 7, Firefox version 2, or above), Adobe Flash Player version 8 or above and a screen with a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.

We would also recommend speakers or headphones to listen to the narration of the learning materials.

Edexcel BTEC Safe Learning in the Workplace (Level 2)

The Safe Learner learning materials are the perfect teaching materials to enable your learners to complete the BTEC Safe Learning in the Workplace. The materials are designed to completely cover the content of the level 2 award.

Once learners have worked through the Safe Learner materials they can go on to attempt the BTEC Level 2 Award which is assessed via an onscreen test.

Gaining the BTEC L2 Award in Safe Learning in the Workplace prepares students to safely undertake their work placement and is an essential accompaniment to all vocational programmes.

    View the Workskills
    from Edexcel brochure.
  • Flexible, bite-size, 30 guided learning hours qualification
  • Assessed solely by onscreen test
  • Can be delivered in a variety of models, including as Additional Learning within forthcoming 14-19 Diplomas
  • NQF accredited and fully covers ENTO standards
  • Contributes to Every Child Matters agenda

Safe Learner is a component of the Workskills Suite from Edexcel
(visit Edexcel Workskills website)

For more information visit the Edexcel Safe Learner pages or the Edexcel website

Subjects covered in
Safe Learner

Confined spaces
First Aid
Hazardous substances
Manual handling
Personal Hygiene
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Safety
Pressure systems
Risk Assessment
Safety signs
Slips, trips and falls

“The safe learner concept was introduced by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in 2002. It describes a situation where an individual has learnt the importance of health and safety, understands how hazards are identified, assessed and controlled, and has developed a set of safe behaviours and transferable skills.

All LSC-funded organisations are expected to promote the safe learner concept.”
LSC, Safe Learner Concept

“The government should tackle death and serious injury among teenagers at work by making a workplace hazards awareness course a mandatory part of the school curriculum, says an action plan published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.”
The Guardian Society, 7 March 2007


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