Back to Courses

Working at Height

Course Code: C103

Level: 1
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Two days
When you'll study: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Choose A Start Date & Apply
About the course

When you complete this important working at height course at City College Plymouth, you’ll learn that it’s not just window cleaners, roof workers and tree surgeons who work at height. Office workers, teachers and librarians may need to reach a book on a high shelf or catering staff may need to reach a high cupboard to store kitchen equipment or access ingredients. Did you know a place is ‘at height’ if a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level? Do your employees know that they must use the equipment supplied properly, following any training and instructions? In October 2011, a local authority pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to ensure the safety of an employee working at height and with fragile surfaces. The council was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £5,667 in costs. In recent years falls from height accounted for 46 fatal accidents at work and around 3350 major injuries. They remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury still today. This course concentrates on what you really need to know for the type of work being done, for specific applications and work locations.

What you'll learn

We will cover all the key subject areas of how to work safely at height.On completion of the course you will:

  • be competent to work safely at height
  • develop a strong hazard awareness
  • have sound theoretical knowledge of using fall arrest equipment
  • have the ability to assess the risks and requirements needed for safely working at height.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


There are no exams.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to other construction courses at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.