A basic first aid course, covering life-threatening emergencies for individuals who wish to act as an emergency first aider in their workplace. This course is suitable for new learners AND those needing to revalidate a previous qualification. Duration: 1 day course (6.5 contact hours excluding breaks) Qualification title: Level 3 (Level 6 Scotland) Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) Accreditation: Qualsafe Awards (RQF) Certification: Valid for 3 years
- Learners must be at least 14 years of age.
- The role of a first aider can be physically demanding - we would normally expect learners to be fit and well enough to kneel, bend and work on the floor.
- To pass this course you MUST be able to meet all the standards for assessment. This includes CPR, which must be performed on a manikin on the floor.
- There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we recommend that learners have a basic level of skill in Literacy and Numeracy.
You will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give safe, prompt and effective first aid in a range of emergency situations. This course is based on adult casualties.
The content of this course is set out by the First Aid Awarding Organisations Forum (FAAOF) in line with HSE requirements and current guidance on accepted first aid protocols as defined by the Resuscitation Council UK and other responsible bodies of medical opinion.
- The role & responsibilities of an emergency first aider
- Assessing an incident
- Managing an unresponsive casualty
- CPR and defibrillation (AED)
- Recovery Position
- Wounds and bleeding
- Minor injuries e.g cuts & grazes, bruises, burns and scalds, nosebleeds, splinters
This qualification is designed for anyone with a specific responsibility at work or in voluntary and community activities to provide basic first aid in a range of emergency situations.
Successful completion of the course will enable you to act as emergency first aiders in the workplace under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 as it covers your legal responsibilities as governed by HSE guidelines. It is ideal for smaller workplaces presenting a lower risk hazard, where a First Aid Needs Assessment has identified that an Emergency First Aider is required.
For those wishing to learn basic first aid skills for use with friends and family, we recommend the Level 2 First Aid Essentials course however, first aid is a transferable skill, and this course is also suitable as an introduction to basic first aid.
Delivery & Assessment
This course is delivered using direct teaching methods, instructional videos, practical demonstrations, group discussion, peer assessment and feedback, as well as scenario-based activities.
You must attend all teaching hours and complete all assessments to pass this course.
A range of formal and informal assessment techniques are used by the trainer throughout the learning process to measure learner knowledge, skills and understanding. This includes observation of your practical skills and a short written assessment paper. You will be fully supported through all aspects of the assessment process and written assessments can be scribed if necessary.
Practical assessments for this qualification include:
- Adult resuscitation (CPR and AED)
- Recovery position
- Management of choking
- Wounds and bandaging
- Treatment of hypovolaemic shock
Certificates are valid for 3 years and first aiders must retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date in order to remain qualified. Once expired, you are no longer able to act as an emergency first aider in your workplace.
It is important that no learner is denied the chance to attend a first aid training course due to a disability. We aim to make sure all learners have fair access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and practical competence, regardless of special educational needs, disabilities, temporary illness or injury or other adverse circumstances outside their control.
Our trainers are all experienced teachers with a background in support for learning. With a view to removing barriers which prevent learners from accessing training or undertaking assessments, the standards for delivery of regulated first aid qualifications allow us to make reasonable adjustments where this is appropriate.
These may include:
- use of coloured overlays
- use of visual aids
- use of large print resources
- use of subtitles
- reading questions to learners
- scribing learner answers
- allowing extra time
It is possible for hearing or visually impaired learners to successfully undertake first aid training and assessment. Where necessary we would adapt skills assessments to include use of ‘other’ senses. Some learners may also require additional support e.g a sign language interpreter or a support dog.
This course will be delivered in English. Learners with English as an additional language can make use of a dictionary or other means of translation to support their understanding.
To gain certification in this first aid qualification learners will need to demonstrate competence in the required practical skills, which include:
- CPR & AED – this must be demonstrated at least once on the floor for 2 continuous minutes without help from a third party
- Recovery position – this must be performed safely and effectively but does not necessarily involve kneeling on the floor
- Wounds and bleeding – this must include applying pressure to a wound and application of a dressing/bandage without assistance from a third party except for the ‘casualty’
- Other assessments e.g choking management – this must be demonstrated safely and effectively in line with the assessment criteria
If you think you might need some additional support to access any part of the course or assessment, please let us know at the point of booking. We will then get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and any permitted reasonable adjustments will be managed as sensitively and confidentially as possible.
Reasonable adjustments may require additional time and incur additional costs to the learner.
Reasonable adjustments can only be made where they don’t cause unreasonable expense, impact the wellbeing or other learners, or affect the integrity of the assessments.
It is not always possible to make reasonable adjustments, for example, where a learner is unable to meet the requirements of a qualification necessary for an employer to fulfil their obligations under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. An example of this would be a learner being unable to perform CPR on a manikin on the floor as in a real situation the casualty is highly likely to fall to the ground. In this case we would issue an attendance certificate outlining specific achievements on the course