Course Summary:

This course is certified by Safe Hands First Aid Training Ltd and is based on the recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

Duration: 12 contact hours delivered over 2 days (or 4 half days)

Location: Client’s own premises

Pre-requisites: Learners must be at least 16 years of age.  The role of a first aider can be physically demanding, candidates are reminded that they must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline.

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per group 6 – 12


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Course Description:

As a place of work, schools are subject to the same HSE guidelines on workplace first aid provision as other businesses however, although it is strongly recommended that pupil numbers are taken into account when completing a first aid needs assessment, for the purposes of meeting due diligence, first aid provision need only legally be made for employees. This means that even though your establishment would usually be considered as a low risk environment, there may be significant gaps in your provision of first aid, especially for children. This course is recommended for teachers and school support staff to compliment any workplace first aid provision you may have in place*. Content is similar to that of the first aid at work syllabus but combines adult and child first aid theory.  Staff will learn how to deal with a wide range of first aid emergencies affecting children and adults, common in the school environment.   It is ideal to meet your requirements for excursions and residential trips.  At the end of the course, Learners will receive a certificate valid for 3 years and can count this training towards their continuing professional development.

*This course does not replace the HSE recommended EFAW & FAW courses for appointed persons.

Our Booking Options?

Which option you should choose when booking your course can be determined by a number of factors.  In general, group courses are most suitable for 6 or more people from the same organisation whereas open courses are designed for individuals.  Group courses require appropriate facilities at your own premises to allow training.

Read our advice on when to choose which option.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Action in an emergency
  • Unconscious casualty
  • CPR (adult & child)
  • Choking (adult & child)
  • Wounds, bleeding & shock
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Burns & scalds
  • Bone, muscle & joint injuries
  • Head & spinal injuries
  • Injuries to eyes, ears & nose
  • Poisons, bites & stings
  • Effects of heat & cold
  • Chronic medical conditions / sudden illness e.g asthma, meningitis, diabetes, heart attack

Delivery & Assessment:

This course is delivered over 12 contact hours through a combination of theoretical discussion, video, practical instruction and scenario based learning.  A range of informal assessment techniques are used by the trainer throughout the learning process to measure the Learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding.  Learners must attend all sessions to qualify for assessment.

Competency in the necessary life-saving skills is assessed through 6 practical assessments:

  • CPR adult
  • CPR child
  • Unconscious Casualty
  • Wounds, bleeding & shock
  • Choking
  • Management of fractures

There is also a theory assessment for this qualification which consists of 2 multiple choice question papers which must be taken under examination conditions.  The pass mark for both these assessments is 75% to be considered for an overall ‘pass’.

On successful completion of this course, Learners will receive a certificate which is valid for 3 years.  They must then retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date in order to remain qualified.  It is strongly recommended that Learners refresh their skills annually to avoid ‘first aid skill fade’.  We offer this additional course free when booking school first aid training.

Due to the practical nature of the course, Learners should wear appropriate clothing and footwear, e.g. trousers and flat shoes.


This course is designed for teaching and non-teaching staff in the school environment to give them a basic understanding of how to act in an emergency situation.  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.


We aim to make sure all Learners have access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their competence.  Please bear in mind that Learners will need to demonstrate certain practical skills without assistance from a third party.  In some circumstances, it may be possible for reasonable adjustments to be made, however this is always subject to approval by the Awarding Body.  Further information about this is documented in our Equal Opportunities and Accessibility policies.