This qualification forms part of the QA First Aid suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:
- Resuscitation Council (UK)
- Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications
This QA qualification is:
- For people who deal with emergency first aid at work enabling them to be workplace emergency first aiders under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
- Based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide basic first aid to people in a range of emergency first aid situations.
This qualification should enable Learners to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations.
Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of first aider.
Learners must be at least 14 years old on the first day of the training.
- Aims of first aid
- Priorities of treatment
- Recognition & treatment
- C.P.R (cardio pulmonary resuscitation)
- Understanding and using a AED
- Understanding defibrillation resuscitation council UK guidelines
- Blood loss & treatment
- Catastrophic bleeding & haemostatic dressings & Tourniquets
- Different Types of Shock
- Burns & scalds
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Heart Attacks
- Medical conditions
- Recording & reporting of accidents
- HSE Regulations
- First aid kits
The QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) skills and knowledge should be taught and assessed in accordance with currently accepted first aid practice in the UK.
Observed by the Trainer throughout the course, with the results of each learning outcome recorded on the practical assessment paperwork.
There are 5 practical assessments for this qualification:
- CPR and safe use of an AED
- Unconscious casualty
- Wounds, bleeding and shock, plus – Catastrophic bleeding
- Secondary survey
- Management of fractures
There is 1 paper per unit for each Learner and Learners should answer all the questions under ‘examination’ conditions.
- The minimum mark is 14 out of 20 for Unit 1 -30 minutes is the maximum time allowed to complete assessment paper.
- The minimum mark is 18 out of 25 for Unit 2 – 40 minutes is the maximum time allowed to complete assessment paper.
In order to be considered for an overall ‘Pass’. However, even when a Learner achieves this minimum, Trainers are expected to make a professional judgement as to whether that Learner has achieved all the assessment criteria. Trainers should use all assessment evidence available, including formative and practical assessments, to reach this judgement.
Certification: Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a QCF accredited certificate.