First Aid at Work

This qualification is based on the HSE training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to attain the knowledge and 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 the first aider.

Intended audience

The qualification is designed for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide First Aid when dealing with an emergency situation.

Structure of the qualification

This qualification is comprised of two mandatory units with a total value of 3 credit with 24 guided learning hours*

*Minimum contact teaching hours apply to this qualification (to comply with HSE/Skills for Health guidance):

Initial training should be delivered in no less than 18 hours (3 days) excluding breaks. Requalification training should be delivered in no less than 12 hours (2 days) excluding breaks.

To attend a re-qualifying course, learners must produce a copy of a First Aid at Work Certificate that is either HSE approved or Ofqual/SQA regulated. This certificate must not have expired by more than 3 months.

On initial and requalification courses, all practical and theoretical assessments must be passed to gain the qualification.

Note – Whilst a first aider’s certificate has expired, that person will not be accepted as a workplace first aider under the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, so employers should be encouraged to requalify their first aiders early.

Learner outcomes

The QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) has two units that Learners are required to complete in order to achieve the qualification.

Emergency First Aid at Work

Managing Illness and Injury in the Workplace

  • Understand the role & responsibilities of a first aider.
  • Be able to assess an incident.
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.
  • Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking.
  • Be able to manage a casualty with external bleeding.
  • Be able to manage a casualty who is in shock.
  • Be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury.
  • Be able to conduct a secondary survey.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injury.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with a suspected chest injury.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with an eye injury.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning.
  • Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis.
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with suspected major illness.

Course cost

The 3 day First Aid at Work course is delivered in-house for clients nationwide at a time to suit you. The cost of this, inclusive of learner resources, handouts, First Aid Made Easy books and certificates, is just £1500.00 for up to 12 people.

A Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work certificate, valid for 3 years, is issued on successful completion of this course.