Qualification overview and objective The objective of this qualification is to allow learners to develop their knowledge and skills in basic life support to meet the needs of their role in work, or another setting, and allows progression into further first aid training. It is recommended for first-aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.
Learners gaining this qualification will know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation form an essential part of the chain of survival. The topics covered are regarded by Skills for Health as being important in maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation. The qualification means learners should be able to safely and effectively use an automated external defibrillation machine.
In line with industry guidance, after 3 years it is recommended that they sit the course again.
Entry requirements There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification however learners are advised to have a minimum of level 1 literacy.
There is no specific age restriction for this qualification however centres must assess the suitability of learners on completing the course and ensure they are able to effectively perform CPR prior to registration.
Guidance on assessment
1] Practical observation
The practical assessment is completed throughout the course delivery. This ongoing assessment requires learners to demonstrate practical first aid skills. The practical assessment will be recorded using the practical matrix within the Instructors Assessment Pack.
2] Centre-marked multiple-choice theory assessment
Learners are required to answer a series of questions contained within theory question papers. Oral questioning may be used. In this case, the assessor should document the responses within the assessment pack.
Learners must achieve a pass in each element to pass the qualification.
Progression opportunities On successful completion of this qualification, learners may wish to continue their development by undertaking one of the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)
- Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)
- Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF)
- Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)