Qualification overview and objective
The objective of this qualification is to support learners in becoming first aiders in the workplace. The content of the qualification meets the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requirements for training first aiders in those organisations that have identified that staff need to be trained to this level within their first-aid needs assessment.
The qualification covers knowledge such as the roles and responsibilities of the first aider, how to assess an incident and recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness. The qualification also covers first aid skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and assisting a casualty who is suffering from major injury and illness such as chest injuries, spinal injuries and anaphylaxis.
In line with guidance provided by the HSE, the qualification supports/approves workplace first aiders for a period of 3 years, after which point learners will need to retake the course. Therefore, the qualification is valid for three years from the date of award. In addition to this, it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.
We recommend learners are a minimum of 14 years of age. However, centres will need to assure themselves that learners, whatever their age, are physically capable of completing the practical assessment.
It is also advised that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in English.
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 First Aid Response
- Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid
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