QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
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.
Aim of Qualification
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.
Structure of the Qualification
This qualification is comprised of two mandatory units with a total value of 3 credits and 24 guided learning hours* (see further information below). Full details of these units can be found on Appendix 1.
*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 requalifying 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 and only if the candidate has undertaken Annual Refresher Training at any point in their 3 year certification period. If Annual Refresher Training has not been undertaken then a requalification training course can only be taken if the candidates certificate expired within the last calendar month.
On initial and requalification courses, all practical and theoretical assessments must be passed to gain the qualification.
Note – When 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.
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.
There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning, learners should possess communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.
This QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work is valid for a period of 3 years, within which time the learner will need to re-take the course and the assessments in order to remain qualified (please refer to 1.1 above for further details).
Relationship with Other Related Qualifications
Unit 1 of the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) also appears in the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work offered by ourselves and other awarding organisations. Therefore, learners who have achieved Unit 1 (Emergency First Aid in the Workplace) can use this under Recognition of Prior Learning towards the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work, providing they take the assessments for Unit 2 within 10 weeks of achieving Unit 1 due to the expiration of these certificates.
The QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) cannot be used towards any other qualifications. The underlying units are restricted to being used for the following qualifications offered by ourselves and other awarding organisations:
- Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
- Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work