Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF)

de-fibrillator-300Qualification Overview

This qualification, and the learning outcomes covered thereby, are based on the recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

Aim of Qualification

The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective CPR and use of an AED in emergency situations.

Structure of the Qualification


This qualification comprises 1 mandatory unit with a total value of 1 credit. Full details of this unit are in Appendix 1.

Each credit is equivalent to 10 hours learning time. Learning time consists of guided learning hours (GLH) and self-directed study. GLH are a measure of the contact time a typical Learner will require in direct guidance from a Trainer to complete their programme of learning successfully, which for this qualification should be
a minimum of 3 hours (excluding breaks) and a maximum of 5 GLH. Learners should be encouraged to do self-directed study. Self-directed study is a measure of the time a typical Learner will require away from the programme of learning such as reading course material/hand outs and researching information on the internet.

Learners must complete all assessments in the unit successfully to achieve the qualification. The maximum period to achieve this qualification, including any referrals is 3 weeks. 

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 and/or use an AED when dealing with an emergency situation.

Entry Requirements

We advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent. Learners must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the qualification.

Requalification Requirements

The QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF) is only valid for a period of 1 year, within which time the Learner will need to re-take the course and the assessment in order to remain qualified.

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