QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF)

QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid

Qualification 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. QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF) is registered on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) regulated by Ofqual.

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 2 credits with 20 guided learning hours* (see further information below). The unit details can be found on Appendix 1.

*Guided learning hours are provided as a guide to the estimated hours an average Learner would study to gain the unit. This does not have to be face to face instructional time and can include self directed study at home, such as reading course handouts and further self study. We recommend that the minimum face to face time that the QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF) should be delivered in is 12 hours contact teaching (excludes breaks).

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 whilst undertaking activities, such as sports, swimming, hiking, rock climbing, etc.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but in order to benefit from the learning, Learners should possess communication skills sufficient to allow them to address the assessment requirements of the qualification.

Requalification Requirements

This Award in Activity First Aid is only valid for a period of 3 years, within which time the Learner will need to re-take the course and the assessment in order to remain qualified.

Relationship with Other Qualifications

QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF) contains 2 units that appear in a number of qualifications offered by other awarding organisations. Therefore the unit achieved in this qualification can be transferred to these qualifications. Please see Section 4.4 for details of qualifications which could be used under Recognition of Prior Learning.


Whilst there are no specific routes of progression, Learners who achieve the QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF) could be used to aid progression in the sports and recreational activities industries, etc.

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