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Course Overview

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 the 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 the award. In addition to this, it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.

Benefits you will gain:

  • High-quality study materials
  • Highfield’s comprehensive First Aid at Work book
  • Recognised Accredited Qualification.
  • Study in a friendly environment
  • Excellent customer support
  • Access to the e-learning course, which can replace one day of the 3-day first aid at work if required

Qualification

Highfield Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)

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Description

This qualification is specifically for those individuals who are to become a first-aider in the workplace. This three-day qualification meets the requirements of both the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982. This is the same qualification as the Red Cross and St Johns, preparing first aiders for both emergency and non-emergency situations.

What does the Qualification cover?

  • the roles and responsibilities of a first-aider
  • assessing an emergency safely
  • CPR and AED
  • administering first aid to a choking casualty
  • putting a casualty in the recovery position
  • dealing with shock, burns, scalds, bleeds and minor injuries

Method of Assessment:

Learners must complete:

  • 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 Assessment Pack.
  • 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.

Who is the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Course for?

This is the most common workplace first aid course in the country, which covers all of the major life-threatening scenarios. Low-risk industries should enrol where you are responsible for less than 100 people. Here are a few examples:

  • Construction
  • Hospitality including events
  • Factories
  • Warehouses where machinery is used
  • Security

Total Qualification Time

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 22 and of this 18 are guided learning hours. This aligns with the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) stipulated minimum contact hours for this qualification, excluding breaks, that should be for a minimum period of 18 hours over 3 days, and for requalification 12 hours over 2 days. These contact hours must be adhered to unless the learner meets requirements to complete an Assessment Only Requalification which has no minimum stipulation on contact hours.

The ‘Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications’ also states that this qualification can also be delivered over a maximum of a 10-week period, with the minimum duration of each training session being 2 hours.

Requirements

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.

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