First Aid Courses

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework requires all early years providers in England to have at least one person who has a current and full paediatric first aid certificate on the premises and available at all times when children are present. Providers should also take into account the number of children, staff and layout of the premises and increase their paediatric first aid provision accordingly to ensure that a paediatric first aider is available to respond to emergencies quickly.

Intended Audience

The QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) has been specifically designed to meet the criteria set by the Department for Education’s EYFS Framework and is ideal for:

  • Those who have gained a level 2 and/or level 3 childcare qualification and have entered into an early years setting and wish to be included in the staff to child ratios to comply with EYFS requirements.
  • Registered childminders and assistants who are required to hold a current and full paediatric first aid certificate in order to comply with the EYFS requirements.
  • Anyone who has a non-professional involvement with infants and children, such as parents, grandparents and want to learn key paediatric first aid skills.

Newly qualified entrants to an early years setting who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30th June 2016, must also have either a full paediatric first aid or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate within three months of starting work.


Course Overview

Over a 2 day period, Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of paediatric first aid situations, including: assessing an emergency situation, dealing with an unresponsive infant or child, CPR, choking, meningitis, head and spinal injuries, anaphylaxis, asthma and more. For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification

Key Facts

QAN Number: 603/0785/7

Ofqual regulated? Yes

Number of Units: 2 mandatory units

Contact Learning Hours (CLH): 12 minimum

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 16

Credit Value: 2

Assessment: 6 x Practical assessments, 2 x Theory assessments (Multiple Choice Question Papers) and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.

Qualification Valid For: 3 years

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HSE guidelines state that employers should ensure their first aiders remain competent to perform their role. As such, it is strongly recommended that first aiders undertake annual refresher training to practise their skills and update their knowledge on the latest first aid procedures.

Intended Audience

The First Aid at Work Annual Refresher (QAR) qualification is specifically designed to allow qualified first aiders to update their first aid skills yearly, until requalification training is required.

Course Overview

Over a half day period, Learners will leave with a renewed confidence having had the opportunity to practise essential first aid procedures, including: managing an unresponsive casualty, CPR, wounds and bleeding, shock and more. For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification.

Key Facts

Number of Units: 1 mandatory unit

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 3

Assessment: 3 x Practical assessments and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.

Qualification Valid For: Recommended annually until first aid requalification training is required

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This regulated and nationally recognised qualification provides Learners with the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations that can arise in both adults and children whilst taking part in outdoor or activity based environments.

Intended Audience

The QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF) qualification has been specifically designed for those who have a 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.

Course Overview

During this 2 day course, Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to deal with a range of emergency first aid situations, including: managing an unresponsive casualty, CPR, choking, head and spinal injuries, abdominal injuries, external bleeding, anaphylaxis and more. For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification.

Key Facts

QAN Number: 600/7866/2

Ofqual regulated? Yes

Number of Units: 2 mandatory units

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 20

Contact Learning Hours (CLH): 12

Credit Value: 2

Assessment: 6 x Practical assessments and 2 x Theory assessments (Multiple Choice Question Papers)

Qualification Valid For: 3 years

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This regulated and nationally recognised qualification provides Learners with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in basic life support and the management of anaphylaxis. The content of this qualification has been approved by the Anaphylaxis Campaign.     

Intended Audience

The QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis (QCF) qualification has been designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, at home or in voluntary and community activities, to provide basic life support and manage anaphylaxis when dealing with an emergency.

Course Overview

Over a half day period, successful Learners will attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of first aid situations, including: managing a casualty with anaphylaxis, CPR, common anaphylaxis triggers, signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, treatment and more. For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification.

Key Facts

QAN Number: 601/5656/9

Ofqual regulated? Yes

Number of Units: 1 mandatory unit

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 5

Contact Learning Hours (CLH): 3hrs 25mins minimum

Credit Value: 1

Assessment: 3 x Practical assessments and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.

Qualification Valid For: 1 year

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This regulated and nationally recognised qualification provides Learners with the knowledge and practical competencies needed to safely perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Intended Audience

The QA Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF) qualification has been designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities to provide first aid and/or use an AED in an emergency.

Course Overview

During this half day course, Learners will develop the skills and knowledge needed to administer effective CPR and use an AED when dealing with an emergency situation. Topics covered include: CPR, choking, safe use of an AED, using an AED on a child, AED maintenance and more. For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification.

Key Facts

QAN Number: 600/7150/3

Ofqual regulated? Yes

Number of Units: 1 mandatory unit

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 6

Contact Learning Hours (CLH): 4 hours 35 minutes

Credit Value: 1

Assessment: 3 x Practical assessments, x 1 Theory assessment (Multiple Choice Question Paper) and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.

Qualification Valid For: 1 year

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