The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) meets The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 in respect of First Aid at Work and is aimed at individuals who intend to develop and gain formal recognition of their knowledge, understanding, and skills of first aid at work. The course duration is a minimum of 3 days and the qualification is applicable to those who work or intend to work for a range of organizations, as all employers are required by law to offer First Aid provision to their employees. By completing the two mandatory units, all learners will cover the essentials of First Aid, including roles and responsibilities, incident assessment and managing and administering First Aid to casualties in a variety of situations. These situations could relate to breathing, choking, bleeding, shock, minor injuries, burns, scalds, poisoning, illness, and anaphylaxis. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programs of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.
Learners who achieve the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) can progress to other qualifications in the sector, including the Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF), the Level 2 Award in Paediatric Emergency First Aid (QCF) and the Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF).
First aid at work qualification structure
To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in First Aid at Work (QCF), learners must achieve a minimum of 3 credits from the two mandatory units. This qualification is not graded successful learners achieve a pass.
Assessment process of First aid at work
Assessment of this qualification is by Portfolio of Evidence and Practical Demonstration/ Assignment which is quality assured by the concerned awarding organization. The Achievement Record Workbook provided by the awarding body, and available to download from the website, will be used by us to record all assessment. All assessment criteria must be met before the learner is awarded the level 3 first aid at work qualification.
The demonstration of practical skills: These can be assessed during or after delivery, a record of the learner’s performance must be completed by the assessor in the Achievement Record Workbook. Internal Verification would be carried out in accordance with our procedures. All Assessment is subject to external quality assurance by the concerned awarding body.
The knowledge-based components: These can be assessed by written question and answer or by oral questioning; questions are available in the Achievement Record/Workbook. If using written question and answer this should be internally marked by the assessor. If using oral questions and answer the answers should be recorded as well as marked by the assessor in the Achievement Record/Workbook.
The assessment must be reliable and robust and must meet the requirements of the Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.