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Activities in Sports

QNUK Level 3 Award (RQF)

A 2 day course suitable for adults who may need to provide first aid for those who work in sports activities or gyms.

Activity First Aid Qualification Overview

This qualification is aimed those looking to undertake the role of a first aider in sports activities. The qualification also meets the requirements for a workplace emergency first aider as outlined in the Health and Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.  This course can be tailored to any relevant environment, contextualised for your workplace hazards. Theoretical training and practical scenarios are used together to incrementally develop skills throughout the course.  Participants will need to be prepared to be active and participate in progressive scenario practice.

The qualification requires 12 contact learning hours (minimum)n and will usually take around 14 hours over 2 days. The maximum period to achieve this, including referrals, is 10 weeks.


Certification and requalification

Course certificates will be valid for 3 years from the date of the end of the first aid course. The Learner needs to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified. Certification will be with the certified Awarding Organisation Qualifications Network or QNUK.


Intended audience

This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work or in voluntary and community activities, to provide basic first aid to people who engage in a range of sporting activities or gyms.



Formative assessment will be conducted throughout the course, along with multiple choice exam papers at the end.


Venues and equipment

In line with current regulations, venues will need to be a minimum of 100 square metres to accommodate up to 12 people safely, and, for smaller courses; a minimum of 50 square meters to accommodate up to 6 people -  along with the trainer, training resources: flipchart, projector, CPR manikins (1 each), AED training machines (1 per 2 learners), kneeling pads, bandages and paperwork to train and assess the course. 

Covid health and safety measures

A venue risk assessment will be carried out in advance to confirm that there is enough space and that the venue meets safety standards conducive to learning.  A further assessment will be carried on the day to ensure that conditions remain the same.  Attendees will be required to wear masks and use hand gel regularly throughout the day, as well as wash their hands.  Temperatures will be taken on arrival and anyone with a temperature above 38 degrees will be asked to return home. More detailed guidance will be sent out when the course is booked.

Course quality assurance

After each course learners are asked to complete a short evaluation on the day and afterwards they are emailed another opportunity to provide feedback about their training.  Pre course joining instructions sent to learners include a request for information about special requirements, information about learner complaints / appeals procedures.


At the start of each course learners are informed about appeals and grievance procedures. To maintain quality a maximum 1:12 trainer to learner ratio is set for this course.

AFA Measurable Achievements

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider

2. Incident management – a systematic approach to managing first aid incidents

3. Provide first aid to an unresponsive casualty

4. Provide CPR to adult and child casualities, including drowning

5. How to deal with anaphylactic shock

 6. Airway Management – causes and treatment of unconscious collapse

7. Recovery Positions and other safe airway positions

8. Breathing Problems - cardiac arrest CPR in adults and children, drowning CPR

9. Heart attack, Angina

10. AED / Defibrillator use

11. Choking in adults and children

12. Circulation Problems – Internal bleeding, external bleeding and treatment for Shock

13. Bandaging issues

14. Recognition and treatment of injuries to: chest, abdomen, pelvis, leg & arm

15. Awareness of current regulations

16. Incident reporting and RIDDOR

17. Head and spinal injuries and spinal management, inc. helmet removal

18. Common Illnesses – Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy

19. Dealing with burns

20. Eye injuries

21. Animal bites and stings

22. Dealing with minor injuries

23. Provide first aid to a casualty suffering from the effects of heat or cold