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QNUK Level 3 Award (RQF)

A 3 day course suitable for adults who may need to provide first aid in a higher risk work environment.

First Aid At Work Qualification Overview

This course is suitable for those with responsibility for a large number of people, or those who work in high risk environments such as theatre, film sets, TV shoots, studios, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, or commercial kitchens.  The HSE recommends that all high risk workplaces have staff with a First Aid at Work qualification on site at all times.  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 18 contact learning hours (minimum). 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 in a range of high risk first aid situations.



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


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, AED training machines (1 per 4 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.

FAW Measurable Achievements

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider

2. Vital signs – breathing, level of consciousness, temperature, colour

3. Casualty Monitoring and protection

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

5. Airway Management – causes and treatment of unconscious collapse

6. Recovery Positions and other safe airway positions

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

8. Heart attack, Angina

9. AED / Defibrillator use

10. Choking in adults and children

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

12. Bandaging issues

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

14. Awareness of current regulations

15. Incident reporting and RIDDOR

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

17. Common Illnesses – Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy

18. Dealing with burns

19. Dealing with poisons

20. Animal bites and stings