Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)
This Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual.
The qualification develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas: roles and responsibilities of the First Aider; assessing an incident, recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness, assisting a casualty who is suffering from major injury and illness, chest injuries, spinal injuries and anaphylaxis. The objectives of the qualification include supporting a role in the workplace and giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning.
If this qualification is being used to meet the requirements of the HSE then it is valid for three years, after which learners will need to repeat the qualification, however it is recommended that learners refresh their knowledge annually.
The units have been developed and are supported by the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum to meet the requirements of the:
- First Aid at Work Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 Guidance on Regulations (L74)
- Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines
- First Aid at Work Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1982 (Northern Ireland).
The units will be delivered, assessed and quality assured in accordance with Assessment Principles for Regulated First Aid Qualifications.
Min Guided Learning Hours: 18 hours (3 days)
Guidance on requalification
The recommended duration of the requalification course is 12 hours over two days; however the course duration may be increased to meet additional learning needs if required, but not further reduced. Learners must be assessed against all learning outcomes and assessment criteria for both units. To attend the shorter requalification course, learners must provide evidence of their previous FAW qualification. The centre will retain a copy of the original First Aid certificate together with the assessment record for the requalification course.
Learners must repeat the qualification before their FAW certificate expires in order to remain qualified to provide First Aid. If not, the learner can still access the shortened course for up to one month after the certificate expires however during this period, learners are not qualified to provide First Aid.
The units will be delivered, assessed and quality assured in accordance with the Assessment Principles for Regulated First Aid Qualifications. The qualification is assessed by internally set and marked assessments subject to external quality assurance. Where indicated in the unit specifications, assessment will meet the requirements of the identified assessment strategy/principles.
The recommended assessment methods for this qualification are:-
- Practical demonstration & Assessor Observation
- Written Questions
The practical assessment of learners for the qualification will be embedded into the course delivery.
The written assessment will be included where there are natural breaks in delivery, e.g. between Learning Outcomes or units. This assessment will be done without access to the course manual.
Learners will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding by answering a range of questions relating to the assessment criteria.
All learning outcomes must be met to achieve a Pass – there is no grading.