First Aid Essentials

First Aid Essentials

Ideal for those who are able to access CQC (Care Quality Commission) funding, this regulated and nationally recognised qualification enables Learners to gain the skills and knowledge needed to administer safe, prompt, effective first aid in situations which can arise when providing care.

We combine with course with the Emergency First Aid at Work, which complies with the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Approved Code of Practice L74 guidelines for qualifications of workplace First Aiders.  It include additional assessment criteria on Accident Reporting, and an additional assessment on choking.  Learners who successfully complete this qualification will gain two regulated qualifications. 

Intended Audience

The QA Level 2 Award in First Aid Essentials (QCF) qualification has been designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide basic first aid to people they are caring for when dealing with an emergency.

Who Should Attend?

Where an employers risk assessment of first aid needs identifies that a full first aider is not necessary, but the minimum requirement is to appoint a person to take charge of first aid arrangements. Also ideal for larger organisations where fully qualified first aiders can benefit from the support of an EFAW first aider. Individuals that want or require training for personnel or professional development should also attend this 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work course. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner will need to demonstrate that they can: 

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider 

1.1 Identify the role and responsibilities of a first aider

1.2 Identify how to minimise the risk of infection to self and others

1.3 Identify the need for establishing consent to provide first aid

1.4 Identify the first aid equipment that should be available

1.5 Describe the safe use of first aid equipment

 2. Be able to assess an incident

2.1 Conduct a scene survey

2.2 Conduct a primary survey of a casualty

2.3 Give examples of when to call for help

3. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally

3.1 Assess a casualty’s level of consciousnes

3.2 Open a casualty’s airway and check breathing

3.3 Identify when to place an unconscious casualty into the recovery position

3.4 Place an unresponsive casualty in the recovery position

3.5 Manage a casualty who is in seizure

 4. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally

4.1 Recognise the need to commence Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

4.2 Demonstrate CPR using a manikin

4.3 Identify the accepted modifications to CPR for children

 5. Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking

 5.1 Describe how to identify a casualty with a:

 • Partially blocked airway

 • Completely blocked airway

 5.2 Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking

6. Be able to manage a casualty with external bleeding

6.1 Identify the types of external bleeding

6.2 Control external bleeding

7. Be able to manage a casualty who is in shock 

7.1 Recognise shock 

7.2 Administer first aid to a casualty who is in shock

 8. Be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury 

8.1 Administer first aid to a casualty with small cuts, grazes and bruises

8.2 Administer first aid to a casualty with minor burns and scalds

8.3 Administer first aid to a casualty with small splinters


Candidates are assessed by ongoing practical assessment by the Tutor throughout the course, with a multiple-choice written assessment at the end.


£79.95 to include First Aid book and starter pack.


QA Level 2 Award in First Aid Essentials and QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work


1 day: 9.00 - 17.00


Delivered from the GDR Solutions Training Centre in the Forest of Dean, Newent, Gloucestershire, or throughout the South West including Bristol, South Wales, Herefordshire and Wiltshire, or in your workplace (subject to numbers)

Employer Guidance:

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable First Aid to be provided to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.  

These regulations apply to workplaces, including those with five or fewer employees and to the self employed.  How much first aid provision an employer has to make depends on the circumstances of each workplace.  In general terms, this course may be more suitable for lower-risk environments, such as offices and shops and/or organisations with fewer than 100 employees.