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AoFAQ Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF)

This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become a first aider. It covers a wider range of subjects than that covered by the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. It provides learners with the skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in higher risk workplaces or workplaces with an increased number of employees. Produced in aid of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982 purposes.

As this is a Regulated Qualification, an Employer who obtains training from an AoFAQ Approved Centre is not required to carry out any due diligence on the training provider in order to ensure the suitability of the training (HSE statement).

Also approved by the Association of First Aiders.

Course Duration: 
  • 3 days (Initial Qualification) 
  • 2 day (Re-qualification)

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 Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements:

This Qualification provides learners with skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in higher risk workplace environments or workplaces with a larger number of employees. (See AoFAQ Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work for low risk workplaces)The qualification is for the purposes of the  Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982. however is is also highly relevant for a wide range of first aid situations.

The AoFAQ Level 3 First Aid at Work is a Regulated Qualification which removes the requirements for the Employer to carry out due diligence on the training provider. See HSE GEIS3 "A guide for employers - Selecting a first-aid training provider" for details.

 

 Key Points

Name: AoFAQ LEVEL 3 AWARD IN  FIRST AID AT WORK (QCF)

Abbreviated Name: EFAW.

National Qualification Number: 600/7726/8

Qualification Type: QCF

Guided Learning Hours: 24  (this qualification requires a minimum of 18 classroom hrs.)

Where this qualification is undertaken in less than 24 hrs, additional learner instruction may be undertaken through research i.e. Internet, reading or work based activities.

Note: Where a Learner holds a valid FAW certificate, this qualification requires a minimum of 12 classroom hrs. 

Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)

Manikins: 1 manikin required per 3 Learners

Certificate Price* £10 + VAT Note: Special Offer Now £7.00 + VAT per certificate

* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.

 Unit 2: Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace

Unit 2: Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace

This forms the second part of the qualification. 

1. Be able to conduct a secondary survey
1.1 Identify the information to be collected when gathering a casualty history
1.2 Conduct a head to toe survey
2. Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints
2.1 Recognise suspected;
  - Fractures
  - Dislocations
  - Sprains and strains
2.2 Administer first aid for;
  - Fractures
  - Dislocations
  - Sprains and strains
3. Be able to administer First Aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injuries
3.1 Recognise suspected;
  - Concussion
  - Skull fracture
  - Cerebral compression
  - Spinal injury
3.2 Administer first aid for suspected;
  - Concussion
  - Skull fracture
  - Cerebral compression
  - Spinal injury
4. Be able to administer First Aid to a casualty with suspected chest injuries
4.1 Recognise the different types of chest injury
4.2 Administer first aid for a chest injury
5. Be able to administer First Aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
5.1 Recognise the factors that affect the severity of burns and scalds
5.2 Administer first aid for burns involving;
  - Dry Heat
  - Wet Heat
  - Electricity
  - Chemicals
6. Be able to administer First Aid to a casualty with a eye injury
6.1 Give examples of common eye injuries
6.2 Administer first aid for eye injuries involving;
  - Dust
  - Chemicals
  - Embedded objects
7. Be able to administer First Aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning
7.1 Identify the routes that poisons can take to enter the body
7.2 Administer immediate first aid to a casualty affected by sudden poisoning
7.3 Identify sources of information for treating those affected by sudden poisoning
8. Be able to administer First Aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
8.1 Identify common triggers for anaphylaxis
8.2 Recognise anaphylaxis
8.3 Administer immediate first aid for a casualty suffering from anaphylaxis
9. Be able to provide First Aid to a casualty with suspected major illness
9.1 Recognise major illnesses including;
  - Heart attack
  - Stroke
  - Epilepsy
  - Asthma
  - Diabetes
9.2 Administer first aid to a casualty suffering from major illnesses including;
  - Heart attack
  - Stroke
  - Epilepsy
  - Asthma
  - Diabetes

 Unit 1: Emergency First Aid at Work

EFAW Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:

This for the first unit of the First Aid at Work qualification

    1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
    1.1 Identify the role and responsibilities of a first aider
    1.2 Describe 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 Complete an accident form
    1.5 Identify the first aid equipment that should be available in a workplace
    1.6 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 consciousness
    3.2 Open a casualty’s airway and check breathing
    3.3 Explain why it is important 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 Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
    4.2 Demonstrate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation using a manikin

    5 Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
    5.1 Describe how to identify a casualty with 
      - 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 in jury

    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

 Qualification Assessment

Assessment:

  •  The practical Learning Outcomes are assessed by observation. 
  •  Multi Choice Questions (MCQ) for theory and underpinning knowledge. 

 This qualification  is made up of 2 Units which are assessed separately:

  • Unit 1: 2 Emergency First Aid at Work also form part of this assessment.
  • Unit 2: Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace

 To Awarded this qualification the Learner must 100% pass of the assessments carried out by observation together with a percentage pass in the MCQ paper. 

Note:

Where training is delivered in Northern Ireland, HSENI require that the assessments by observation must be conducted by an independent assessor at the end of the course

 AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials

The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.

 

Scheme of Work:

  • This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.

 

PowerPoint:

  • AoFAQ have produced a professionally designed PowerPoint that maps the Learning Outcomes to assist the Trainer in presentation of the course. A sample of the slides can be seen in the above graphic.

All these items are available FREE of charge to AoFAQ Approved Centres when 20 EFAW Certificates are purchased in advance.

 Trainer, Assessor Requiements
Occupational Competence Requirements

 This is extracted from the Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (October 2012 v1).

Trainers/Assessors must:

  • Be occupationally competent in the area of first aid. This can be evidenced by:
    •  holding a FAW certificate issued by either HSE or an Awarding Organisation/Body or having
    • registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC)
    • registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Be occupationally competent in the area of training and/or assessing in line with the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:
    • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9DI – Assess workplace competences using direct and indirect methods – replacing Units A1 and D32/33
    • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9D - Assess workplace competence using direct methods – replacing Units A2 and D32
    • QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement
    • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)
    • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (QCF)
    • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (QCF)
    • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
    • A1 or D32/D33
    • A2 or D32
    • Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
    • Cert Ed/PGCE/B Ed/M Ed
    • PTLLS/CTLLS/DTLLS
    • S/NVQ level 3 in Training and Development
    • S/NVQ level 4 in Training and Development
    • IHCD Instructional Methods
    • IHCD Instructor Certificate
    • English National Board 998
    • Training Group A22, B22, C21, C23, C24 TQFE (Teaching Qualification for Further Education)
    • NOCN Tutor Assessor Award

 Note: This list is not exhaustive.

Trainers/Assessors should also be able to provide a detailed, chronological list of evidence to show that they have regularly provided EFAW/FAW assessments during the previous three years. If this is limited, evidence of other first-aid assessments may be provided.

 No formal Trainer/Assessor qualifications

 It is recognised that trainer/assessors may not hold formal qualifications but may have significant experience in undertaking these roles. It is expected that the trainer/assessors be registered and working towards formal qualifications within one year and that the qualifications are gained within two years.

During this period a portfolio should be maintained and include details of knowledge and experience gained and the time period over which they were applied, and any contributing training undertaken and the learning outcomes achieved. There should be evidence that the individual has conducted at least two practical and two theoretical first-aid training/assessing sessions under the supervision of a qualified assessor.

 Internal Quality Assurers
   Internal Quality Assurers must:

  • be occupationally competent in the area of first aid. This can be evidenced by:
    •  holding a FAW certificate issued by either HSE or an Awarding Organisation/Body
    •  or having
    • registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC)
    •  registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    •  registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    •  have working knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place
    • have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors
    • Have visited and observed assessments and have carry out other related internal quality assurance

Note: It is understood that not all IQA’s will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time centres should ensure that IQA’s are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally monitor and maintain the quality of assessment. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:

  •  SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment
  • QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)
  • V1 or D34

Note: This list is not exhaustive. 

 Links and Downloads

Information Links
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid Section http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/
HSE GEIS3 A guide for employers - Selecting a first-aid training provider. (pdf) http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.pdf
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l74.htm
First aid needs assessment http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/needs-assessment.htm
 Qualification Specification L3 FAW Qualification Specification
AoFAQ Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF) - Qualification Information
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