This qualification is accredited and falls under the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It is supported by Skills for Health and the Sector Skills Council for Health. It aligns with the requirements of the HSE.

Guided Learning Hours Minimum Contact Time Course Price
Guided Learning Hours: 24 (inc workbook completion) hours Minimum Contact Time: 18 (see below) hours Course Price: £TBC

Learning and Assessment--

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are the hours that a student needs to be engaged in learning. This includes time spent in independent study, but does not include assessment. The GLH for this course are 24 hours, including workbook completion.

Minimum contact hours (MCH) are those times when the learner is in the same room as the tutor and receiving training, or undertaking examinations or assessment.

For this course MLH are 18 hours with ongoing assessment over 3 days in the classroom. For requalification, the MLH are 12 hours over 2 days.


Assessment for this course includes:

Practical demonstration. Ongoing assessments demonstrating practical first aid skills.

Oral and Written Assessment. Ongoing questioning that allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge and understanding.

Accident Report Form, to be correctly completed.

Demonstration. How to place pads and follow instructions on an (AED) Automatic External Defibrillator.

Course Requirements--

ID Requirements

To be assessed, you must be able to provide sufficient ID. Examples include:

  • Valid passport
  • Signed UK photocard driving licence
  • Valid warrant card issued by HM Forces or Police
  • Other photographic ID cards e.g. valid warrant card issued by HM Forces, Police, employee ID card, student ID card, travel card.

Language Requirements

All assessment will be conducted in English. You must have sufficient language skills before being assessed. You should have language skills equivalent to:

  • A B1 Level qualification
  • An ESOL qualification at (Level 1) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • A functional skills Level 1 in English.


The qualification is valid for 3 years. Learners should also refresh their knowledge annually.

Requalification has recommended course duration of 2 days and cannot be reduced. To take requalification training, learners must present a valid FAW certificate at the start of the course.