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IQ Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/3905/5
Title IQ Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF)
Category National
Sector Facilities | Fire Safety | Health & Safety | Fire Safety
Operational Start Date 10/07/2014
Operational End Date 31/12/2016
Total Units 1 Min Credit 1
Min Guided Learning Hours 4 Max Guided Learning Hours 4
Min Age From 14 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £9.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF) is a qualification aimed at individuals who intend to develop and gain formal recognition of their knowledge and understanding of fire safety, ranging from those who do not necessarily have any specific fire safety role to those planning to progress to further qualifications. The qualification is generic, so it is suitable for individuals working or intending to work in a variety of environments in which a basic knowledge of fire safety is necessary. It is particularly suitable for new employees or those intending to move into roles which may demand a more in-depth knowledge of fire prevention and safety. All learners will cover the essentials of the causes of fires, their own responsibilities and those of fire wardens, how to respond to fire emergencies, fire risk management and prevention, safely using portable fire-fighting equipment and how to check that equipment is serviceable and safe to use.

This qualification is included as an additional employer requirement of the Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Spectator Safety. While the achievement of additional employer requirements is not a mandatory requirement for certification of these apprenticeships, the sector and employers recognise their value and completion of them will make apprentices more employable.


Learners who achieve this qualification can progress to the Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace using credits achieved as the single mandatory unit features in this qualification. They can also progress to the Level 2 Award in Fire Safety Principles.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve the IQ Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF) learners must achieve 1 credit from the single mandatory unit.

IQ Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF)
Mandatory UnitMinimum Units:1
 Minimum Credits:1
 Y/601/9697Fire Safety Awareness114


All assessment criteria in this qualification are assessed by portfolio, internally set and marked and externally quality assured by IQ. Centres are encouraged to use the IQ Workbook; passing all of the questions and activities in the IQ Workbook will ensure that all of the assessment criteria have been met.

However, centres are permitted to use their own documentation/ assessment materials, provided this is agreed with the EV prior to the commencement of any assessment. These can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay


This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

Practice MCQs

As an additional resource package, IQ offers multiple choice question papers and mark schemes for this qualification, which can be used as a classroom tool. These multiple choice questions are optional and cannot be used as part of the final summative assessment for the qualification, but they are an effective tool for interim/formative assessment.

If used by centres, the question papers should be marked internally. Centres can determine the conditions under which to test learners using the question papers. The multiple choice question papers and corresponding mark schemes can be downloaded from the website.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at entry level 3 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

It is best practice that trainers delivering this qualification hold at least one of the following:

•               A verifiable history as a Local Authority Fire Officer supported with appropriate training

•               NEBOSH National Certificate

•               A recognised Level 3 or 4 Fire Safety qualification

•               A level 3 or 4 Health and Safety Qualification or equivalent

They should also hold an appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS or  Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF).

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



Downloadable Resources

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  • Practice Question Paper - 1010801 (protected)
  • Practice Question Paper - 1010802 (protected)
  • Mark Scheme - 1010801 (protected)
  • Mark Scheme - 1010802 (protected)
  • Specification
  • Workbook (protected)