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IQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)


Qualification Number 600/8124/7
Title IQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
Category National
Sector General Skills | Health & Care | Health & Safety
Operational Start Date 25/03/2013
Operational End Date 31/03/2017
Total Units 2 Min Credit 3
Min Guided Learning Hours 24 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 16 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

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About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) meets The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 in respect of First Aid at Work and is aimed at individuals who intend to develop and gain formal recognition of their knowledge, understanding and skills of first aid at work. The course duration is a minimum of 3 days and the qualification is applicable to those who work or intend to work for a range of organisations, as all employers are required by law to offer First Aid provision to their employees. By completing the two mandatory units, all learners will cover the essentials of First Aid, including roles and responsibilities, incident assessment and managing and administering First Aid to casualties in a variety of situations. These situations could relate to breathing, chocking, bleeding, shock, minor injuries, burns, scalds, poisoning, illness and anaphylaxis. 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.

Please note: Resuscitation Guidelines 2015

The Resuscitation Council (UK) published new guidelines online on the 15th October 2015 following a review of resuscitation science. Reviews of this nature are undertaken every five years and European and UK guidelines will become more aligned.

The changes involved were subtle and so they did not require changes to be made to first aid qualifications. However, it is important that centres approved to offer first aid qualifications are kept aware of changes to the latest guidelines, which include the sequence of CPR.

Full details of changes made can be found on the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK) at


Learners who achieve the IQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) can progress to other qualifications in the sector, including the Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QCF), the Level 2 Award in Paediatric Emergency First Aid (QCF) and the Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF).

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 3 Certificate in First Aid at Work (QCF), learners must achieve a minimum of 3 credits from the two mandatory units.

This qualification is not graded successful learners achieve a pass.

Re-qualification: Candidate has successfully re-qualified
Mandatory UnitsMinimum Units:2
 Minimum Credits:3
 A/504/4517Emergency First Aid in the Workplace218
 F/504/4518Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace3216


Assessment of this qualification is by Portfolio of Evidence and Practical Demonstration/ Assignment which is quality assured by IQ. The Achievement Record Workbook provided by IQ, and available to download from the website, should be used by centres to record all assessment. All assessment criteria must be met.

The demonstration of practical skills: These can be assessed during or after delivery, a record of the learner’s performance must be completed by the assessor in the Achievement Record Workbook.

Internal Verification must be carried out in accordance with centre procedures. All Assessment is subject to external quality assurance by IQ.

The knowledge-based components: These can be assessed by written question and answer or by oral questioning; questions are available in the Achievement Record/Workbook. If using written question and answer this should be internally marked by the assessor. If using oral questions and answer the answers should be recorded as well as marked by the assessor in the Achievement Record/Workbook.

Assessment must be reliable and robust and must meet the requirements of the Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (see Appendix A located at the end of this document). Further guidance for each unit can be found in the assessment guidance relevant to each unit. All Assessment Criteria must be met in both units to achieve this qualification.

Claiming competence

The centre should enter the results for all units on IQR once they have been signed off by the assessor. Unit results may be entered individually as each unit is signed off by the assessor or as a whole once all necessary units have been completed and signed off by the assessor.

For centres with Direct claim status:

Qualification certificates will automatically be issued once pass results have been entered by the centre on IQR against all the relevant units (all the units necessary for the learner to achieve the qualification). Unit certificates will only be issued if requested by the centre on IQR, please note that there is a charge for unit certificates.

For centres who do not have direct claim status:

An External Verifier (EV) will be appointed, once you have registered your first cohort of learners, in order to carry out IQ Quality Assurance Procedures and report on your accredited qualification/s. They will make at least one visit to your centre each year and will issue an EV Report form after each visit. Please note that Learner certificates will not be issued until after the first EV visit has happened and your centre has been satisfactorily verified by the EV.

The EV communicates with IQ through the EV Report form, which ensures sufficient sampling of evidence in order to confirm that IQ quality standards are being applied before the issue of any certificates. In line with Ofqual’s requirements we ask you to ensure that all assessment records and tracking documentation are up to date and complete before each of the EV visits. All such records should be available to the EV and kept for a period of 2 years from the date of learner completion. Please ensure you keep, as a condition of this approval, a complete copy of the Centre Approval documentation you have issued to us, as from time to time the EV and other IQ personnel may wish to review such documentation.


IQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) certificates are valid for 3 years. In order to re-qualify after 3 years learners must be assessed against all learning outcomes and assessment criteria in the units. Learners must re-qualify prior to the expiry of their held qualification.

For further information on re-qualifying see Appendix A at the end of this document.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above. They must be physically capable of completing the practical activities involved.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers/assessors and internal verifiers delivering this qualification must meet the requirements as per the Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (see Appendix A located at the end of this document).

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification and have access to the facilities and equipment necessary to train in First Aid. 



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