International resuscitation guidelines recommend training in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to save lives. This regulated and nationally recognised qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in basic life support (BLS) and AED usage in emergency situations.
The QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF) qualification has been designed for those who have a specific interest or responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities to provide BLS when dealing with an emergency situation which may involve using an AED.
Over a half day period, learners will develop the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of first aid situations and safely use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Topics covered include: managing an unresponsive casualty, CPR, using an AED on both adults and children, combining AED use with CPR and more. For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification.
This qualification can be delivered as a standalone course (minimum of 3 hours 40 minutes) or as a ‘bolt on’ (1.5 hours excluding breaks) to other first aid qualifications that share the same assessment criteria.
Future career and study opportunities
This qualification can lead to further courses within First Aid or Health and Social Care.