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First Aid at Work

Course Code: FAB

Level: 3
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three days
When you'll study: Various days, 9.00am - 4.00pm

About the course

Do you want to become a qualified first aider? Or are you an owner or manager in an organisation that wants to improve the first aid training of employees? This intensive course is appropriate for those who have to administer first aid in the workplace. People at work can suffer injuries or fall ill. You will need to make sure they receive immediate attention and that, in serious cases, qualified help is summoned. Through a mixture of background theory and hands-on practice you will learn what you need to do to save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones. Please note – some courses take place on consecutive days; however we are aware that some employers find it difficult to release employees for three days in one week. Therefore, for your convenience, this course can run over a three week period – please contact us for exact course dates and to discuss your requirements.

What you'll learn

During this three day course you will learn all aspects of basic life support. The following subjects are covered:

  • what to do in an emergency
  • resuscitation
  • managing someone who is unconscious
  • controlling bleeding
  • treating burns and scalds
  • treating injuries to bones, muscles and joints
  • treating minor injuries
  • treating eye injuries
  • poisons
  • shock
  • choking
  • recognising and treating various illness
  • communication, care and use of first aid equipment
  • legal framework and first aid provision
  • personal hygiene and safety
  • chest injuries
  • eye injuries
  • anaphylactic shock
  • and recognising the presence of major illness (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes) and provide appropriate first aid.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, although a good level of numeracy/literacy is required. City College Plymouth can provide support if needed, please contact us to discuss your needs.

Please be advised that candidates attending this course must have a good standard of general fitness as the course includes procedures such as kneeling to render resuscitation to a casualty lying on the ground.


There are ongoing practical assessments with written exercises.

What's next?

This is an essential qualification for those wishing to be the occupational first aider.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

To book a first aid course, please use this link