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First Aid at Work Refresher

The course is for anyone who is involved in the provision of first aid at work. It is also suitable for those who are involved with clubs, sports and other activities, and for general interest. The course will enable participants to develop practical skills, such as resuscitation techniques, and to consolidate knowledge about injuries and medical emergencies. It is suitable for those beginning from basics or who have some prior knowledge. The course is for students who wish to obtain a qualification in First Aid At Work. Consequently, all students on this course will be expected to enter for the assessment and complete the course in full.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any previous experience or qualifications to study this course.

Course Content

Emergency first aid at work
Recognising the presence of major illness and applying general first aid principles in its management
Soft tissue injuries
Injuries to bones including suspected spinal injuries
Chest injuries
Burns and scalds
Eye injuries including how to irrigate an eye
Sudden poisoning and anaphylactic shock

How will I be taught?

Practical skills and theoretical aspects will be taught by lecturers who have a paramedic or health background.  Sessions may be highlighted by training videos.

How will I be assessed?

You will be prepared for an examination consisting of three sections:

– a written test of theoretical knowledge (multiple choice question papers)
– a practical demonstration of resuscitation skills
– a demonstration of the treatment and management of specific injuries

All sections must be successfully passed for certificates to be awarded.

Will I need any extra equipment?

A course pamphlet will be supplied.

What qualifications will I get?


What will it allow me to do in the future?

South Downs College has approval by the Health and Safety Executive for First Aid at Work courses.

Course Information

Excerpt taken from ‘First Aid at Work’, Health and Safety Precautions 1981, Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, Chapter 47:

The selection of first aiders depends on a number of factors, including an individual’s:
– reliability, disposition and communication skills
– aptitude and ability to absorb new knowledge and learn new skills
– ability to cope with stressful and physically demanding emergency procedures
– normal duties – these should be such that they may be left to go immediately and rapidly to an emergency
This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone
0800 056 0511.

Office use: 19/06/2015

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