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Automated External Difibrillator

Qualification overview

The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • The Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications

This QA qualification outlines a range of knowledge and practical skills in providing basic life support (BLS) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) safely.
Learners will practise assessing and managing a casualty who needs BLS and the safe use of an AED.

This qualification specification provides information for Centres about the delivery of the QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF) and includes the unit information, assessment methods and quality assurance arrangements.


The objective of the qualification is to benefit Learners by enabling them to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of first aid situations and safely use an AED.


The purpose of this qualification is to assist the Learner to update and continue professional development (CPD) and develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide BLS and use an AED in the workplace or other emergency situations.

Intended audience

Note: the GLH for this qualification may be significantly reduced if it is delivered as a bolt on and in conjunction with other related qualifications such as the QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) where there is duplication of learning.

Course Duration/Qualification

The course is delivered over a half day (4 hours training)

The course requires three practical assessments and a written theory assessment (multiple choice) to achieve the required standard. The course is complete with a first aid manual per student. At the end of the course students will gain a Level 2 Qualification with Certificate and ID Card.

Course Cost

The cost of the course is £45.00 plus vat per person and includes tea, coffee, juice, water and biscuits throughout the course (if delivered at our training centre in Hull. We can come out to your site and deliver the training subject to conditions being right for the learners and suitable provisions available but this can be discussed at booking.