Introduction to First Aid

Ref: C3844614

This course will give people the knowledge needed to act competently in an emergency. The course covers both adult, child and baby first aid. The course will be of interest to anyone, for example, parents, grandparents, and babysitters. The course will guide students through how to deal with different kinds of illnesses and accidents. The course will cover a range emergencies which may involve young children and babies, for example, asthma, meningitis, choking and febrile seizures. Students will be shown the modifications needed to carry out CPR on both adults and children. The course will also cover dealing with chest pain, major bleeding, head injuries, allergic reaction, broken bones plus much more. Students will also learn how to deal with the emergency services. The course will be taught in a relaxed and friendly way, using video, discussion and other online activities to help students gain the knowledge they need to act quickly and effectively in a medical emergency.

Course aim

This course is for people who want to know what action to take in an emergency and how to deal effectively with accidents and injuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course would be more suitable for students who have a basic command of English, however, as the course is delivered through the use of video and pictures, those who have entry 3 level English could do well on the course as support with vocabulary would be given.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify, safe and effective methods for adult, child and baby resuscitation.
  • How to deal with those who are experiencing chest pain.
  • How to deal effectively with a choking adult, baby or child.
  • How to deal with an unresponsive casualty.
  • How to deal competently with different forms of major and minor illnesses and accidents.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Introduction to First Aid

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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