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Level 2 Award In Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF)

The objective of this qualification is to allow learners to develop their knowledge and skills in basic life support to meet the needs of their role in work, or another setting, and allows progression into further first aid training. It is recommended for first-aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.

Learners gaining this qualification will know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation form an essential part of the chain of survival. The topics covered are regarded by Skills for Health as being important in maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.  The qualification means learners should be able to safely and effectively use an automated external defibrillation machine.

In line with industry guidance, after 3 years it is recommended that they sit the course again.


  • Is it for me ?

    This qualification is aimed at individuals wishing to take further training or to develop their knowledge and skills in this basic life support. It is recommended for first-aiders in the workplace and is also suitable for schoolchildren, as recommended by The Resuscitation Council (UK).

  • How long will it take ?

    This qualification has a minimum contact time of 4 hours and is usually obtained by taking a 1-day or half day classroom-based course, depending on course design by the centre.

  • Topics covered

    These include how to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally, how to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally, and safe use an automated external defibrillator.

  • Assessment methods

    This qualification is assessed by the following two methods: 1. Practical assessment – Learners must demonstrate the practical first aid skills, as indicated within the Highfield assessment paperwork. 2. Theory assessment – Learners must answer a series of multiple-choice questions as outlined within the Highfield assessment paperwork.

  • Qualification

    Learners will receive a Highfield Level 2 Award In Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF) upon successfully completing the course.

  • What next?

    Individuals achieving this qualification can then progress onto the Highfield Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace, or a Highfield Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely.

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