Course: ITC Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid, 12+ hours

This Ofqual accredited qualification is aimed at the person who requires first aid training that covers more than that found on a typical one day course, but who does not need a full 16 hour course to satisfy NGB requirements.

The Activity First Aid qualification introduces the techniques, skills and decisions that will be needed to manage emergency first aid, illness & injury in the context of a range of Activities.

This is an intensive, practical course; normally run over two days. This Activity First Aid award is built from 2 mandatory units of assessment. One unit normally taught per day.

Who for?

  • Climbing wall instructors, activity centre instructors, leisure centre staff,
  • Group leaders, school minibus drivers, sports coaches, PE teachers, or
  • any staff working on site with young people involved in adventurous activities or sports.

Course duration: 2 days (2 x 6 hours)

Accreditation and recognition

This qualification is accredited by Ofqual (the official regulator of qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and appears on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).

Unit 1 First Aid Essentials (D/504/6101) focuses on assessment of the casualty and treatment of life threatening emergencies

Unit 2 Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace (T/601/3616)

Passing both units leads to the ITC Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid RQF (600/0023/0)

Note: All content is applied to adult and child casualties.

Assessment and certification

  • This course is very practical.
  • Candidates are assessed continuously by tutor observation and by a short Multiple Choice Question sheet at the end of each unit.
  • Certification from ITC First is dependent upon reaching the required standards.
  • The certificate is valid for 3 years.


  • Completion of another ITC Level 2 Activity First Aid course after 3 years



Course Content: Activity First Aid

Unit 1

  • Incident Management – a systematic approach to managing first aid incidents
  • Airway Management – causes and treatment of unconscious collapse
  • Breathing Problems – choking
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • AEDs
  • Circulation Problems – external bleeding and treatment for shock
  • Minor Injuries – small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters
  • Safe best practice –  minimise the risk of infection
  • Record keeping –  recording accidents, RIDDOR, First Aid kits

Unit 2 (typical content, depending on activity/sport)

  • Assessing for injury
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Sprains, strains, fractures
  • Head injury and eye injury
  • Neck/spine injury (including assisted roll)
  • Chest and abdominal injuries
  • Common illnesses- asthma, diabetes, heart attack, stroke
  • Heat and cold injuries
  • Protecting casualty from the environment
  • Poisoning and anaphylaxis


Package includes:

  • Interactive hands on practical training
  • Professional trainer(s) *
  • One CPR training manikin to two participants
  • Comprehensive and easy to follow manual
  • An accredited and recognised certificate valid for 3 years

* Delivery is by experienced professional trainer/assessors with an active professional interest in First Aid training. The trainer/assessors delivering this course will typically be active practitioners in their activity of choice in their own leisure time, with experience and commitment to working with groups.