AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis (RQF)

About this Qualification


The AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis qualification has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to manage casualties with anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening condition and prompt action in its recognition and management is essential to preserve life. This course provides the underpinning knowledge and appropriate skills to manage casualties and ultimately if required to perform effective basic life support until emergency assistance can arrive. The qualification is valid for 3 years and is supported by Skills for Health. Course Duration:  1 day

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements


The aim of the qualification is to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and skills to manage a casualty with anaphylaxis until further assistance from the emergency services can be obtained.

This qualification consists of  1 unit:

  • Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis

This qualification is aimed at anyone who requires a first aid qualification which covers additional training for the management of anaphylaxis.

Key Points


Name: AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Anaphylaxis (RQF)

Abbreviated Name: BLSA.

National Qualification Number: 601/5673/9

Qualification Type: RQF

Guided Learning Hours: 5
Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)

Manikins: 1 manikin required per 3 Learners

Fee per registration per candidate: £5 + VAT

Learning Outcomes


BLSA Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:

UNIT 1: Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis

1. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.

1.1 Assess the scene for danger
1.2 Assess a casualty’s level of consciousness
1.3 Demonstrate how to open a casualty’s airway and check for breathing
1.4 Demonstrate how to place an unresponsive casualty in the recovery position

2. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.

2.1 Recognise the need to commence Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
2.2 Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on a manikin

3. Know how to recognise a casualty with anaphylaxis.

3.1 Identify the common triggers for anaphylaxis
3.2 Recognise the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
3.3 Identify the possible life-threatening features of an anaphylactic reaction

4. Be able to manage a casualty with anaphylaxis.
4.1 Administer treatment to a casualty suffering from anaphylaxis; including:

  • Summoning appropriate emergency assistance
  • Casualty positioning

4.2 Prepare appropriate medication for administration during anaphylaxis treatment
4.3 Identify key features of various adrenaline auto-injectors
4.4 Demonstrate the safe use of an adrenaline auto-injector using training device
4.5 State how to safely dispose of sharps

Qualification Assessment


This qualification is assessed by Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and practical demonstrations. Multiple Choice Questions are externally set by AoFAQ, and initially marked by the approved centre. Practical demonstrations are externally set by AoFAQ and internally assessed by the approved centre. All assessments are subject to internal and external quality Assurance.

AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials


The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.

Scheme of Work:

  • This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.

PowerPoint:

  • AoFAQ have produced a professionally designed PowerPoint that maps the Learning Outcomes to assist the Trainer in presentation of the course. A sample of the slides can be seen in the above graphic.

All these items are available FREE of charge to AoFAQ Approved Centres.

Trainer, Assessor and IQA Requirements


Trainer, Assessor Requirements

Trainers/Assessors must:

Subject knowledge or experience 

  • Holding a current First Aid at Work Certificate (issued by an Ofqual/SQA/Welsh Government recognised Awarding Organisation/Body, an HSE approved training provider or recognised equivalent) or
  • Holding a current Offshore First Aid Certificate issued by an HSE approved training
    provider or
  • Current registration as a Doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC) or
  • Current registration as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or
  • Current registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    or
  • Current First Person on Scene (Intermediate) qualification
  • Teaching/Assessor qualifications
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Certificate in Education (CERT ED)
  • Diploma in Education (DIP ED)
  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
  • Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
  • Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
  • Professional trainer certificate
  • IHCD Instructional methods course
  • Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development
  • CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice
  • Proof of 30 hours of training in any subject (must be verifiable)
    If your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us

Internal Quality Assurers

Internal Quality Assurers must:

Those involved in the internal quality assurance of these qualifications (IQA’s) must have knowledge and competency in the subject field as well as knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance.

An acceptable portfolio must show:

  • Occupational knowledge and competence in the subject ‐ evidenced by:
    – Holding a relevant subject qualification or suitable experience
  • Knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance – evidenced by:
    – Holding a qualification/completing CPD training or working towards a suitable qualification.

Internal Quality Assurers must:

  •  Have knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they
    are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place.
  •  Have knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors.
    – Visit and observe assessments.
    – Carry out other related internal quality assurance.
  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment
  • RQF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
    V1 or D34Note: This list is not exhaustive.Note: It is understood that not all IQA’s will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time Centres should ensure that IQA’s are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally monitor and maintain the quality of assessment.

Links and Downloads


Information Links
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid Section http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/
Anaphylaxis Campaign Anaphylaxis
Resuscitation Council UK Resuscitation Council UK
Qualification Specification Qualification Specification L2 BLS and Anaphylaxis