First Aid for Life specialises in teaching first aid for schools and clubs and empowering young people with the skills to help in an emergency. We routinely work with schools, youth groups, guides, scouts and associated groups to train young people to keep each other safe and to understand how to help if faced with a medical emergency.

In addition to our practical courses, we have online first aid training where people can learn vital skills and extend their first aid knowledge on their smart phones and mobile devices.

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How First Aid can augment the curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early learning goals:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Problem solving
  • Physical development.

Key stage 1


  • 3a – How to make simple choices that improve health and wellbeing
  • 3b – To maintain personal hygiene
  • 3c – How some diseases spread and can be controlled
  • 3e – The names of the main parts of the body
  • 3f – All household products, including medicines, can be harmful if not used properly
  • 3g – Rules for, and ways of, keeping safe, including basic road safety, and about people who can help them to stay safe.


  • Health and safety.

Key stage 2

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  • 3b – That bacteria and viruses can affect health and that following simple, safe routines can reduce their spread
  • 3d – Which commonly available substances and drugs are legal and illegal, their effects and risks
  • 3e – Recognising risks in different situations and deciding how to behave responsibly, including sensible road use, and judging what kind of physical contact is acceptable or unacceptable
  • 3g – School rules about health and safety, basic emergency aid procedures and where to get help.


  • Sc2 2c – Circulation: the heart acts as a pump to circulate the blood through vessels around the body, including through the lungs
  • Sc2 2e – Movement: humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to support and protect their bodies and help them to move
  • Sc2 2g – Health: the effects on the human body of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and how these relate to personal health
  • Health and safety: recognising that there are hazards in living things, materials and physical processes. Assessing risks and taking action to reduce risks to themselves and others.

Physical Education

  • 4d – Why wearing appropriate clothing and being hygienic is good for their health and safety.

Key stage 3

PSHE: Personal wellbeing

  • 3g – Ways of recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations
  • 3h – Knowledge of basic first aid.


  • 2.1b – Practical and enquiry skills: assessing risk and working safely in the laboratory, field and workplace
  • 3.3a – Organisms, behaviour and health: conception, growth, development, behaviour and health can be affected by diet, drugs and disease.

Physical education

  • 2.2d – Recognising hazards and making decisions about how to control any risks to themselves and others.

Key stage 4

PSHE: Personal wellbeing

  • 2.2a – Using knowledge and understanding to make informed choices about safety, health and wellbeing, evaluating personal choices and making changes if necessary
  • 2.2c – Assessing and managing risk in personal choices and situations, minimising harm in risky situations and demonstrating how to help others to do so
  • 3e – Where and how to obtain health information: how to recognise and follow health and safety procedures; ways of reducing risk and minimising harm in risky situations; how to find sources of emergency help; how to use basic and emergency first aid.

Physical Education

  • 2.2d – Organising and managing the environment they are working in to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.


  • 5e – Organisms and Health: human health is affected by a range of environmental and inherited factors, by the use and misuse of drugs and by medical treatments.

Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Certificate and Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Diplomas in Sport

Unit 2 – Health, safety and injury in sport

Learning outcomes

  1. Know the different types of injuries and illness associated with sports participation
  2. Able to deal with injuries and illnesses associated with sports participation.

Grading criteria

  • P3 – describe four different types of injuries associated with sports participation and their underlying causes
  • M4 – deal with casualties suffering from three different injuries and/or illnesses.

Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership

Log roll with a suspected spinal injury

In order to complete the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership, participants must gain a first aid certificate.

This should include:

  • Understanding the role of the first aider
  • Communicating effectively and managing an incident
  • Looking after yourself and the casualty
  • Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) promptly and effectively
  • Administering first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who:
    • is choking
    • is bleeding
    • is in shock.
  • Administering first aid safely, promptly and effectively to an unconscious casualty
  • Providing appropriate first aid for minor injuries
  • Reporting accidents in the appropriate manner.

First Aid is also a vital skill for young people undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, working towards Sports Leadership and coaching qualifications and for babysitting.

It is also a life-saving skill to have as young people begin to experiment with alcohol and stretch boundaries – teenagers are definitely safer and more aware of potential risks, once they have joined one of our courses.

The courses are practical, engaging and fun and prove extremely popular.

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