East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service

***New dates & courses added for 2021-22***


Course Title Date(s) Venue
Emergency First Aid at Work (1 full day) 23/08/21


Port Seton Community Centre
First Aid at Work (3 full days) 06/09/21 – 08/09/21

27/09/21 – 29/09/21


Day 1 & Day 3 – Port Seton Community Centre

Day 2 – online via Google

Paediatric First Aid (2 full days)


18/08/21 AND 20/08/21 Port Seton Community Centre
First Aid for Mental Health (2 full days) 21/09/21 AND 22/09/21 TBC – Delivered and assessed online via Google OR Port Seton Community Centre
Youth First Aid for Mental Health

(1 full day) **new course**

13/09/21 TBC – Delivered and assessed online via Google OR Port Seton Community Centre
All courses are regulated workplace qualifications.

Certificates are accredited by SQA / Ofqual and are valid for 3 years.

 View our full Course Calendar where you will find all course information and costs.  A Booking Form can be downloaded from our website. Please return to firstaidtraining@elcschool.org.uk

More dates will be confirmed in August – if you can’t see the course you’re looking for or would like to make an enquiry please call 0131 653 5217 or use this link to get in touch.

Our Full Range of First Aid Courses

 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) is a 1 Day course covering the role and responsibilities of the first aider, use of available equipment, assessing an incident, unresponsive casualty, non-breathing casualty, AED training, choking casualty, blood loss and shock, minor injuries and burns.  It is suitable for those working in low-risk environments such as offices and shops.  This course is based on adult casualties.  SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

3 Day First Aid at Work (FAW) & FAW Requalification (RFAW) training covers the EFAW syllabus plus: injuries to bones, muscles & joints, head & spinal trauma, chest & abdominal injuries, eye injuries; chemical & electrical burns; sudden poisoning; anaphylaxis; diabetes; sepsis; stroke; heart attack; asthma; epilepsy and extremes of temperature. This course is recommended for higher-risk environments involving light engineering, assembly work, food processing, warehousing, dangerous/sharp machinery, construction or chemical manufacture or customer-facing staff who may have to deal with medical emergencies and or substance misuse.   HSE strongly recommend that schools also consider this level of training based on the nature of risk associated with pupils.  This course is based on adult casualties.  The requalification course is 2 days.  SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

Paediatric First Aid (PFA) training is recommended as best practice for those working in Early Years settings or looking after young children in any professional capacity. The Care Inspectorate and Ofqual suggest that a Paediatric First Aider should be available at all times young children are on the premises.  The syllabus covers a comprehensive range of childhood injuries and illnesses.  It is widely acknowledged that paediatric first aiders may also have to render first aid to an adult colleague, so adult first aid protocols are also included where relevant.  Employees with this qualification DO NOT need to complete the First Aid at Work qualification as this is also a workplace course at the same level.  The 1 Day Emergency Paediatric First Aid is available for group bookings only and covers the roles and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider as well as: unconscious child/baby, paediatric resuscitation, choking child/baby, wound, bleeding and minor injuries.  These are SQA accredited workplace courses.   Regular scheduled courses.

First Aid for Mental Health – In the UK alone one in four people will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime.  First Aid for Mental Health is the initial care provided to a person experiencing a mental health problem until professional help is received or the crisis resolved. This regulated qualification teaches learners to recognise the warning signs of mental ill health and offer an immediate first aid response to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  Good mental health and wellbeing is one of the most valuable assets to any organisation; this course looks at how we can implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.  HSE explicitly refers to Mental Ill Health and First Aid in their guidance on First Aid Needs Assessments – ‘whether work-related stress is a key factor or aggravating other problems, steps must be taken to remove risk or reduce it as much as possible’.  A Level 4, half-day course is available for secondary school students and can be arranged on request.  SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

First Aid for Youth Mental Health This qualification is suitable for anyone who actively connects with children and young people e.g parents, carers, teachers, youth/community group leaders, sports coaches and young adults. The course has been designed with children and young people in mind.  It looks at the risk factors affecting young people in particular and covers topics such as anxiety & depression, self-harm, eating disorders, suicide and bullying.  It will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to identify a potential mental health crisis, start a supportive conversation, and provide a young person with support and guidance to professional help. SQA accredited. Regular scheduled courses.

Our Outdoor First Aid courses validate all National Governing Body awards. Duration is 16 hours and covers a wide range of first aid scenarios and topics including: first aid equipment, assessing a situation, prioritising treatment, environmental factors, moving a casualty, fractures and spinal injuries, head injuries, sprains and strains, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, frostbite, drowning, poisoning, blood loss and shock.  Certificates are valid for 3 years.  Regular scheduled courses.

Basic Life Support (CPR & AED training) is a half-day practical course focusing on basic life-support techniques including resuscitation.  Every year in the UK there are around 60,000 ‘Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests’.  More lives could be saved with the use of a defibrillator (AED) and thankfully we have access to a lot more of them in communities and workplaces.  This course will enable you to use an AED safely and with confidence.  Learners receive an accredited certificate, valid for 3 years.  No prior first aid knowledge required.  Courses by arrangement.

Forestry First Aid is an essential ‘bolt-on’ module for those working in the forestry and agricultural sectors, particularly involving machinery and ‘core operations’ such as harvesting, fencing or remote working.  The syllabus includes managing a first aid emergency when medical assistance is more than 30 minutes away; suspension trauma; catastrophic bleeding; crush injuries; hypothermia and Lyme Disease.  Learners must have a current First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work certificate to qualify for this course.   Course duration 2-3 hours.  Ofqual accredited. Courses by arrangement.

Management of Catastrophic Bleeding

This top-up course can be bolted on to other training or delivered as a standalone half-day course.  It provides learners with the skills and knowledge to control a life-threatening bleed (where bleeding from an artery or vein can’t be controlled by direct pressure) and includes dealing with the inherent dangers associated with the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings.  Crucial training if you work with potentially dangerous machinery, work remotely or are classed as a lone worker.  Certificates valid for 3 years.  Courses by arrangement.

Management of Anaphylaxis is a half-day specialist course aimed at those who have responsibility for looking after young people with severe allergies.  Also covers asthma management.  It is also a useful ‘bolt-on’ for those who have an existing first aid certificate as it covers both topics in greater depth including: causes and triggers, symptoms and recognition, first aid treatment, safe use of medication and advice for the school setting / workplace.  Ofqual accredited. Courses by arrangement.

Activity First Aid is a nationally recognised qualification designed for those are involved in sports coaching or community groups.  This course is delivered over 2 days and gives learners the knowledge and skills to treat a range of conditions that could occur during any form of physical activity.  Topics include:  managing equipment; unresponsive casualty; resuscitation; head, neck and back injuries; chest and abdominal injuries; fractures; bleeding; shock; burns; eye injuries; choking; poisoning; anaphylaxis; asthma; diabetes; epilepsy and seizures; treatment for hot and cold temperatures; minor injuries and sprains/strains/dislocations. Ofqual accredited. Courses by arrangement.

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