FFA Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (Level 1 RQF)
This 1⁄2-Day course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a
conversation and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.
This qualification is regulated in the UK and awarded by First Aid Awards. FAA are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. The qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
The qualification has 4 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 5 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of classroom contact hours that the learner will undertake. TQT includes GLH but also takes into account any unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to complete the qualification. The minimum classroom contact time of 4 hours can be spread over a maximum of 2 weeks. Each session must be a minimum of two hours. The class ratio for the qualification is a maximum of 16 learners to 1 Trainer/Assessor.
A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:
What is First Aid for Mental Health?
Identifying mental health conditions
Providing advice and starting a conversation
Mental health conditions
The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over. It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification.
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
A regulated qualification has set learning outcomes and assessment criteria. The qualification is assessed through a written assessment paper which the learner must successfully pass to be awarded the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.
This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will
need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.