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FFA Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (Level 3 RQF)

This 2-Day course goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals. It covers the content of both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications but is aimed at Trainer/Assessors and/or supervisor level within the workplace.

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) 

Qualification Delivery

The qualification has 12 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 14 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 12 hours can be spread over a maximum of 6 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?

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Identifying mental health conditions

  • Self-harm

  • Providing advice and starting a conversation

  • Suicide

  • Stress

  • Eating disorders

  • Mental health conditions

  • Personality disorders

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Bipolar disorder

  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan

  • Psychosis

  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace

  • Schizophrenia

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

Entry Requirements

The qualification is available to learners aged 16 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 two written assessment papers and the practical demonstration of the first aid action plan for mental health. Learners must successfully pass all parts of the assessment to be awarded the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.


A Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. 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.

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