Blended Learning – Frequently Asked Questions

The HSE has announced that blended learning is now an accepted means by which workplace first aid training can be delivered. As such, we are delighted to announce that we will be launching our brand new blended learning system to Centres in 2018. With Qualsafe Awards’ commitment to providing the highest possible quality, this means you will not only be able to provide your customers with the most up-to-date training methods that meet the highest industry standards, you can also be confident that you are using the UK’s No 1 blended learning system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is blended learning?

Blended learning refers to a course that is delivered using a combination of face-to-face classroom training and electronic distance based training (e-learning).

Which qualifications will be available in a blended learning format?

Initially we will be releasing the QA Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF) and QA Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) qualifications in a blended learning format. Further qualifications will also be launched in 2018, including the QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification.

How will blended learning change the structure of first aid courses and assessment?

It has been agreed that Learners attending a blended learning first aid course should complete no more than a third of this online and that the general practical elements of the course should be delivered via face-to-face training.

As such, the structure of a blended learning first aid course will be as follows:

  1. Learner completes a third of their course online, learning many theory based subjects
  2. Learner attends a face-to-face classroom session where they:
    1. Begin by undertaking an assessment to test their online learning
    2. If successful in their assessment, complete the remaining two-thirds of their course via face-to-face training, including assessment in these topics

The overall time taken to complete a first aid course will not change.

The structure of non-blended learning first aid courses will not be affected.

Can Centres track their Learners’ progress online?

Yes. Centres will have access to a fantastic new part of the Qualsafe Awards Customer Portal that will allow them to enrol their Learners onto the online part of their qualification and then track their progress to ensure they have undertaken this prior to their face-to-face training.

I am a Qualsafe Awards Centre – do I need to apply for approval for the blended learning system?

Existing Qualsafe Awards Centres who are already approved to deliver the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) and QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) qualifications will automatically be approved to deliver the blended learning versions of these qualifications. Once our new blended learning system is launched, Centres should speak to their Customer Relationship Executive in order to arrange access to this part of the Customer Portal.

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