First Aid Awards (FAA) Level 3 Award – Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis

Accredited Qualification

First Aid Awards (FAA) Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis Quality Control Framework (QCF)

Who should take this course?

This qualification is suitable for all First Aiders and healthcare professionals, as well as those in a high risk environment where such medication is available.

Course Overview

This qualification enables Learners to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of first aid situations including managing a casualty with anaphylaxis. It is based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. To benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the training.
  • Be physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) syllabus.
  • Be in attendance for the entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for the Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis certificate.
  • To benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.

Course Duration

The Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis course is a classroom-based course of 6 contact hours (excluding breaks).

Course Content

The course is made up of practical and theoretical sessions delivered by your instructor who will provide a detailed course programme.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe anaphylaxis
  • Identify triggers for anaphylaxis
  • Describe life threatening problems associated with the:
    – Airway
    – Breathing
    – Circulation
    – Disability (Neurological status)
    – Exposure (Skin and mucosal changes)
  • Explain the need for an early call for help
  • Explain the treatment for anaphylaxis:
    – Non re-breather mask
    – Removal of trigger
    – Auto-injector
  • Identify key features of adrenaline-auto injectors
  • Conduct an initial assessment using the ABCDE approach
  • Demonstrate a recovery position
  • Demonstrate resuscitation for adult and/or child
  • Recognise the need to use an auto-injector
  • Prepare medication for administration during anaphylaxis treatment
  • Demonstrate the safe use of an adrenaline auto-injector using a training device
  • Safely dispose of sharps according to agreed ways of working
  • Handover the casualty to a medical professional


A range of methods are used to assess the learner, including, practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).


An A5 Instruct UK – Management of Anaphylaxis booklet is provided for each learner.


The FAA Level 3 Award in Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis (QCF) is valid for a period of 3 years. To renew the qualification, learners will need to retake the full course. However, it is recommended that during the 3-year period, the learners attend annual refresher courses.