First aid for the public

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We offer public first aid courses covering life saving skills that are suitable for everyone. We offer a simplified way of learning basic first aid skills. 

We also offer first aid courses designed to treat babies and children of 0-puberty.

You don’t need to have any previous first aid knowledge or experience as our public courses include lots of practical exercises to give you confidence in dealing with a real life emergency.

Our friendly, experienced trainers will teach you easy to learn first aid skills, and explain how and why they work.

Learn online

If you are unable to attend a face to face course, Everyday First Aid online from the British Red Cross is a free e-learning website which enables you to learn basic first aid skills at your own pace and in a variety of ways.

It features real people in real-life scenarios and allows you to learn skills through watching videos and written text, with additional information in question-and-answer sections.

There’s even a quiz to test your knowledge, after which you can download and print a certificate as a record of your learning.

Venues and group bookings

Our public first aid training courses are scheduled in hundreds of training locations throughout the UK. 

Group bookings are available on all of our general public courses. This can be a cost effective and fun way to learn first aid.

HSE accredited courses

General public courses are not suitable for those needing a first aid at work certificate to comply with health and safety requirements.

If you require a first aid at work (FAW) certificate to comply with HSE requirements please visit our first aid at work section.

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