Emergency Paediatric First Aid Award SCQF level 6

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid at SCQF level 6 will equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to administer paediatric first aid and assist them in gaining employment in a childcare environment.

The Award develops basic skills in emergency paediatric first aid and focuses on the role and responsibilities of the paediatric first aider and on knowing how to deal with emergency situations safely.

Practical activities include:

  • providing first aid to a child who is unresponsive
  • providing first aid in choking situations
  • providing first aid to a child in shock
  • controlling external bleeding
  • administering first aid for bites, stings and minor injuries

Covid-19 guidance - updated November 2023

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): guidance on face-to-face classroom training for regulated First Aid qualifications  (151 KB)

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid is a trusted qualification having been developed by the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum and accredited by SQA Accreditation.

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid is delivered in a minimum of six hours (excluding breaks) over a maximum of three weeks. Delivery sessions should be a minimum of two hours. The learner-trainer ratio is a maximum of 12 to 1.

A blended learning approach can be taken to the delivery of the award. However, the time taken to complete the course should not be reduced and a minimum of two-thirds of the training time (four hours) must be face-to-face.

Successful completion of this qualification would enable a learner to progress to the Award in Paediatric First Aid or to employment.

The achievement of (GT7X 46), Award in First Aid at Work, is a prerequisite to the Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid and will contribute towards its successful completion.

This qualification is suitable for those working with children - for example, nursery and school staff, childminders, parent helpers.

It is also suitable for other learners who wish to develop their first aid skills further in the area of paediatric first aid.


GT7X 46 First Aid at Work, or equivalent regulated qualification in first aid at work.

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid may provide continuing professional development or progression opportunities for those working in a childcare environment - for example, a nursery teacher, school teacher, classroom assistant, or childminder. It also provides progression to the Award in Paediatric First Aid at SCQF level 6.

Centres interested in offering this qualification require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide

There are additional specific requirements for trainers, assessors and internal verifiers for the Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid. These can be found in the Assessment Strategy and Guidance for the Award in Emergency First Aid.

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

There is also specific information provided on how certain assessment criteria should be assessed. The learner must achieve all of the assessment criteria in order to achieve the unit and ultimately the group award.

Group award code: GT7V 46 (43 KB)

The Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid at SCQF level 6 consists of one mandatory Unit (1 SCQF credit point). Please refer to the Qualification Structure for details of the units making up this qualification.

We have introduced enhanced quality assurance processes for Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualifications to comply with qualification and regulatory requirements.  These additional measures will operate alongside our standard quality assurance processes and comprise of two distinct components: unannounced activity and indirect claim status. 

Unannounced activity

SQA undertakes unannounced activity to ensure that standards and conditions of assessments are being met and maintained. 

Centres delivering assessments for these qualifications must advise SQA a minimum of 5 working days prior to the assessment taking place by completing the MS Form available in the Quality Assurance section of the website.

As stated within the ‘Assessment Strategy and Guidance’ document, the theory parts of the assessment should be delivered in closed-book, supervised conditions.  In accordance with the requirements for assessment, as outlined in the strategy and guidance document, assessors may choose to:

  • Deliver as one assessment
  • Assess questions at various appropriate points throughout the course

When notifying SQA using the MS Form, please advise us of the approximate time(s) of the closed book assessment.  When assessments are taking place throughout the day, you can advise us of more than one assessment time on the form in the ‘Time of Assessment’ box. 


Indirect Claim Status

Indirect claim status will be applied to centres coming forward for approval for Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work qualifications, either as a first time SQA centre, or at an existing SQA approved centre.

In practice, this means that prior to certificating candidates, a successful qualification verification activity has to take place.  Further information and guidance on the indirect claim status process is available in the Quality Assurance section of the website