A Guide to First Aid Courses

“Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents. Many of these deaths could be prevented if first aid is given before emergency services arrive.”


There is no doubt that the ability to provide First Aid in an emergency situation is an important life skill. If you are involved in an accident, visiting an elderly friend or relative who you find unconscious, or are a parent with a young child – there is a good chance each of us will be in a situation where there is a requirement for First Aid at some point in our lives.

What Will I Learn?

First Aid courses equip you with the skills you need to effectively deal with some of the most common injuries requiring emergency treatment. These include but are not limited to:


  • Anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock)
  • Burns and scalds
  • Bleeding
  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • Electricity
  • Fractures
  • Heart Attack
  • Poisoning
  • Stroke
  • Shock


By completing a First Aid course, you will know how to react and what to do in many types of emergencies – from reacting to a life threatening situation, to dealing with minor burns, cuts or bruises. You could potentially one day become a lifesaver.

There are a number of recognised First Aid courses that take place across East Berkshire.

St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and NHS Ambulance Service all provide courses throughout the year. Simply click on the links above, type in your postcode or nearest town, select the type of course and date range you require and you will be provided with a list of courses and locations.


Are All First Aid Courses the Same?

There are different types of First Aid courses tailored to suit different people’s needs and circumstances. For example, the First Aid training needs of a labourer on a building site are different to those of a carer at a nursery school. From specialist Health and Safety courses, to general First Aid in the Workplace, you will be able to find a First Aid course to match your needs.


How Much Does it Cost?

The organisations listed above deliver their courses in a number of ways. They provide onsite courses for groups as well as individuals at a location of their choice. Prices vary depending on what sort of course you require. Basic courses for individuals tend to be cheaper, with work based and more specialised courses being more expensive. For full details and prices, please visit each of the organisation’s websites.

If you would like more information on First Aid, including guidance on some common first aid situations, visit the NHS website.