First Aid

Each year, the Union hosts a range a First Aid courses for students at Imperial. The courses are largely aimed at our volunteers, specifically those undertaking high-risk activities as part of our many Clubs, Societies & Projects, however the courses are open to all. The courses are heavily subsidized by the Union and are tailored towards the different needs of CSPs. If you are interested in attending a course, please have a look at our Online Shop for the latest ones on offer. If there are no courses available at this time, you can register your interest with us, by signing up to our mailing list (see menu to the right) and we will be in touch when the next course is available. 


General First Aid (Emergency FA at Work)

This 1 day course covers a range of life-saving skills such as unresponsiveness, heart attack, choking and seizures.

The course is run by Tigerlily First Aid training and is valid for 3 years. More information about the course can be found on their website.

RRP: ~£50 pp
Price: £30 pp (18/19)

Fitness First Aid (formely pitchside)

This 1 day course allows successful attendees to gain the Level 3 Award in First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness (RQF), valid for 3 years upon successful completion of the course.

First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness is a great introduction to first aid in a sports environment, providing the essential knowledge, skills and decisions for all first aiders in the sports sector.

Course content includes:

  • Sports specific practical scenario training
  • Primary Survey & vital sign
  • Airway Management; safe airway positions & dealing with gum shields
  • Return to play decisions following on field assessment using SALTAPS
  • Recognition of concussion; use of Maddock's questions
  • Soft tissue injuries, strains and sprains; when to and when not to use ice
  • CPR Resuscitation procedures; single and multi-person scenarios
  • Safe use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Choking

More information about the course can be found on the React First website.

RRP: ~£59 pp
Price: £40 pp (18/19)

Fieldwork/Outfoor First Aid

This 2 day course is designed specifically to meet the needs of those undertaking fieldwork or outdoor activities in remote areas.

An ambulance could be hours away, so trainers give you the practical skills and confidence you need to care for an injured or ill club member until professional help arrives. This course is designed to go beyond basic first aid and give you as a student volunteers, key first aid skills you need when working in remote environments. More importantly it will give you the confidence to use those skills effectively in the field.

Typical course contents include:

  • Introduction, mountain rescue, mountain survival
  • Fieldwork planning and safety in the hills and mountains
  • Scene assessment, communication & delegation
  • Safety & hygiene, communicable diseases (e.g. HIV)
  • Primary survey-trauma/non-trauma (recovery postn./imobilisation)
  • The “chain of survival” - relevance & application of CPR in the hills
  • Choking
  • First aid kits for fieldwork
  • Control of bleeding, serious bleeding in the hills and pressure points
  • Shock - types, treatment and importance when help is delayed
  • Recognising and treating injuries in the outdoor environment
  • Practical sessions on spinal immobilisation and moving patients
  • Environmental problems: heat, cold, altitude
  • Reporting of accidents at work and in the hills

The course is recognised by the Royal Geographical Society among other professional bodies. More information about the course can be found on the Marlin Training website.

RRP: ~£150 pp
Price: £65 pp (18/19)

Tariffs are correct as of the 2018/19 academic year 

Booking onto a course

All spaces on our First Aid courses are advertised throughout the year via the Union Online Shop. If you have any enquiries around First Aid training, please contact the Student Activities team.

For more detailed information on what knowledge/skills each course courses, please refer the the First Aid Training Course Matrix below.