glossary

Modular

By modular we mean that we offer a series of stand alone courses which are certificated, approved and have purpose in their own right.

Progressive

By progressive we mean that each course builds upon the knowledge, experience and skills of the previous course providing reinforcement of the essentials so that participants become advanced at the basics.


The advantages of modular, progressive courses

Participants can come back to progress through the scheme at a later date as their needs develop. For example, you may do an Emergency Action (1 day) course in September, receiving that certificate. Then decide to enhance that award because an Emergency certificate is required (e.g. for NGB purposes) in October. Only day 2 of the Emergency course needs to be attended. Then the two day course is the first 2 days of the 4 day courses and so on.

Following our blueprint internal consistency between trainers and courses allows for progressive transfer between venues. For example three day-1 courses (Emergency Action) in early March would allow a few participants from each course to progress to a viable day-2 course (Emergency) in say early April.

A flexible blueprint allows for consistent standards yet tailored courses for any specific requirements e.g. industry, watersports, leisure, etc.


Immediate Temporary Care (ITC)

ITC First Aid Ltd (ITC) is an awarding body recognised by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA) and has the rigorous quality assurance and robust, transparent governance that is demanded by this organisation. The ITC Outdoor First Aid Qualification is recognised by the Sector Skills Council (SSC), appearing upon the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), the Open Qualifications Network and the Learning Aims Database (LAD) supported by the Learning Skills Council (LSC).

Immediate Temporary Care is the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) approved organisational arm of ITC First Aid Ltd and follows the quality assurance systems demanded by FAAMS (First Aid Approvals & Monitoring Section) of the HSE for the purposes of delivering First Aid at Work. As such Immediate Temporary Care has the HSE approval number 1670/96. Although the HSE only approve and monitor First Aid at Work training courses many institutions requiring some form of first aid training will use this approval number to recognise the competency of a certificating body for various other sectors of first aid training.

ITC has a committee structure including a 'technical committee' that actively researches current national and international standards. Where appropriate training courses are benchmarked to current UK National Occupational Standards (NOC) and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines.

ITC is a member of professional bodies associated with a professional awarding body function within the first aid training sector, including the Association of First Aid Training Organisations (AFAWTO) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).


Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is the regulatory body for external examinations in England and oversees qualifications developed by awarding bodies. Together with its partner regulatory authorities in Wales (ACCAC) and Northern Ireland (CCEA), QCA is developing a coherent and transparent National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to guarantee quality and standards, meeting the full range of needs of learners and those who provide education, employment and training.

Qualifications admitted to the framework fall within one of three categories: general, vocation-related and occupational and are assigned to one of six levels: Entry Level, plus Levels 1-5. These levels are distinguished by the degree of knowledge, skills and understanding, autonomy, analysis and creative thinking within the qualification.

Qualifications developed by awarding bodies must undergo accreditation for admission to the framework. In England, this is the responsibility of QCA. During the process, advice is sought from a range of subject/sector experts. Following accreditation, these qualifications may be delivered in centres approved by awarding bodies. In England only qualifications that are part of the NQF receive qualification funding from the Learning and Skills Council.