Dear Learner

We welcome you to this learning programme – ADVANCED FIRST AID.

Congratulations on choosing to upgrade your skills. We believe that this is one of many learning programmes that will develop and improve your skills.

Over the past couple of years, South Africa has made a significant shift from the old dispensation in education (where learners used to be bombarded with theory and very little practical work) to an outcomes-based education model (based on competency rather than on theory). The aim of the shift is to make the South African labour force more productive and show them how to apply the knowledge that they have gained from training programmes.

The learning programme you are about to start is outcomes-based and in line with the outcomes as stipulated in the applicable unit standard. The assessment is also in line with the assessment criteria as stipulated in the unit standard. Once you have been declared competent on the outcomes of this unit standard, you will receive credits towards a nationally recognised qualification.

You will be assessed formatively and summatively. The formative assessment will be conducted as you work through the lessons of this Study Guide and the summative assessment will be conducted when you have completed your training. Assessment can also be defined as the method that is used to determine whether you have mastered the skills that you will be taught during this learning programme. Assessment usually consists of two components, namely instructional learning  (as conducted during this learning programme) and the workplace assessment – to determine your practical skills and your ability to implement what you have learnt.

The purpose with the Practical Guide Logbook (which will be handed to you by your assessor) will be to assess whether you can apply what you have learnt in the workplace.

Another added advantage to the new dispensation is the fact that recognition of prior learning is also considered and can count towards achieving credits towards a skills programme or qualification. Life experience, work experience and previous courses attended can be taken into consideration for recognition of prior learning purposes, should it relate to the specific learning programme or qualification you are working towards. This is merely a brief description to the new dispensation and barely covers what one can learn about this.

So, you will undergo theoretical training, receive your Practical Guide Logbook and Learner Assessment Workbook & Portfolio of Evidence. These documents contain the requirements for your summative assessments that must be included in the PoE. At this point, you and your assessor will sign the Assessment Plan and your assessment will commence! You will be guided all the way.

We hope that this makes you as excited as it does us and it is a real privilege for us to be able to facilitate and assess you on the outcomes of the unit standard that we are about to start.

Please feel free to communicate any questions to your facilitator or to your assessor.

Remember, look out for the following icons in your Study Guide:

This icon indicates an activity that must be completed in or during training (Class Work

This icon indicates an activity that must be completed and placed in your Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).