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Care Certificate Standard 12 Answers: Basic Life Support


To complete standard 12 of the Care Certificate, you will need to attend practical basic life support training that meets the UK resuscitation council guidelines.

This includes the chain of survival, CPR, choking and using a defibrillator.


Your training should be tailored to the age range of the individuals you will be working with.

The information on this page has been updated and quality assured for 2023.


Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria

  • 12.1 Provide basic life support
    • Be able to carry out basic life support. Complete practical Basic Life Support Training that meets the UK Resuscitation Council guidelines.
      • If working with Adults in health and social care they will undertake training in adult basic life support.
      • If working with Paediatric patients in health they will undertake training in paediatric basic life support.
      • If working with Newborn patients in health they will undertake training in newborn life support.

Although there is only one learning outcome, a lot will be covered during your basic life support training.


Care Certificate Standard 12 Workbook Answers

This page contains exemplary answers for all the questions in the workbook for standard 12 of The Care Certificate – Basic Life Support.


The blank workbook for standard 11 can be downloaded from the Skills for Care website (PDF format)

Accompanying Video


Activity 12.1a

Complete the following sentence with the missing words.


You should be provided with practical training by your employer to be able to put this knowledge into practice and in order to be able to carry out basic life support competently.

Activity 12.2


Basic life support consists of four elements. From the list below can you find two of them? (Place ticks beside the two.)

  • Initial assessment (primary survey)
  • Airway maintenance and breathing
  • CPR

NOTE: The list contains three elements of basic life support – I’m not sure why it only asks for two!

Activity 12.3


Link the word on the left to the correct description on the right.

  1. Prior to approaching the casualty visually check the area for DANGER
  2. RESPONSE: Use the ‘AVPU’ scale when checking for this
  3. DEFIBRILLATION: This should be used alongside CPR
  4. AIRWAY: We need to open this to check for breathing
  5. BREATHING: We need to check for no more than 10 seconds for this
  6. If not breathing commence CALL 999/CIRCULATION

Activity 12.4

Answer the question by filling in the blanks using the numbers provided.

  1. Seconds to take to check normal breathing: 10
  2. Rate of compressions given per minute during CPR: 100-120
  3. Number of breaths given in a cycle of CPR: 2
  4. Number dialled for ambulance services: 999

Activity 12.5


Regarding a choking casualty (adult): please place the following in order of action by labelling them 1–4.

  1. Encourage the casualty to cough
  2. Give up to five back blows
  3. Give up to five abdominal thrusts
  4. Start CPR if the casualty becomes unresponsive
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