Qualsafe Level 3 First Response Emergency Care (RQF) – FREC3

This entry point course covers the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care required to maximise a casualty’s chances of survival in a medical emergency.

Suitable for: Those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector, or those working in high risk workplaces. (Non-exhaustive list of suitable occupations shown below).

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Become an emergency care provider by gaining the skills and knowledge to administer safe, prompt, effective prehospital care in situations which can arise when providing emergency treatment and/or management.


  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first responder
  • Be able to assess and manage patients with life-threating and nonlife-threatening illness and injuries
  • Be able to assess and manage a patient’s airway
  • Be able to safely use an AED during a resuscitation attempt
  • Be able to administer emergency oxygen
  • Be able to assess and manage trauma patients
  • Be able to assess and manage catastrophic bleeding
  • Be able to assess and manage chest injuries
  • Know how to assess and manage wounds and eye injuries
  • Know how to assess and manage a patient with burns or scalds
  • Know how to manage a patient with sudden poisoning
  • Be able to provide emergency care to a patient with head, spinal and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Know how to identify and manage a patient experiencing breathing difficulties
  • Know how to manage a patient with anaphylaxis
  • Know how to assess and manage a patient with suspected major illness
  • Know how to manage a patient who is actively convulsing
  • Understand how to provide emergency care for the effects of environmental exposure

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QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) prehospital training

Accredited by Qualsafe and clinically endorsed by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care), this qualification fulfils the competencies set out in the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework. It is also recognised by the Security Industries Authority (SIA).

Pre-Course Reading

A hardcopy manual provided 4 weeks prior to the course which must be read in its entirety before attending. PDF copies are unavailable.


This course replaces the IHCD L2 First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSi) qualification, and forms part of a progressive suite of prehospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).


This qualification is valid for 3 years, upon which delegates can attend a refresher (3 days) for revalidation for a further 3 years.

Course Breakdown 

The Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (Level 3 RQF) comprises 3 mandatory units with a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 53 hours.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) of 35

Minimum time to complete the award: 3 weeks

Maximum time to complete the award: 20 weeks

Assessment Methods

13 x Practical assessments

3 x Theory assessments (Multiple Choice Question Papers)

4 x Skills tests and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course


There are no pre-requisites to this course, only that attendees are 17 years of age upon the first day of training.

Below is an non-exhaustative list of suitable attendees:

  • Those looking to work or volunteer as a first responder
  • Community responders
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • Those providing medical cover at festivals and events such as Emergency/Community First Responders
  • Door Supervisors
  • Close Protection Operatives
  • Security Guards
  • Aid workers in hostile or disaster-prone countries
  • Those working in high risk environments including the military, power stations, agriculture and manufacturing
  • Expedition Leaders, Journalists, Researchers, Film Crews and other offshore workers

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    Register your interest via info@kingsbridgetrainingacademy.com


    £540.00 (including VAT)


    9:00am – 5:00pm



    5 days



    Kingsbridge Training Academy
    10 Falcon Way, Boucher Road,
    Belfast, BT12 6SQ

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