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QA First Response Emergency Care Level 3 (RQF)

Duration: 5 days
Group size: 6
Per person: £420 inc. VAT

Dates available 
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th December 2024

We offer the 5 day FREC 3 training course at our centre in Hailsham, East Sussex. We also run ‘on site’ courses at your premises or at a local venue of your choice.


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The leading qualification for events cover, the Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (Level 3 RQF) covers the full range of skills required by the HSE for first aid, and more! For those with further ambitions, it also forms the first step of a programme to become a Paramedic in 2 years.

Over 5 days, you will fulfil the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, gaining the knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with a range of prehospital emergency care situations. A perfect fit for those looking to work or volunteer as a first responder.

Among the first to arrive at a scene, First Responders typically includes law enforcement officers, firefighters, and those providing medical cover at events, as well as those working in high risk environments including the military, power stations, agriculture and manufacturing.

Course content

Roles and responsibilities:

Assessment method

The Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (Level 3 RQF) skills and knowledge should be taught and assessed in accordance with currently accepted prehospital care practice in the UK.

Qualsafe Awards has devised externally set, internally marked assessment tools to make sure Learners are assessed against the required knowledge, skills and understanding, as detailed in the learning outcomes and assessment criteria shown. For each unit there are:

Practical assessments/skills tests – observed by the Trainer throughout the course, with the results of each learning outcome recorded on the practical assessment paperwork.
There are 6 practical assessments/skills tests for this qualification:

Component 1:

  • Basic life support and AED
  • Airway and ventilation management

Component 2:

  • Assessment and treatment of trauma 1
  • Assessment and treatment of trauma 2

Qualification Overview

This qualification forms part of the QA Prehospital Care suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • The Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Assessment Principles for Regulated First Aid Qualifications
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC)

This QA qualification is:

  • For people who work or hope to work as first response emergency care providers in various job sectors
  • Based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

This qualification should give Learners a level of knowledge and skills associated with Level D of the FPHC Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework to deal with a range of prehospital emergency care situations.

This qualification specification provides information for Centres about the delivery of the Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (Level 3 RQF) and includes the unit and its components information, assessment methods and quality assurance arrangements.

Aim of Qualification

The objective of the qualification is to benefit Learners by enabling them to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of prehospital emergency care situations.

Intended Audience

This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide prehospital care to patients requiring emergency care/treatment. It is ideal for those looking to progress their careers within the emergency services, ambulance services, healthcare settings and supports specialist medical roles within law enforcement and security, energy and utilities, construction and military.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training. There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and a basic understanding of first aid.

Requalification Requirements

This qualification is valid for a period of 3 years. The Learner needs to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified. Requalification training should be delivered in no less than 21 hours (3 days) excluding breaks.


The Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (Level 3 RQF) qualification may be used towards other qualifications at the same and higher levels including QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (L4 FREC) (RQF). Entry to FREC 4 includes completion of 118 hours of contextualised learning at level 3, which must be evidenced by a CPD portfolio. In addition this qualification may aid career progression in a relevant profession.

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The training venue should be quiet and undisturbed. Staff should not be expected to be on duty. Staff attending should remain for the entire length of the session. Private course price £2400 inc VAT.

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