First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (Level 5) (FREC5)


FPOS-BookThe Level 3 Award in the First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) qualification has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to stabilise a patient for up to forty minutes until an ambulance or other pre-hospital care provider arrives.

The knowledge and skills taught as part of the course are designed for the first person on scene to intervene within a scope of practice to utilise lifesaving interventions to preserve life and prevent deterioration of the patient.

Clinical endorsement of the qualification is by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Association of First Aiders.



CourseFirst Response Emergency Care
Course TypeRegulated RQF - Level 3
Awarding OrganisationQualsafe Awards
Guided Learning Hours35 (minimum 5 days)
Certificate Validity3 Years


The qualification meets grade descriptor C of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine framework, and on completion of the qualification, learners will be eligible to apply to the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care for Level 3 Membership.

The course is an intensive course that requires 6 hours guided learning, along with an additional 24 hours tutor contact in the classroom. This is usually run over 4 days, with the assessments run on the final afternoon; but we are able to tailor the course to suit individual or group requirements such as evening and weekend courses.


Requalification Requirements

This qualification is valid for 3 years. Once the qualification has expired, or due to expire the learner is required to re undertake the course again in order to maintain the qualification. Requalification training and assessment must be conducted in a minimum of 20 contact hours.

This qualification is suited to persons or roles such as:

  • Community First Responders
  • Police, Fire or other emergency services
  • Military
  • First AId Trainers
  • Security
  • Close Protection
  • Stewards
  • Event Medical Industry
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Cabin Crew


Learner ID Requirements

Learners are required to produce photographic identification which will be validated by the Trainer / Assessor and recorded on the course documentation. Trainers / Assessors have a responsibility to ensure learners undertaking the qualification are indeed the person they are claiming to be.

Learners should also provide their Unique Learner Number (ULN) if they have one. 


  • The Pre-Hospital Environment
  • Patient Assessment
  • Assessing a Casualty
  • Airway Management
  • Respiration & Ventilation
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation
  • Circulation & Shock
  • Medical Related Emergencies
  • Trauma Related Emergencies