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Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)

Approved by Qualsafe Awards


The QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification specifically designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector or those who work in high risk workplaces.

The initial qualification is delivered over 5 days with a total guided learning hours of 35 Guided Learning Hours in the classroom.

Success learners will be issued a certificate that is valid for 3 years, where they must recertify before their current certificate expires.

Learners requalifying, are eligible for a shorter duration course consisting of 21 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) over a period of 3 days.

The qualification is designed 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.

During the delivery, learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of Prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.

The QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) has been endorsed by the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The Qualsafe Awards designed course also complies with the teaching and educational standards of the Faculty as described in the regulations.

This qualification should give Learners a foundation level of prehospital care knowledge and clinical practice to deal with a range of prehospital care situations.

There are 14 practical assessments/skills tests for this qualification

Adult CPR and AED (FREC)
Airway management
Assessment and treatment of trauma (bleeding)
Burn severity
Child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (FREC)
Choking patient (FREC)
Circulatory system
Infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation • Management of fractures (FREC)
Medical emergencies
Patient report form (FREC)
Respiratory system
Secondary survey (FREC)
Unconscious patient
Formative assessments – a range of informal assessment procedures employed by the Trainer/Assessor during the learning process to measure each Learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding related to the assessment criteria

Theory assessment/multiple choice question papers (MCQ's) – There are 3 MCQ's for this qualification which are taken under exam conditions

This course is delivered in a classroom environment; and where we see appropriate - we are approved to deliver the qualification in a blended fashion in a "Live Online" webinar / zoom style sessions.


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.

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