Course Aims

The objective of the qualification is to benefit learners by providing them with the knowledge and confidence to provide the initial prehospital care at emergency or life-threatening incidents. Learners will gain the necessary skills associated with assessment, treatment and stabilisation of patients.

Course Duration

2 Days (12 hours taught, 3 hours independant study)

Suitable Candidates

This qualification is for people who are likely to be responding to an emergency incident, including:
  • community first responders
  • emergency personnel
  • fire and police personnel
  • other emergency services
  • cabin crew
  • film crews
  • industrial first aiders
  • first aiders

Pre-Course Requirements

Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training.

Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course syllabus and be able to kneel to administer Basic Life Support.

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.

Assessment Method

11 x Practical assessments/Skills tests, 1 x Theory assessment (workbook) and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.


Qualsafe Awards Level 3 Award for Emergency First Responders, valid for 3 years.

Course Syllabus

Effective early interventions by emergency first responders have been shown to have a positive impact on patient outcomes, and are reflected in the qualification content, which includes:
  • Catastrophic bleeding, Airway, Breathing and Circulation (CABC) approach
  • Airway management
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Emergency oxygen therapy
  • Bleeding control