Spark Medical

L3 First Response Emergency Care

Designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services.

An ideal alternative to the First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSi) qualification, the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) also forms part of a progressive suite of prehospital care qualifications that leads to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).

Endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfilling the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, this qualification is perfect for a range of roles in emergency care, such as: Event Medical Responder, Emergency Care Support Worker and more.

Course Overview

Over a 5 day period, learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of pre-hospital care emergencies such as managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.

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.


This qualification comprises 3 mandatory units with a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 150 hours. Learners must complete all assessments/skills tests in the units successfully within the registration period to achieve the qualification.

Each credit is equivalent to 10 hours learning time. Learning time consists of guided learning hours (GLH) and self-directed study. GLH are a measure of the contact time a typical Learner will require in direct guidance – from a Trainer – to complete their programme of learning successfully, which for this qualification should be a minimum of 35 hours over 5 days (excluding breaks). Sessions should be a minimum of 2 hours. Learners should be encouraged to do a minimum of 118 hours of self-directed study, which should include additional reading and applied practice.

Entry Requirements

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


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.

Learner Materials

  • Each Learner will need access to suitable learning materials to support their progress through the qualification.
    As a minimum we recommend:
  • Generic Core Material – Prehospital Emergency Care Course by Faculty of Prehospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Ambulance Care Essentials, 1st edition by Richard Pilbury and Kris Lethbridge

These can be purchased at the time of booking or purchased independently.
  • For Pricing & Course dates, call the office team on 0151 808 0770, 
email or book direct here