Qualsafe Level 4 First Response Emergency Care (FREC)


The minimum time to complete this qualification is 3 weeks and the maximum is 20 weeks.


The QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification is specifically designed for those who want to provide prehospital care to patients requiring emergency treatment. It is ideal for those who are looking to progress their career in the emergency services, ambulance services, event medical sectors and high risk workplaces. Successful Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to be able to deal with a wide range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: major incidents, fracture immobilisation, sick and injured children, mental health problems and more. The purpose of this qualification is to prepare Learners to be able to administer safe, prompt, effective prehospital care in situations which can arise when providing emergency treatment and/or management.

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Course Content

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 situations. The qualification is designed to act as proof the Learner has undergone a programme of learning and assessment to demonstrate competency in the area of prehospital care to gain employment and a ‘licence to practice’ from an employer.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training.

Learners must have successfully completed the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification or a QA recognised equivalent before they can begin the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification.

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.

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.

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