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BTEC Level 4 Extended Certificate for First Person on Scene (RQF) - FPOS


BTEC Level 4 Certificate for First Person on Scene (RQF) is the latest qualification launched in 2017 by Pearsons.   FPOS Basic, Intermediate and Enhanced do not exist anymore and it has been replaced by a new regulated version.

The First Person on Scene FPOS course is designed for those involved in providing initial emergency care, for example, Community Responders, Fire and Police Officers, personnel involved in the security industry, senior cabin crew and industrial first aiders. 

Taking the first aider on to the next level, topics in this course include pre-hospital assessment, respiration and airway management, circulation and shock and trauma-related injuries, medical emergencies, cannulation, fluid therapy, spinal immobilisation.

Delivered by experienced medical professionals with front-line experience this qualification is endorsed by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (Edinburgh) and is certified through Edexcel/Pearsons.  First Person on Scene (FPOS) Intermediate is fully recognised by the Security Industry Authority.  The qualifications and any additional Units are valid for a period of 3 years. Periodic re-training and assessment for both the practical skills and supporting knowledge will, therefore, be required.

The course is available in two versions, this the extended certificate and the standard certificate covering fewer subjects.

There are no pre-requisites for this course, however, first aid knowledge is recommended.

This course gives learners the opportunity to gain a formally recognised regulated qualification. If you require funding, a regulated qualification is often required. Phone us and we can advise if needed. If you choose our course leading to a regulated qualification, there are additional assessment criteria to be undertaken with an instructor and a small extra certification charge.

Regulated Qualification Details
Course Title: BTEC Level 4 Extended Certificate for First Person on Scene (RQF)
QAN: 603/0512/5
Level: 4
Credit Value: 10
TQT: 184
  • Medics
  • Security guards
  • Community First Responders
  • Workplaces where a higher level of first aid is required
  • High-risk workplaces
  • First aid instructors
  • Fire services
  • Ambulance services
  • Anyone needing a more advanced out of hospital care course with no prerequisites 

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Extended Certificate for the First Person on Scene is for learners who work in, or who want to work in, the pre-hospital care industry as first responders. Learners will normally be employed as, or looking to apply for jobs as, a first responder in a primary care role. However, in some cases, learners may be acting as a first responder as part of a secondary role in an industry which requires first responders to have a greater breadth of knowledge and skill that are provided by first aid qualifications, or the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Certificate for First Person on Scene.

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop knowledge related to the pre-hospital care industry, including how their role fits into the wider sector as well as the responsibilities of the first responder, established practices relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, as well as the prevention and control of infection
  • Develop technical knowledge that underpins the role, duties and responsibilities of the first responder. This covers areas such as the management of scene safety, the clinical care and management of the casualty, the provision of effective clinical handovers to the next echelon of care, as well as the post-incident procedures for which the first responder is responsible
  • Develop practical skills of safe incident management and managing the care of causalities while awaiting the arrival of definitive pre-hospital care
  • Develop knowledge to and skills to be able to make critical decisions and medically manage the safe extrication of casualties
  • Achieve a nationally-recognised Level 4 qualification
  • Develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning.

Occupations that may use this qualification:

  • Medics
  • Security guards
  • Community First Responders
  • Workplaces where a higher level of first aid is required
  • High-risk workplaces
  • First aid instructors
  • Fire services
  • Ambulance services
  • Anyone needing a more advanced out of hospital care course with no prerequisites 
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  • Adult CPR Flowchart
  • Anatomy and Physiology Human Body Picture Reference Book Student Manual V7.0
  • BTS Guideline for oxygen use in adults in healthcare and emergency settings
  • CQC website
  • Celox leaflet on haeostatic dressings
  • Child CPR Flowchart
  • Dechoker Europe website
  • Decisions relating to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and not delivering CPR
  • EpiPen instruction leaflet
  • First Responder (FPOS) Incident Report Form
  • First Responder Care Essentials Book on Amazon
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  • Home Emergency Contact Sheet
  • How to register to call EMS by text
  • Infant CPR Flowchart
  • Lifepac CR2 AED Data Sheet
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  • UK Resus Council 2015 Guidelines updated 2015 Link
  • Workplace Accident Book
  • Workplace Emergency Contact Sheet