Advanced Life Support (ALS)

Guidance for Course Delegates



If your application form is incomplete, it may affect your course processing (e.g. if you have not provided the correct postcode for us to send your course manual it may delay your pre-course learning). Please check your application via the email that was sent to you after you submitted your application. If there are any changes, please email the admin team as soon as possible.


The payment needs to clear before your placement on the course will be secured. If you have not paid for your course placement, you may do so by clicking on this link.
For card payments, you will receive an automated receipt from WorldPay at the time of initiating payment. Once the payment has cleared, you will receive an additional receipt from us via e-mail.

Stages of Your Application

You will receive two e-mails from us:

  1. Application Received – this confirms that your application has reached us and that we are processing it.
  2. Welcome E-mail – this confirms that your application has been successful and that your seat on the course is now secured. We will also give you all the information you need to prepare for and attend the course.


If you have booked accommodation through us, you will receive the address & checking guidance once your payment clears. If you have not booked through us, you will need to make your own arrangements. We do not recommend specific hotels or B&Bs, as this is a matter of personal choice.

Course Manual

You should read this thoroughly as many of the questions in the final MCQ exam will come from this. Once your payment has cleared, your manual will be sent by courier to the address you have provided as your residence.


There are e-learning modules that should be completed 48 hours in advance of the face-to-face course. These are on the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK)’s learning management system (LMS) website. We enrol you on the LMS for the course you booked. Please make sure you are not still registered with a previous course/centre as this will delay your LMS enrolment onto our course. Once you have been enrolled, you will receive two automated e-mails from the RCUK. You may, again, receive an automated RCUK e-mail reminder to complete the modules 7 days before the course. If the modules have not been completed by 48 hours before the face-to-face course, we may phone you to make sure everything is OK. If you have any VLE queries, please contact RCUK directly (

Your Personal Needs

We try our best to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Please tell us in advance about:

  • Dietary needs: all our food is halal. We can cater for most diets (e.g. gluten free, vegetarian, vegan etc.)
  • Physical needs: if you are hard of hearing or visually impaired, we will do our best to accommodate. The facility is fully DDA compliant and there are disabled ramps, lifts & escalators.
  • Spiritual needs: we have ablution facilities and prayer rooms for both men and women.
  • Maternal needs: we have both a milk fridge and breastfeeding facilities. Please remind us on the day.

Travel to the Training Venue

The course is being held at: Centre for Health Education, First Floor, House of Sher Building, 201 – 211 Wallace Street, Glasgow, G5 8NT, UK [Google maps link]. Those coming by car may park in the House of Sher car park next to the building. However, if you do so, you MUST notify us at the start of every day if you don’t want a ticket! If coming by public transport:

  • Glasgow Airport: either take a direct taxi (10 minutes) or the no. 500 shuttle bus to Central Station (15 mins)
  • Glasgow Central Station (main train station for non-Scottish destinations) is a 15-minute walk to the venue.
  • Glasgow Queen Street Station is next to the Buchanan Street Underground (6 mins to reach West Street).
  • West Street Underground Station is the closest underground station to the venue (5-minute walk).
  • Buses on Morrison Street (Laidlaw Street stop) are a 1-minute walk away: 9/9A/10/23/23A/26/38/38A/153.



This is normally at 8am each day. If this time should change, you will be advised. If you are likely to be late, please tell us in advance as it may affect your successful completion of the course. Please remember to enter your car registration number on the Centre iPad. We accept no responsibility for your car. This is up to you!

Pandemic protocol during the course

If you wish to attend our centre, you are required to follow our strict anti-coronavirus protocols (we do appreciate that some of these rules may be stricter than the Government recommendations).

  • Those who have coronavirus symptoms or are coronavirus positive on PCR/LFD testing or have had direct contact with a coronavirus positive person, should not attend the centre.
  • Except for wallet/purse, phone & course manual, nothing else is allowed into the centre. At the start of each day, these will be wiped down and all other items will be stored away safely. You will then need to sanitise your hands and put on a mask which must be kept on at all times except during eating/drinking.
  • Whenever possible, try to be at least 1m apart from other individuals throughout the course. We know this will not always be possible due to the nature of the training course, but we ask you to try your best.

Course Programme

Day 1
08:00 Decontamination and registration
08:45 Lecture: Introduction to the ALS course
08:55 Lecture: Recognition & prevention of deterioration using the ABCDE approach
09:20 Lecture: Cardiac causes of cardiac arrest
09:40 Demonstration/lecture: CASDemo (including non-technical skills) + ALS algorithm
10:40 Tea / coffee & mentor meeting
10:55 Skills: Associated resuscitation skills
12:05 Skills: The deteriorating patient (ABCDE approach) including IO
12:35 Lunch break
13:20 Workshops: Rhythm recognition
14:10 Skills: High quality CPR and defibrillation
15:00 Lecture: Post-resuscitation care
15:25 Tea / coffee break
15:40 CASTeaches 1 – 3
17:10 Mentor feedback
17:40 Course closure (Faculty meeting for instructors)

Day 2
07:30 Remedial practice: by invitation only
08:00 Decontamination and registration
08:30 Tea / coffee and mentor groups
08:45 Workshop: Arterial blood gas analysis
09:30 Workshop: Assessing & treating tachycardia
10:15 Workshop: Assessing & treating bradycardia
11:00 Tea / coffee break
11:15 Resuscitation in Special Circumstances: 1-3
12:45 Lunch break
13:30 CASTeaches 4 – 5
15:00 Tea / coffee break
15:15 CASTest and MCQ
17:15 Faculty meeting
17:30 Candidate feedback in mentor groups
18:00 Course closure

The finish time for the course is variable, depending on how long it takes to test all the delegates. If you have a train, bus or flight to catch please let the Director know at the start of the day.


To pass the course, the continuous assessment elements [associated resuscitation skills + CPR + safe & effective defibrillation] must reach the required standard before the end-of-course testing* AND the end-of-course tests (MCQ + cardiac arrest simulation test) must be passed. If you fail either element (MCQ or CASTest), you will need to retest that element within 3 months. If you fail both elements, you fail the course outright.


Instructorship is something that one must be invited to (by the faculty). One may not demand it. Please let the faculty know your wish to be considered at the start of the course.


Feedback &Certificate

Please provide feedback on both the LMS and our website (by logging in to the centre’s dashboard). The certificate may then be downloaded by the delegate, via the LMS website.

Instructorship Training

Those invited to become an instructor need to do a ‘Generic Instructor Course’ (GIC) and then teaching placements. Please speak to us and we will try to help you with future GIC or teaching placements.

Contact Us

Phone: 0141 648 6653 or (on the day of the course) 07563 514 846.


* Failure to do so will mean you will not be allowed to do the final testing and will be deemed to have failed the course