Bursary Course Providers

These are the course providers we work with to provide affordable safety training in the UK and beyond. You can contact them all individually to find out more about what they offer, when their courses take place and if it all works for you and your needs.

1st Option High Risk

16 Mortimer Street
Tel: 0845 5008484

1st Option High Risk's Hostile Environment Training course focuses on improving safety, security and medical skills when under pressure.

The 4-day course combines classroom-based learning with practical training, and is run at 1st Option's training centre in Tunbridge Wells, UK. Topics covered during the course include first aid, vehicle & remote environment training, travel & personal safety, and conflict & post-conflict training.

Each course participant will receive a Level-2 Emergency First At Work (EFAW) certificate, which is valid for 3 years.


AKE International Ltd
Swan Court
Unit 16, 9 Tanner Street
Tel:  +44 (0) 203 816 9970

AKE’s flagship 5-Day Hostile Environment Course is based around both classroom and practical exercises. The teaching revolves around proven principles as opposed to situation scripting, thus better enabling the student to read and react to unforeseen circumstances. The emphasis is on empowering the individual to reduce the risks they face, respond appropriately when confronted with a potentially dangerous situation and ultimately to maximise control over their own environment.

On completion the course is complimented by:

  • Aide Memoire
  • PAK – Personal Aid Kit
  • Complimentary trial of Global Intake, AKE’s online intelligence system
  • AKE certification – valid for 3 years
  • QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work


Global Journalist Security

3286 Aberfoyle Place, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Tel: +1 202 352 1736
Email: gjs@journalistsecurity.net

Global Journalist Security offer comprehensive, 5-day HEFAT courses at their training centres in Washington D.C. and Nairobi. The course modules include situational awareness, personal safety, emergency first-aid, risk assessment and reduction, mob violence & sexual assault, interrogation and captivity, cover versus concealment, explosives, ordnance, snipers and other combat hazards.

Each course is imparted through a mixture of classroom presentation and applied exercises, and is aimed at humanitarian and media professionals who work in high-risk zones.
Their emotional self-care director provides up to two weeks of emotional self-care support after each course. GJS team members are also available to discuss matters such as options for body armour or first-aid kits. They also provide course graduates with follow-up resources and readings. Upon completing a course, participants receive a certificate lasting up to 3 years.

Pilgrims Group

Pilgrims House
PO Box 769
Woking, Surrey, GU21 5EU, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1483 228 778

Pilgrims Group offers a Hostile Environment Course that consists of an 8-hour e-learning package followed by an intense two day practical training course. This allows participants to conduct the first stage of training at their own convenience, which may be useful for freelancers who are acting on a tight timeframe.

The two day practical training course is roughly split 60/40 between outdoor/practical content and indoor class confirmation. Medical training forms an important part of both the practical and classroom based theory, and all delegates are trained in the application of both trauma bandage and Combat Applied Tourniquet (CAT).

Aside from medical training, the course covers seven other key modules, including pre-deployment planning, personal safety, vehicle safety and conflict management. The practical training course is run from Redhill, in Surrey, UK. Successful delegates receive a certificate and a qualification that lasts for a period of up to three years. Each course is tailored to meeting the risks faced in a particular country/region.


RPS Partnership 

T +44(0) 1225 290210

RPS Partnership runs a modular Hostile Environment and First Aid Training course.

'We work with freelancers to develop an understanding and knowledge of how to employ mitigating measures to reduce exposure to risk, allowing freelancers to respond appropriately when confronted with a dangerous situation, manage incidents and to maximise control over developing situations.

We have recently introduced more training time to further enhance our conflict management and disengagement skills, sexual violence and harassment as well as gender and cultural issues; (all run sensitively by our female team where appropriate). We also now include more time on psychological trauma spread throughout the course. We ensure that all course participants can navigate checkpoints, deal with aggressive interviewing and confidently know that their information is secure.

Our 3-day course is aimed at those working in medium intensity environments (post conflict, natural disaster situation or where there is a moderate threat of terrorism, a high crime rate and civil unrest may be present. Our 5-day course ensures that they can work safely in high Intensity environments, where there may be ongoing conflict or war or where investigative journalists face a clear threat from the State or criminal syndicates.

All course participants receive a Level 2 in Emergency First Aid at Work (valid for 3 years), a waterproof aide memoire, trauma bandage and other takeaway equipment.'

SEPAR International

SEPAR International Ltd.
The Priebe Building
Red Barn Drive
+44 (0) 7568 312825

SEPAR International provides contextualised Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) globally, delivering physical safety and protection, digital security, stress management and trauma medical training. Trainings are conducted under the methodology of ‘do no harm’.

They use qualified, experienced specialist practitioners from associate organisations to deliver a learning experience in a relevant holistic safety context.  Other topics offered include risk assessments, situational awareness, protection in a high risk working environment, counter-surveillance and task planning.
SEPAR's qualified trainers have significant and recent media experience in hostile environments that helps to validate course content and advice. Each course participant will receive various digital and hard-copy supplements and a certificate that is valid for 3 years.

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