First Response Emergency Care Level 3 (FREC)

Duration: 5 days

From: £500 (+VAT)


The Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC) is for personnel who wish to work or hope to work as Emergency Care Assistant/Provider in the healthcare setting. It will provide the foundation level of prehospital care knowledge and clinical practice, to deal with a wide range of prehospital care situations.


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. There is no formal entry requirement but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent and a basic understanding of first aid. Learners must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training.


The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of prehospital emergency situations. The qualification comprises of 3 mandatory units with a total value of 15 credits.


Each credit is equivalent to 10 hours of dedicated 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. Learners must complete all assessments in the unit successfully to achieve the qualification. The maximum period to achieve this qualification is 20 weeks.



The content for this course is comprehensive and covers the following:


  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Child and Infant BLS
  • Emergency oxygen administration
  • Bag Valve Mask (BVM) and pocket mask
  • Trauma and catastrophic bleeding
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Shock and circulation
  • Sudden poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Airway management
  • Environmental exposure
  • Responding to life threatening medical conditions


The Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC) is accepted as covering all learning outcomes and assessment criteria contained within the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work qualification. As such this qualification exceeds the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) standard requirements for those acting as a workplace first aider and also covers a number of additional training needs that are often identified in ‘higher risk’ working environments


Students are required to successfully pass the following: 13 x Practical assessments, 3 x Theory assessments (Multiple Choice Question Papers), 4 x Skills tests and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.

All learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of training, possess reasonable numeracy and literacy skills and have an acceptable standard of English in order to be successful in this training. Having existing basic first aid knowledge is also recommended (e.g. previous attendance on a First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work or Paediatric First Aid course).

Students who successfully complete this course will be issued a QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) certificate from Qualsafe Awards, which is valid for 3 years.


Recognition of Prior Learning


Learners who have gained a Level 2 First Person On Scene (Intermediate) qualification within the last 3 years may attend a shorter 3 day FREC conversion course.  Contacts us for more details.


Refresher Training


In line with Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance, it is strongly recommended that first responders undertake annual refresher training that includes Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation.




This qualification may be used towards achieving other pre-hospital care qualifications, including the Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF).

If you require more information about this course please email us on [email protected] or call us on 0800 689 1199.

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