FREC 3 Requalification


£395.00 inc VAT

March/April dates have been added; more to come. The course fee reflects that we tend not to cancel on you. 

This qualification can be used as a requalification for your initial FREC 3.  In addition, it can be used as a conversion course from First Person on Scene (FPOS) Intermediate to First Response Emergency Care (FREC) 3.  To attend this conversion course over three days your FPOS I certificate needs to be in date.  If you do not have any previous qualification or an in-date FPOS I, please go to FREC 3 to see the five-day qualification.

First Response Emergency Care is a qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and is therefore regulated by OFQUAL. The FREC suite of qualifications has been developed by the Awarding Body Qualsafe and clinically endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC).

After completing this conversion course, it is possible to move on to First Response Emergency Care (FREC) 4 without waiting three years for the course renewal.

The FREC system is modular, enabling participants to progress through each level from FREC 3 to FREUC 5 if desired.

This Level 3 Certificate meets the FPHC criteria for descriptor ‘D’ provider on the PHEM skills framework.  More details are here: Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) Qualification Specification

The FREC 3 provides a solid foundation for the learner to be competent to deal with a wide range of medical and trauma situations in the prehospital environment and is suitable for but not limited to:

  • Event first aiders
  • Firefighters
  • Police firearms and medics
  • Close protection operative: this qualification is recognised by the Security Industries Authority (SIA)
  • Expedition Leaders UK and overseas
  • Journalists working overseas
  • Researchers working overseas
  • Film Crews working in remote areas
  • Aid workers in hostile or disaster-prone countries
  • Community Responders in the UK
  • High-risk work environments in the UK and overseas
  • Offshore workers

Three days with one Tutor to six participants.   Part of the course will be classroom-based with very high practical content.  Some valuable elements and scenarios will be conducted outside on various terrains at our training facility.  We want you to be confident and competent in all weathers if you need to apply your prehospital skills.

After three years, the qualification can be revalidated over three days.


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

Three years

A current in date FREC 3 qualification.  Due to the assessments, adequate numeracy and literature skills are needed to obtain a pass.

Continuous assessment is applied throughout the course. In addition to this, there are three multi-choice question papers and 15 practical assessments.

The FREC Level 3 can be followed by FREC 4, FREUC 5 providing entry requirements are met.


Course Overview

The FREC 3 requalification course comprises three mandatory units of 21 hours, not including breaks attended over three days.

Unit 1 First Response Emergency Care

Learning Outcomes.

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first responder providing emergency care.
  2. Be able to assess an incident.
  3. Be able to assess a patient.
  4. Be able to assess a  patient’s airway.
  5. Be able to manage a patient’s airway. (Oropharyngeal and Nasopharyngeal Airways)
  6. Be able to manage an unresponsive patient who is not breathing normally.
  7. Be able to use appropriate equipment during a resuscitation attempt.
  8. Be able to administer emergency oxygen.

Unit 2 First Response Emergency Care of Trauma

Learning Outcomes.

  1. Be able to manage catastrophic bleeding. (Use of Haemostats and Tourniquets)
  2. Be able to manage a patient who is in shock.
  3. Be able to manage a patient who is bleeding.
  4. Know how to manage a patient with burns or scald.
  5. Know how to manage a  patient with minor injuries.
  6. Know how to manage a patient with sudden poisoning.
  7. Be able to provide emergency care to a patient with head and spinal injuries.
  8. Be able to provide emergency care to a patient with bones, muscles and joint injuries.

Unit 3 First Response Emergency Care of Medical Conditions

Learning Outcomes.

  1. Understand how to identify a patient with breathing difficulties.
  2. Understand how to manage a patient with breathing difficulties.
  3. Know how to manage a patient with anaphylaxis.
  4. Know how to manage a patient with a suspected major illness.
  5. Know how to manage a patient who is in a seizure.
  6. Understand how to provide emergency care for the effects of environmental exposure.







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