First Response Emergency Care
(FREC 3)

£594 inc VAT with immersive classroom (Payment by instalments available 0% interest) Discounts for booking both FREC 3 and FREC 4 with High Peak First Aid

Due to the current lockdown, we are still providing FREC 3 with the details here. This will be 10 x 2hr Tutor lead modules via your PC.

The immersive classroom is now active so that we can simulate any environment. You can see details here

First Response Emergency Care is a qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and 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). High Peak First Aid is an approved Qualsafe Centre to provide the First Response Emergency Care Level 3 qualification. Our centre, policies, tutors and equipment have passed inspection by Qualsafe to provide this qualification.

The FREC system is modular based, enabling a participant to progress through each level from FREC 3 to FREC 6 if desired.  On successful completion of all levels and competencies, the participant can apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).  The modular nature of this qualification allows the participant to “step -off” at any point.

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
  • Fire fighters
  • Police fire arms 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

Initially 5 days guided learning with 1 Tutor to 6 participants.   Part of the course will be classroom based with a very high content of practical.  Some of the practical elements and scenarios will be conducted outside in a variety of terrain at our Peak District training facility.  We want you to be confident and competent in all weathers if you need to apply your prehospital skills.

Although not mandatory, learners are encouraged to do a minimum of 118hrs self-directed study.  The self-directed study can include additional reading and applied practice.  Motivated participants used to self-directed study will be able to complete this section without additional help.  However, we offer assistance for learners who are new to this type of study and may not have the opportunity for placements or to put skills into practice as a first responder during the 20 weeks allowed to complete this qualification.  Learners may choose as an example,  some of the following options:

  1. Reflective writing after reading books, journals on an area of interest linked to prehospital care.
  2. Setting up protocols for the use of AED’s in the work place.
  3. Formation of a disaster plan for their organisation, trekking group if involved in a natural disaster.
  4. Setting up a training programme for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction for the local population.

We will offer support before, during and after the qualification to ensure the guided learning hours are completed successfully.

After 3 years the qualification can be revalidated over 3 days.


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

3 years

This entry level course requires no previous knowledge in first aid.  Providing a participant is willing to apply themselves and complete the five day FREC 3 and guided learning hours, they should be able to obtain a pass. However, to gain the most from the course, some previous knowledge by attending a first aid course is desirable. Participants need to be at least 17 years old to attend the FREC 3. Due to the assessments adequate numeracy and literature skills are needed to obtain a pass.

Those with a Level 2 First Person on Scene (Intermediate) qualification that has been taken in the last three years can attend a 3 day FREC requalification course. Please contact us for details.

Continuous assessment is applied through 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, FREC 5 and 6, providing entry requirements are met.  This progressive suite of pre-hospital care qualifications are part of an HCPC approved programme to enable a learner to become a Paramedic.


Please see the calendar below for FREC 3 course until the end of 2020. Our Peak District training facility is easily located by public transport:  we have good connections with Manchester, including Manchester Airport and Sheffield. There is also the opportunity to have this course delivered at your venue.  Please contact us for details.  If you cannot make the following dates, we have a combination of virtual learning and onsite.  You can see dates here.



Course Overview

FREC 3 is made up of three mandatory units of 35hrs not including breaks attended over 5 days. There is an additional recommended 118 hrs of post course learning. This can be achieved by pre-course reading from the course manual and post course Continual Professional Development (CPD). High Peak First Aid will assist you with planning for the self-directed study for the First Response Emergency Care qualification.

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 injuries to bones, muscles and joints.

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 suspected  major illness.
  5. Know how to manage a patient who is in seizure.
  6. Understand how to provide emergency care for the effects of environmental exposure.


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