First Response
Emergency Care (FREC 3)

£594 inc VAT (Payment by instalments available 0% interest) Discounts for booking both FREC 3 and FREC 4.

First Response Emergency Care is a qualification developed by the Awarding Body Qualsafe and clinically endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC).

The FREC system is modular based, enabling a participant to progress through each level from FREC 3 to FREC 6 if desired.

We have access to two class rooms that are permanently fully equipped with all the equipment needed to complete the training.  In addition, an immersive classroom is available.

Who is the course for?

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
Course Structure

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). Certificates are valid for three years.

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 system is modular 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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

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

After Attendance

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.   We offer guidance during attendance for the self-directed study.  It can included but is not limited to: reflective writing after reading books, journals on an area of interest linked to prehospital care.


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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Those with a Level 3 First Person on Scene (Intermediate) qualification that has been taken in the last three years can attend the 3 day FREC requalification.  Any other qualification would need to have the learning outcomes mapped directly across to FREC 3 in order to attend the conversion qualification.

The Immersive Classroom

The immersive classroom enables us to put you into any environment such as:

  • The back of an ambulance
  • A broad selection of work places
  • Hostile environments
  • Rural settings in the UK
  • Remote overseas locations
  • Domestic settings

This enables the participant to react to a challenging and dynamic environment including noise and smell.  Levels can be adjusted so as not to overwhelm the participant.

Location for on-site training

Our Peak District training facility is easily located by public transport; train, bus and plane.

  • The train station is Hope which is served by the Manchester-Sheffield Line
  • The bus stop is in Hope
  • The nearest airport is Manchester with links to train and bus
  • There is plenty of accommdoation in the area that can be found by searching Google maps and using out post code S33 6RW
COVID Precautions

This qualification will adhere to current best practice regarding COVID-19.

  • Lateral Flow test on arrival
  • 3 Ply Surgical mask, changed at least three times during the day
  • Alcohol 70% hand gel
  • Gloves
  • 400 litres of warm or cool air per minute quietly circulates the training rooms. The Dyson hot and cool fans contain a HEPA 13 filter to catch pollutants
  • Each training room has an additional unit that quietly kills Coronavirus in the air with a 99.9999% kill rate.  This works by air being drawn into the unit and passed over UV-C lamps
  • Our anti-slip hospital grade flooring is hoovered and sanitised by two floor robots during break times
  • Touch points are sanitised every four hours
  • CPR is conducted in compliance with current Coronavirus guidelines

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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