First Response
Emergency Care (FREC 3)

£594 inc VAT 

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 FREUC 5 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.

Course Structure

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). 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.  Upon completing 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 of 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, gaining the most from the course requires previous knowledge by attending a first aid course. Participants must be at least 17 years old to participate in the FREC 3. Due to the assessments, adequate numeracy and literature skills are needed to obtain a pass.


A pass needs to be gained for the following:

  • 6 x practical assessments/skills tests
  • 3 x theory assessments (multiple choice question papers)
  • 1 x invigilated exam

After three years, the qualification can be revalidated over three 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

Tutors on courses have to meet the requirements set by Qualsafe.  This involves:

  • Internal and External quality inspections
  • A portfolio of CPD relevant to FREC 3, including front-line ambulance.

Course OverviewFREC 3 comprises three mandatory units of 35 hours, not including breaks attended over five days. There is an additional recommended 118 hours 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.  We hold direct claims status via Qualsafe for the distribution of certificates.  This is awarded for consistently high feedback from participants.

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.

12 reviews for Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3)

  1. Nicola

    Excellent course – very good refresher and now feel more confident to be able to continue first aid if needed. Lovely venue too:) Thank you (Tia March 2024)

  2. Nicola

    Hi Nicola!

    Hope you’re well!

    I just thought you’d like to know (as it all started with you at High Peak!) that I completed my FREC4 shortly after passing with you and I’m currently completing an Associate Ambulance Practitioner apprenticeship and am in the 3rd week of my CERAD.

    Just thought I’d message to say I’m so grateful for your patience and support throughout my FREC 3 as without it, I’m not sure I’d have got here. My confidence has massively improved and I’m so happy with where I am/am going.

    Thank you (and Dave the mannequin) so much.  

  3. Nicola

    Really thoughtful personal trainer adapted course to learner needs. Nick (Feb 24)

  4. Nicola

    Excellent from start to finish. Great content, Nicola is very knowledgeable and the venue is great. Immersive classroom is brilliant. Thank you. Tony (16 Feb)

  5. Nicola

    Cheers Nicola

    Was a great week and thanks for the training

    All the best
    John (August 2023)

  6. Nicola

    Hi Nicola

    That’s great thank you, it was a really good and interesting course

    Kind regards
    Billy (August 2023)

  7. Nicola

    Hi Nicola,

    Thank you for a very interesting and engaging course; we all survived, and even had a few laughs along the way!

    Dan (April 2023)

  8. Nicola

    Hi Nicola

    Just wanted to thank you for a great course! I will definitely be back to renew when the time approaches.

    Chris (September 2023)

  9. Nicola

    Hi Nicola,
    Thank you very much for sending through the certificate and for an excellent course!
    Nick (March 2023)

  10. Nicola

    Hello Nicola

    Thank you so much for your email and for my certificate.

    I really enjoyed my time with you last week. I learnt a great deal, which I am happy to say that I will get to demonstrate the knowledge I gained, when I join my local community first responders. I met with the area coordinator earlier today and they are taking me on – Woohoo!

    Thanks again Nicola and all the very best to you.

    Ellen (April 2023)

  11. R Hunt

    Great range of teaching techniques. Interactive (R Hunt 25th July 2022)

  12. G Miller

    Good afternoon, Nicola.

    Have you recovered from our course and I hope you are well.

    Thank you for my Certificate, I much appreciate it.

    Also, as commented thanks for a great run course, in the end my grey matter actually soaked in the information. Thanks to your style of teaching and vast knowledge and experience.

    I hope and look forward to attend another one of your courses in the future.

    Until then, good luck and all the best.


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