First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 3

The objective of the qualification is to benefit Learners by enabling them to attain the knowledge and practical competencies needed to deal with a range of prehospital emergency situations.

The FREC 3 qualification forms part of the QA Pre-Hospital Care Suite of qualifications, with learning outcomes based on the recommendations of:

  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • Skills for Health Assessment Principles
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.

You can view the entire course outline in the official QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) Qualification Specification.


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare Learners to be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective prehospital care in situations which can arise when providing emergency treatment and/or management.

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.

The FREC 3 qualification is intended for anyone who wishes to practice to level D on the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Skills framework.

Industries currently training in this qualification include:

  • NHS Responder
  • Non-health care public services
  • Event medical
  • Remote site workers
  • Charity and Aid works

Course Structure

This qualification comprises 3 mandatory units, 35 Guided learning hours (4 days)


  • First Response Emergency Care
  • First Response Emergency Care of Trauma
  • First Response Emergency Care of Medical Conditions


Each learner will be expected to complete and pass a Multiple-Choice Question paper in each unit and will be assessed practically in accordance with current prehospital care practice.

There are 15 practical assessments/skills tests for this qualification:

  • Adult CPR and AED (FREC)
  • Airway Management
  • Burn Severity
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (FREC)
  • Choking Patient
  • Circulatory System
  • Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (FREC)
  • Management of Fractures (FREC)
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Patient Report Form (FREC)
  • Respiratory System
  • Secondary Survey (FREC)
  • Unconscious Patient
  • Wounds, Bleeding & Shock (FREC)


The FREC 3 qualification is valid for a period of 3 years. Learners are required to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

Requalification training is delivered through a refresher course consisting of 21 hours (3 days).

Note: Requalification requires successful completion of the original qualification


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