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Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) - FREC®

Key Facts

  Course Duration:

Initial - 5 Days

Requalification - 3 Days

  Ofqual Regulated?


  Awarding Organisation:

Qualsafe Awards

  Clinical Endorsement: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

  Certificate Validity:

3 Years (Annual BLS and AED Training Recommended)


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Course Overview:

This Ofqual regulated pre-hospital care qualification is ideal for those who have a specific responsibility to respond to emergency situations. The qualification is approved by Qualsafe Awards (the UK’s largest Awarding Organisation for first aid qualifications) and is clinically endorsed by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC). The Level 3 Certificate meets the FPHC criteria for descriptor ‘D’ provider on the PHEM Skills Framework.

The life saving skills taught are particularly suited to security staff, medical response teams, fire and police officers, industrial first aiders, healthcare providers and community responders.

The topics covered include:

•    Basic Life Support (BLS) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
•    Child and Infant BLS
•    Emergency oxygen administration 
•    Bag Valve Mask (BVM) and pocket mask 
•    Trauma and catastrophic bleeding
•    Head and spinal injuries
•    Shock and circulation 
•    Sudden poisoning
•    Burns and scalds
•    Airway management
•    Environmental exposure 
•    Responding to life threatening medical conditions

The Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC®) is accepted as covering all learning outcomes and assessment criteria contained within the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work qualification. As such this qualification exceeds the HSE’s standard requirements for those acting as a workplace first aider and also covers a number of additional training needs that are often identified in ‘higher risk’ working environments.

Why Choose First on Scene?:

With years of experience dealing with real life emergencies, our expert trainers draw on their own personal pre-hospital care experiences to make learning fun and memorable. This ensures that learners leave with the confidence and vital life saving skills needed to deal with the wide range of emergency situations.

Assessment and Requalification:

Learners will be continually assessed throughout the duration of the FREC® course, with successful candidates receiving a QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) certificate. This is valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed by attending a 3 day FREC® requalification course.

Entry Requirements:

All Learners must be at least 17 years old and possess reasonable numeracy and literacy skills. Having existing basic first aid knowledge is also recommended (e.g. previous attendance on a First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work or Paediatric First Aid course).

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Learners who have gained a Level 2 First Person On Scene (Intermediate) qualification within the last 3 years may attend a shorter 3 day FREC® requalification course.  

Refresher Training:

In line with Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance, it is strongly recommended that first responders undertake annual refresher training that includes Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation.


This qualification may be used towards achieving other pre-hospital care qualifications, including the Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF).

Course Availability:

We run our Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care courses at selected venues throughout the UK. To find a course near you, simply use our online course finder at the top of this page and select First Response Emergency Care.

We can also deliver courses at your premises or arrange a course specifically for your requirements. To discuss your needs today, please call on 0845 5191 999 and our friendly Customer Service team will be happy to help.

MOD Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC):

First on Scene is an approved learning provider for the Ministry of Defence's Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme and we are happy to assist any MOD applicants wishing to access ELC funding for First Aid Instructor Training Courses. Ex-service personnel may submit a claim to attend First Aid Instructor Training up to 5 years after they leave the service.



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