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Level 3 First Response Emergency Care

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Our regulated and nationally recognised FREC 3, pre-hospital care qualification is ideal for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector or those who work in high risk workplaces.

Over a 5 day period, learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of pre-hospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.

Ideal as an alternative to the First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSi) qualification, the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3) also forms part of a progressive suite of pre-hospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 5 First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (RQF).

Endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfilling the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, this fantastic qualification is perfect for a range of roles in emergency care, such as: Event Medical Responder, Emergency Care Support Worker and more.

First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3) Course Content

  • Roles and responsibilities of a first responder
  • Medical emergencies
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway management
  • Adult, child and infant CPR & AED usage
  • Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) procedures
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Shock
  • Poisoning and intoxicating substances
  • External and internal bleeding
  • Helmet removal
  • Neck, spine and pelvic immobilisation
  • Environmental exposure
  • Burns and scalds
  • Minor injuries
  • Incident reporting

Intended Audience

The Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification, ideal for those looking to work or volunteer as a first responder.

Among the first to arrive at a scene, first responders typically include police officers, firefighters, and those providing medical cover at festivals and events such as Emergency/Community First Responders, Door Supervisors, Close Protection Operatives and Security Guards as well as those working in high risk environments including the military, power stations, agriculture and manufacturing.

Further Qualifications

Assessment Methods

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

Certificate Awarded

  • QA Level 3 Award in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)
  • Valid for 3 years

Course Length

  • 14 hours of pre-course reading
  • 35 hours of face to face tuition
  • Delivered over 5 days

Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training.
  • There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and a basic understanding of first aid.
  • 24 June
    5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • £420.00 incl. VAT(20%)
  • 29 July
    5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • £420.00 incl. VAT(20%)
  • 26 August
    5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • £504.00 incl. VAT(20%)
  • 30 September
    5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • £420.00 incl. VAT(20%)
  • 28 October
    5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • £420.00 incl. VAT(20%)
  • 25 November
    5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • £420.00 incl. VAT(20%)
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