First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3)

Accredited Level 3 certification (£395 +vat)
Part of a suite of progressive qualifications. Level three is the start of your journey to becoming a paramedic. You will work through the suite finishing at level six, a diploma in Paramedic Practice. Successful completion of the qualification allows you to apply to the HCPC for paramedic registration. FREC offers a real alternative to university.

Why should you undertake this course?

The Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification. It is aimed at those who wish to work in the emergency services. This is a progressive suite of qualifications, that allows you to study, while gaining experience, working through from levels 3 to level 6 if you wish. Each level is a recognised qualification in their own right and you may choose to stay at any level you feel appropriate to your circumstances If you want to become a paramedic, you will need to successfully complete up to level 6, Paramedic Practice. You can then apply to the HCPC for registration.

Is this course for you?

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This course leads to a nationally recognised qualification. It is suitable for those wishing to work within the emergency services, the private sector, undertake event medical or security work or people working in high-risk environments.

You may wish to undertake the level 3 FREC as a stand-alone course to help you achieve your work-related goals, or perhaps you have previously completed FPOSI and need to update it. Many people will choose to progress through the levels to enhance their understanding and clinical performance within their current role or to progress their careers.

Entry Level

You do not need any formal qualifications to attend this course. Students should be 18 years old and above. You will need good literacy and numeracy skills.

Format and duration

This course is run over five days. As we all learn in different ways, your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods throughout the course. These include explanations, group discussion, powerpoint presentations, videos, demonstrations, practical participation and question and answer sessions. To make recapping easier, the course is broken down into sections that follow a logical sequence throughout.
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Qualification Units

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a first responder providing emergency care
  • Be able to assess an incident
  • Be able to assess a patient
  • Be able to assess a patient’s airway
  • Be able to manage a patient’s airway
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive patient who is not breathing normally
  • Be able to use appropriate equipment during a resuscitation attempt
  • Be able to administer emergency oxygen
  • Be able to manage catastrophic bleeding
  • Be able to manage a patient who is in shock
  • Be able to manage a patient who is bleeding
  • Know how to manage a patient with burns or scalds
  • Know how to manage a patient with minor injuries
  • Know how to manage a patient with sudden poisoning
  • Be able to provide emergency care to a patient with head and spinal injuries
  • Be able to provide emergency to a patient with injuries to bones, muscles and joints
  • Understand how to identify a patient with breathing difficulties
  • Understand how to manage a patient with breathing difficulties
  • Know how to manage a patient with anaphylaxis
  • Know how to manage a patient with suspected major illness
  • Know how to manage a patient who is in seizure
  • Understand how to provide emergency care for the effects of environmental exposure


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Your tutor will continually observe throughout the course to ensure that key practical elements are assessed. In addition, there is a multiple choice question paper to be completed at the end of the course.


Once you have successfully completed the FREC 3 training your certification will last for three years. You may decide to progress through to Level 4 before it expires or to renew your Level 3 certification.

What’s included

When you arrive on the first day, you will be given your welcome pack. This pack includes your course book, a pen, a notebook and a face shield.
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Food & Drink

Throughout your time at one of our training centres, you will be offered tea, coffee and bottled water. During the course, a buffet lunch will be provided daily.

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