QA level 3 First Response Emergency Care (RQF) – FREC 3


Prepare for a rewarding career with our FREC 3 training. Gain essential skills to handle prehospital care emergencies and open doors to roles in the UK’s emergency services, event medical industry, and more.


What is FREC 3?

The QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF), referred to as FREC 3, is a nationally recognised qualification tailored for those aspiring to careers in the UK emergency services, ambulance service, event medical services, security medical sectors, or individuals working in high-risk workplaces. This 5-day course empowers learners with crucial knowledge, skills, and competencies essential for managing a range of prehospital care emergencies, including:

  • Airway management
  • Catastrophic bleeding control
  • Fracture management
  • Handling medical emergencies
  • And more…

Endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and aligned with the competencies outlined in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, this qualification is highly esteemed for roles in emergency care, such as Event Medical Responder and Emergency Care Support Worker.

Why Choose Lifeline Medical Services for the FREC 3 Course?

At Lifeline Medical Services in Carlisle, we deliver the FREC 3 Course with a team of seasoned and appropriately qualified paramedics and out-of-hospital educators. Our modern training facility provides a welcoming learning environment, complete with simulation and training equipment to enhance your experience. As part of the course, candidates will be immersed in lifelike scenarios, replicating real-life clinical practice.

We recognise the limitations of traditional classroom learning. Therefore, we prioritise hands-on experience by immersing you in challenging and dynamic environments that closely simulate real-world situations. Through these simulations, you’ll have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the FREC 3 Course without the pressure of dealing with actual patients.

How long does the FREC 3 course take?

Our comprehensive FREC 3 Course spans five days, incorporating a blend of learning, training, realistic simulations, and assessments.

What can I achieve with a FREC 3 Qualification?

Completing the FREC 3 Course marks your initial stride towards a rewarding career in pre-hospital care within the UK. Possessing this qualification opens doors to a wide array of opportunities, including roles in the UK emergency services, such as the ambulance service, event medical industry, security medical sector, and various high-risk workplaces.

As the introductory step within the FREC pathway, the FREC 3 course sets the foundation for further advancement. You can pursue the FREC 4, FREC 5, and ultimately, the Level 6 Diploma, culminating in the attainment of full paramedic qualifications and registration. Invest in your future with Lifeline Medical Services today.

On completion of the FREC3 course you will be eligible to apply for event work with Lifeline Medical Services as a First Responder and put your newly acquired skills into practices at a range of events across the UK whilst being mentored and supported by our more experienced team members.

FREC 3 Entry Requirements

As FREC 3 is the entry level course, there are no necessary qualifications required to take this course. A prior knowledge of Basic First Aid or experience in the field would be useful, but again it isn’t essential.

There is an age requirement for the FREC 3 Course though; candidates must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training course.

There are no other formal entry requirements, though in order to benefit the most from the learning experience we strongly advise that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in Literacy & Numeracy or equivalent.

FREC 3 Certification

Upon the successful completion and passing of the required assessment methods, you’ll be issued a certificate of qualification that’s valid for 3 years. This then enables you to take part in the FREC 4 Training Course if you want to progress down the FREC pathway.

After 3 years, to ensure you stay qualified, your skills are up to date and your qualification remains valid, FREC 3 holders should complete our FREC 3 Recertification Training Course.

How is the FREC 3 Course Assessed?

In order to pass the FREC 3 Training Course and receive your qualification you must successfully complete and pass the following:

  • 6 x practical assessments and/or skills tests
  • 3 x theory assessments in the form of multiple choice question papers
  • 1 x invigilated exam paper

FREC 3 Course Content

The FREC 3 Training course has three mandatory components set out by Qualsafe in their Qualification Specification:

  1. Patient Assessment & Management
  2. Emergency Trauma
  3. Focused Emergency and Urgent Care

What will I learn?

We’ll cover all aspects that are essential for dealing with trauma at entry level in a pre-hospital environment, including:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Airway Management
  • CPR
  • ROSC Procedures
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Catastrophic Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Poisons & Substances
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Immobilisation
  • Burns
  • Minor Injuries
  • Incident Reporting
  • And much more…

FREC 3 Learning Objectives

Unit 1 Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first responder
  • Be able to assess an incident & conduct a risk assessment
  • 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

Unit 2 Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 care to a patient with injuries to bones, muscles and joints

Unit 3 Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 a suspected major illness
  • Know how to manage a patient who is in a seizure
  • Understand how to provide emergency care for the effects of environmental exposure

Pre Course Reading / Learning

Students will receive textbooks prior to the course for use for the duration of the programme. These must be returned in good condition on conclusion of the course or purchase can be arranged.

Click here to view qualification specification.

Candidates who hold the 2 day Level 3 Award for Emergency Responders may be considered for RPL which will lead to a reduced requirement for attendance. They will, however, need to undertake all assessments.



Refreshments will be provided throughout the course. Food storage, refrigeratiobn and microwaves are available for lunch preparation during the course. There is a Co-op and cafe within a few minutes walk from the venue.

Got a question about our course content? Get in touch today! A member of our dedicated Education team will be more than happy to answer your queries.

QA level 3 First Response Emergency Care (RQF) – FREC 3

Additional information

Course Dates Available

3 – 7th June 2024,


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