First Response Emergency Care (FREC)

-Level 3-

The QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification is specifically designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance services, the event medical sector or those who work in high risk workplaces.

This regulated and nationally recognised prehospital care qualification is clinically endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care- The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfils the competencies set out in the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level D.

Our team of ex-NHS Ambulance tutors and assessors offer extensive practical, clinical and educational experience, ensuring professional delivery, mentor support and guided learning throughout your course.

sia_logoThe QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) is one of the few first aid qualifications recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Awarding Body: QUALSAFE
Award Type: Regulated
Level: 3
Credits: 15
Classroom Phase: 1 week / 5 days
Expiry: 3 Years
Cost: £495.00

Course Breakdown

Contact learning hours: 35 (classroom)
Self-directed study: 118 hours

Minimum time to complete the award: 3 weeks
Maximum time to complete the award: 20 weeks


13 x Practical assessments
3 x Theory assessments (Multiple Choice Question Papers)
4 x Skills tests and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course

Course Syllabus

Adult CPR & AED | Airway Anatomy | Airway Management | Burn Severity | Catastrophic Bleeding
Child Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation | Choking Patient | Circulatory System | ECG Recognition | Infant CardioPulmonary Resuscitation | Management of Fractures | Medical Emergencies | Patient Report Forms | Respiratory System

Secondary Survey | Unconscious Patient | Wounds, Bleeding & Shock

QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF)

Information Sheet
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Frequently Asked Questions…

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.

Direct bank payment and Direct Debit have no additional charges.
There is a 1.5% transaction fee for card payments.

ELCAS_logoYes we offer ELCAS funding our ELCAS number is: 4187

Yes you can if you are an NHS trained ECSW and no longer working for the trust, you can complete the Conversion course (3 Days). If you are still working for the trust you can claim APL directly to level 4.

Yes you will be provided with a copy of: Generic Core Material – Prehospital Emergency Care Course by Faculty of Prehospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Should you wish to buy a copy please select this from the options when booking your course.

It is advised that you review additional resources including the following text:

Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, 11th edition by Ross and Wilson
Ambulance Care Essentials, 1st edition by Richard Pilbury and Kris Lethbridge

Completion of the level 3 course allows progressions onto the Level 4 First Response Emergency Care course. Please ask your tutor for details.

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