First Response Emergency & Urgent Care (FREUC)

-Level 5-

This regulated and nationally recognised prehospital care qualification fulfils the competencies set out in the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level D.

The QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (RQF) commonly known as FREC, is intended for those who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities to provide prehospital care to patients requiring emergency care at an incident.

This qualification is suitable for those who are working within the ambulance (private or NHS) and event medical sectors in roles such as: Ambulance Technician, Medical Technician and Security operatives/Clinicians working within high risk workplaces. The qualification may also be suited to Learners who wish to progress onto a paramedic education pathways.

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

Awarding Body: QUALSAFE
Award Type: Regulated
Level: 5
Credits: 94
Delivery method: Blended Learning
Booking: Groups of 6

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 Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency & Urgent Care

Pre-classroom phase: 1 week (online learning)
Classroom phase: 15 Days (min 104 hours)
Self Directed / Additional Learning: 50 hours

Course Syllabus

Communication | Equality & Diversity | Medicolegal and Ethics | Conflict Resolution | The Respiratory System | Airway Management | BLS & Defibrillation | Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System | ECG Recognition | The Nervous System | Primary & Secondary Survey | Patient Assessment | Endocrine System | Poisons & Sepsis | Thermal Injuries | Musco-skeletal System | Trauma Management | Respiratory pathophysiology | Cardiovascular pathophysiology | Nervous system pathophysiology | Focused patient assessment | Paramedic Skills | Pharmacology & Medicines management | Major Incident Medical Management | Reproductive system | Elderly patients | End of life care | Mental Health & patient assessment | Paediatric BLS/ILS | Paediatric assessment | Obstetrics

Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency & Urgent Care (RQF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Learners must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training.

Learners must have successfully completed the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF/RQF) (L4 FREC) qualification or a QA recognised equivalent before they can register on to this qualification. Equivalent qualifications must be mapped to the L4 FREC learning outcomes and assessment criteria and submitted to QA prior for approval.

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 3 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and occupational competence in manual and patient handling.

To proceed with your application for this course, simply complete the online booking form by using the link above. Once we have received your details the following will happen:

  1. Access to our VLE will be provided for you to complete a short assessment
  2. Course materials will be provided
  3. Your mentor will contact you to answer any questions prior to attending the course
  4. An online meeting is arranged for all students to answer any questions and discuss what is required before the course.
Your competencies and clinical hours must be signed-off by a qualified clinician, this includes but is not limited to; IHCD Ambulance Technician, HCPC registered Paramedic, NMC registered Nurse or FREC level 5.

We also accept BACS, Cheque and Cash.

ELCAS_logoYes we offer ELCAS funding our ELCAS number is: 4187

You will be provided with a copy of the Ambulance Care Practice manual with other reference text being loaned for the duration of the classroom phase. You must have your own copy of the latest Clinical Practice Guidelines, this can be in pocket book, A4 or electronic.

You may wear whatever you wish throughout the course appropriate for the environment, uniform and other PPE should be provided for clinical placements by your employer. Please contact your placement provider for further details.

The placement must be organised within an NHS Ambulance Service or CQC Registered private ambulance service prior to completing the classroom elements. Since a minimum of 50% of the practice placement hours must be undertaken within the environment of emergency ambulance 999 response, you must have completed your Emergency driving qualification to do this. Placements won’t commence until the classroom has been completed.

Yes. We provide a week in-hospital placement on completion of your classroom phase, followed by 750 hours of pre-hospital clinical placement. When completing frontline emergency ambulance shifts, you will be paid!