Frec 3 Courses

Course overview

This is the First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3) RQF qualification.

It includes 35 hours of contact time and 118 Hours of contextualised learning.

This regulated and nationally recognised prehospital care qualification is ideal for those seeking a career in emergency services. This includes the ambulance service, the event and security medical sector, and 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 prehospital care emergencies. This includes managing a patient’s airway, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more. 

Who is it for?

Our First Response Emergency Care course is for those who wish to train to become part of an Ambulance Crew. For those taking the pathway to become an HCPC registered paramedic.

This course is designed to meet the roles and responsibilities of first responders. We have worked hard to ensure the course fulfils the emergency services ambulance services needs.

What's included

Full Colour Ambulance Care Essentials/Ambulance Care Practice Manual.


This course is endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It fulfils the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor Level D. This qualification is perfect for a range of roles in emergency care, such as Event Medical Responder, Emergency Care Support Worker and more. 

What’s more, the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) also forms part of a progressive suite of prehospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).

This qualification is regulated and is a nationally recognised Pre-Hospital care qualification.

This certificate is the equivalent of a trainee Associate Ambulance Practitioner or trainee Emergency Care Support Worker. 

This qualification will allow you to become an Autonomous Ambulance Clinician at FREC level 5. 

This is what was known as an Emergency Medical Technician, more commonly known as an Ambulance Practitioner. Finally, FREC 6 is where you study to become an HCPC registered Paramedic.

How long is it valid for?

First Response Emergency Care Level 3 (RQF) E-Certificate Valid for Three years.

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 S
  • hock Poisoning and intoxicating substances 
  • External and internal bleeding 
  • Helmet removal 
  • Neck, spine and pelvic immobilisation 
  • Environmental exposure 
  • Burns and scalds 
  • Minor injuries Incident reporting

What course do you need?

The Course Suite is a stage-by-stage process (modular) you must start at level 3, pass each qualification and progress to the next. 

You may be able to APAL prior study. This would be done on a case-by-case basis. For example, a military medic may be able to provide evidence of some of the competencies required.

If you’re not sure what course best suits your needs, call Training9 99 on 08432 895 083 and we will help you find the best solution.

About the First Response Emergency Care

First Response Emergency Care is a prehospital emergency care qualification. It is designed for those who either in a professional or voluntary capacity need to expand their knowledge and skills above the level of a First Aider. This is recognised by the faculty of pre-hospital care.

What is the First Response Emergency Care 3 course?

These courses are the alternative way for a person to work towards becoming a prehospital clinician either an Emergency Medical Technician or Associate Ambulance Practitioner or Paramedic.

An alternative way to learn

These courses are a way to learn vocationally in a modular format as is popular with those employed in the NHS ambulance services. 

They are also used by independent ambulance services, voluntary ambulance services, the military, or those for whom three years at university is not an option.

Can I become a paramedic via this training?

These courses can lead to becoming a Paramedic and fulfills the faculty of pre hospital care.

Can I become a clinician via this qualification?

The aim of the qualification is to progress towards an autonomous clinician. Previously known as an Emergency Medical Technician, they are commonly known as an Associate Ambulance Practitioner in the NHS Ambulance Service. 

Where do I start?

This course must be completed first. The course suite of prehospital care qualifications can be completed and eventually can lead to the award of a Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF). It’s this stage where the learner will be able to register as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They can then use the legally protected title of “Paramedic”.

Training 999 is approved to deliver the Ofqual-regulated courses.

What do the qualification levels mean?
  • Level 3 is the required standard required to work at the apprentice level under the supervision of an autonomous clinician.
  • Level 4 Trainee EMT/AAP
  • Level 5 is the standard required for Autonomous non-registered Healthcare Professionals (EMT/AAP)
  • Level 6 – HCPC registered Paramedic.

Blended Learning

The 21st-century way for you to meet your legal requirements for the health & Safety First Aid Act.

blended learning offers more flexibility for our courses. Take part of your training online, reducing your time in the classroom. This also means that less time is lost to travel. This allows you to study first aid theory at your own pace. The practical modules are then delivered in the classroom, face-to-face with one of our trainers.

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Barry and Hannah carried out First Aid training for 12 of our scaffolding operatives.
They enjoyed the course and said they had learnt a lot of information which they would find useful in the future. So well done Barry and Hannah
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We have used Barry for our 1st Aid training for many years, he is excellent at helping staff achieve competency in their first aid. We would definitely recommend and will continue to complete our training through Barry and his company.
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I completed the blended first aid at work course. There was a lot to learn in a short space of time, but Barry was great! We could have a laugh with him which made us feel more relaxed. I am now confident and have the knowledge to put into practice when needed.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this 3 day course from start to finish. Barry is an incredibly good teacher and made the course engaging and fun.
I’ve learnt a lot and feel much more confident that I could be of help in many different emergency scenarios.
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As always Barry made the practical learning fun and interactive so that the information is easy to remember. The blended form of training was much easier to fit into busy working lives and the interactive online training meant you could go back to sections if needed.
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