FREC3: Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care

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FREC3: Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (Level 3 QCF)

Like all of our training, we deliver to businesses, groups, rescue teams and charities. We need a minimum of 4 learners to run this course.

Our next open course is 18th -22nd April 2022

£550 per person. (£660 with VAT)

Call 0121 517 1030 to book a course

STS Medics deliver courses that meet the requirements of the awarding body but place emphasis on making sure the candidates leave the course feeling confident in their new skills. We do this by making the training as practical as possible, using experienced and friendly trainers.

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Who is this course suitable for:
  • Security staff
  • Medical response teams
  • Volunteer first aiders with a duty to respond (Red Cross/St John’s)
  • Fire and police officers
  • Industrial first aiders
  • Healthcare providers
  • Community responders
Subjects covered include:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Child and Infant BLS
  • Emergency oxygen administration
  • Bag Valve Mask (BVM) and pocket mask
  • Trauma and catastrophic bleeding
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Shock and circulation
  • Sudden poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Airway management
  • Environmental exposure
  • Responding to life-threatening medical conditions

Learners must be 17 years old with a good level of numeracy and literacy skills. Having existing basic first aid knowledge is also recommended (e.g. previous attendance on a First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work or Paediatric First Aid course).

Recognition of Prior Learning:

Learners who have gained a Level 2 First Person On Scene (FPOS) Intermediate qualification within the last 3 years may attend a shorter 3-day FREC requalification course.

Refresher Training:

In line with Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance, it is strongly recommended that first responders undertake annual refresher training that includes Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation.

Further study and progression:

Want a career in pre-hospital medicine?
This qualification may be used towards achieving other pre-hospital care qualifications, including the Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF). Level 5 is equivalent to an Ambulance Technician and successful level 6 candidates can apply for UK Paramedic registration.


There 13 practical tests, 3 theory multiple-choice assessments and

4 skills tests with a continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.
Booking a course:

Course Duration: 5 days


£550 per person plus VAT

To book a FREC3 course with STS Medics, call 0121 517 1030.

For more information, or if you have any questions please contact us.

Awarding body:





Clinical endorsement:

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of pre-hospital care.

Certificate validity:

3 years

SIA Approved:

The award is recognised as suitable for SIA licence and most security sector employers have now recommended this as a replacement for the FPOS award.

Course breakdown:
  • Classroom contact hours: 35 hrs
  • Self-directed/revision hours: 14hrs

The first day starts at 10 am to help candidates travelling long distances.

The Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC®) is accepted as covering all learning outcomes and assessment criteria contained within the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work qualification. As such this qualification exceeds the HSE’s standard requirements for those acting as a workplace first aider and also covers a number of additional training needs that are often identified in ‘higher risk’ working environments.

Location of training can be at your workplace or at our location in the West Midlands.