First Response Emergency Care (Level 3) (FREC3)


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. 

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

Successful Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competences needed to deal with a wide range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.


CourseFirst Response Emergency Care
Course TypeRegulated RQF - Level 3
Awarding OrganisationQualsafe Awards
Guided Learning Hours35 (minimum 5 days)
Certificate Validity3 Years



Requalification Requirements

This qualification is valid for 3 years. Once the qualification has expired, or due to expire the learner is required to re undertake the course again in order to maintain the qualification. Requalification training and assessment must be conducted in a minimum of 20 contact hours.

This qualification is suited to persons or roles such as:

  • Community First Responders
  • Police, Fire or other emergency services
  • Military
  • First AId Trainers
  • Security
  • Close Protection
  • Stewards
  • Event Medical Industry
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Cabin Crew


Learner ID Requirements

Learners are required to produce photographic identification which will be validated by the Trainer / Assessor and recorded on the course documentation. Trainers / Assessors have a responsibility to ensure learners undertaking the qualification are indeed the person they are claiming to be.

Learners should also provide their Unique Learner Number (ULN) if they have one. 


  • The Pre-Hospital Environment
  • Patient Assessment
  • Assessing a Casualty
  • Airway Management
  • Respiration & Ventilation
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation
  • Circulation & Shock
  • Medical Related Emergencies
  • Trauma Related Emergencies