Frequently asked questions

Course Description


This Ofqual regulated pre-hospital care qualification is ideal for those who have a specific responsibility to respond to emergency situations. The qualification is approved by Qualsafe Awards (the UK’s largest Awarding Organisation for first aid qualifications) and is clinically endorsed by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC). The Level 3 Certificate meets the FPHC criteria for descriptor ‘D’ provider on the PHEM Skills Framework. The life saving skills taught are particularly suited to security staff, medical response teams, fire and police officers, industrial first aiders, healthcare providers and community responders. The topics covered include:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and 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 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. Why Choose Rapid Response Medical? Your FREC course will be taught by Paramedics with years of front line experience, taught from our dedicated training centre in the heart of the West Midlands you will train using the latest equipment. Rapid Response Medical has its own CQC registered ambulance service allowing us to run realistic and engaging scenarios using our own vehicles and facilities. Expect a fantastic training experience when you book with us. We also offer our students oppotunites to work on our BANK once qualified to gain valuble experience. Assessment and Requalification: Learners will be continually assessed throughout the duration of the FREC® course, with successful candidates receiving a QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) certificate. This is valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed by attending a 3 day FREC® requalification course. Entry Requirements: All Learners must be at least 17 years old and possess reasonable numeracy and literacy skills. 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. Progression: This qualification may be used towards achieving other pre-hospital care qualifications, including the Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF). Qualsafe now also offer a route to Paramedic through there range of FREC courses. Training Location & Facilities: Our courses are delivered from our dedicated training venue in Cannock, Staffordshire (15 Miles North Of Birmingham). Our facilities include a fully equipped training centre along with Ambulances and plenty of outdoor space for training.




Certification & Accreditation


Learners will be continually assessed throughout the duration of the FREC® course, with successful candidates receiving a QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) certificate. This is valid for a period of 3 years and can be renewed by attending a 3 day FREC® requalification course.




Further Information


Progression: This qualification may be used towards achieving other pre-hospital care qualifications, including the Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF). Qualsafe now also offer a route to Paramedic through there range of FREC courses. When you complete your FREC Level 3 course with us you will receive a voucher for a 10% discount to book your FREC Level 4 course with us.