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QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3) (RQF)

5 day course

Valid for 3 years

SIA accepted

Private ambulance recognised

Group booking discount

Who Is It For?

Those who want to work for the events medical sector or a private ambulance service as an Ambulance Care Assistant (ACA). 

Close Protection Officers or any other profession in the security industry who may require this qualification for their license.

All high risk professions that require a medical qualification higher than First Aid. 

What Is It For?


The Qualsafe FREC 3 (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised pre-hospital care qualification ideal for those seeking work in the private ambulance, event medical and security sectors. This qualification will enable you to work as an Ambulance Care Assistant (ACA) and provide entry onto the FREC 4 course. This is the first of three FREC courses that after completion will enable you to progress onto the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic practice and register as a HCPC Paramedic in the UK. 

This qualification is recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and is ideal for Close Protection Officers (CPO) working within the private security sector. FREC 3 is a nationally recognised pre-hospital care qualification as it is authorised by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care at PHEM level D. Holding this certificate is favourable for all high risk professions and first responder job roles.

Course Content

  • Roles and responsibilities

  • Medical emergencies

  • Patient assessment

  • Airway management

  • Adult, child, infant CPR & AED

  • ROSC procedures

  • Emergency Oxygen

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Incident reporting

  • Catastrophic bleeding

  • Shock

  • Poisoning and intoxication

  • External and internal bleeding

  • Helmet removal

  • Immobilisation​

  • Environmental exposure

  • Burns and scalds

  • Minor injuries


3 x Practical assessments

3 x Multiple choice question papers

3 x Skill test

1 x Invigilated exam

What Do You Need?

  1.  To be aged 17 or over. 

  2.  To attend 5 days of face-to-face teaching (Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm). There is free on-site parking, or we can come to you.

  3.  To undertake some prior learning using books which can also be used on the FREC 4 course. An email will be sent to you 4 weeks before the course with further details. 

Come To Us

£580 inclusive of VAT

7th February - 11th February 2022

We Can Come To You

Minimum booking of 6 students, please contact us for more information.


Do your trainers have the relevant qualifications?


Our courses are delivered by either a Paramedic or EMT. All of our trainers have years of experience working on frontline ambulances and draw on patient encounters to engage learners. Most of our trainers are still actively working for the local NHS ambulance service. All clinicians have an additional Award in Education & Training

What do I wear to the course?


The course involves many practical teaching sessions so light weight clothing such as sportswear and trainers are ideal. Try to minimise accessories and jewellery -  basic is best. 

What do I bring to the course?

Please bring some basic stationary, such as a pen and notepad. Refreshments are provided in the form of hot drinks & snacks but please bring lunch. There is a fridge and microwave on site. You will need to show the instructor a valid form of photographic ID on the first day of the course.


What books do I need for the course?

We recommend 2 books to help you with your pre-course study, however only one of those is a necessity:

We also recommend the book 'Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness' by Ross and Wilson. It is recommended that you do 14 hours of pre-course study from these books. Further information will be sent to you 4 weeks before the course start date. 



What happens if I fail an assessment?

A date will be arranged between you and your instructor for you to attend a re-sit. All re-sits are free of charge and constructive feedback will be provided with areas of improvement. 

Do you offer group booking discounts?

Yes, we offer group discounts if the booking is for 4 or more people. Please get in touch to discuss further options. 

What is your cancellation policy?

You can cancel your booking up to 3 weeks before the course start date free of charge. Because we are unlikely to fill your spot after this date, if you need to cancel within the 3 weeks from your course start date, please note you are unable to receive a refund. If you find someone to replace you on the course, we will be happy to swap you, free of charge. 

What is the course location address?

Our courses are run from the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) HQ in Dereham. The full address is:

Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, Millbanks, Hall Ln, Dereham NR20 3GG.

What are the course timings?

The course runs from a Monday to Friday, and starts promptly at 9am. There will be an hour break for lunch, and the days will end at 5pm. Please try and arrive 15 minutes early. 

Further course information? 

The structure of the course is 14 hours pre-course learning from textbooks. Precise details of what areas require study will be supplied 4 weeks prior to the course start date. It is then a 5 day (9am-5pm) intensive course with assessments and exams taking place on the last day. 

Book now for course date:

7th - 11th February 2022

£580 inclusive of VAT

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