First Response Emergency Care is a qualification on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and therefore regulated by OFQUAL. The FREC suite of qualifications has been developed by the Awarding Body Qualsafe and clinically endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC). Venture Medical UK is an approved Qualsafe Centre to provide the First Response Emergency Care Level 3 qualification. Our centre, policies, tutors and equipment have passed inspection by Qualsafe to provide this qualification.

The FREC system is modular based, enabling a participant to progress through each level from FREC 3 to FREC 6 if desired.  On successful completion of all levels and competencies, the participant can apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).  The modular nature of this qualification allows the participant to “step -off” at any point.

This Level 3 Certificate meets the FPHC criteria for descriptor ‘D’ provider on the PHEM skills framework.  More details are at the Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) Qualification Specification

This qualification is specifically designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance services, the event medical sector, or those who work in high-risk workplaces (Police Medics, Security Staff, Fire & Rescue staff, mountain rescue, and wilderness guides).

COURSE DURATION AND LOCATIONS
5 days of guided learning with 1 Tutor to 6 participants.   Part of the course will be classroom based with a very high content of practical.  Some of the practical elements and scenarios will be conducted outside in a variety of terrain at our training area.  We want you to be confident and competent in all weathers if you need to apply your prehospital skills.

After 3 years the qualification can be revalidated over 3 days.

AWARDING ORGANISATION
Qualsafe

CLINICAL ENDORSEMENT
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

CERTIFICATES VALID FOR
3 years

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This entry level course requires no previous knowledge in first aid.  Providing a participant is willing to apply themselves and complete the five day FREC 3 and guided learning hours, they should be able to obtain a pass. However, to gain the most from the course, some previous knowledge by attending a first aid course is desirable. Participants need to be at least 17 years old to attend the FREC 3. Due to the assessments adequate numeracy and literature skills are needed to obtain a pass.

ASSESSMENT
Continuous assessment is applied through the course. In addition to this, there are three multi-choice question papers and 15 practical assessments.

PROGRESSION
The FREC Level 3 can be followed by FREC 4, FREC 5 and 6, providing entry requirements are met.  This progressive suite of pre-hospital care qualifications are part of an HCPC approved programme to enable a learner to become a Paramedic.

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