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First Response Emergency Care (FREC 4) Training for Individuals

Duration: 5 days

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The QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification is specifically designed for those who want to provide prehospital care to patients requiring emergency treatment.

As the next step for those who have completed the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) or equivalent, this qualification is ideal for those looking to progress their career in the emergency services, ambulance services, event medical sector and high risk workplaces. Successful candidates will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to be able to deal with a wide range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: major incidents, fracture immobilisation, sick and injured children, mental health problems and more.

Fulfilling the competencies set out in the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level E, this Ofqual regulated qualification is the ideal foundation for those who are progressing in education to become a registered healthcare professional.

Courses can be arranged at your own premises – please contact us to check that you have suitable facilities, as we will require space for the training sessions and the assessments (where applicable).

Want to know more about the FREC 4 course and qualification?

Click this link for the full Level 3 specification QA Level 4 FREC Qualification Specification

FREC 4 course outline

  • Initial patient assessment
  • Physiological measurements
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Heart disease
  • Electrocardiogram application and monitoring
  • Managing a patient’s airway – supraglottic airways
  • Medical gases – including dosages and administration
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Mechanisms of injury and kinetics
  • Triage
  • Full body and limb immobilisation
  • Sexual assault
  • Major incidents
  • Psychosocial development in children
  • Emergency care for sick and injured children
  • Mental health problems
  • Assisting with advanced airway management, vascular access and infusion

FREC 4 Course Dates


We are taking bookings for a course once the lockdown has eased.

Cost: £550 + VAT per attendee
or £2750 + VAT for a group of up to 6


Additional information about the FREC 4 course

Intended audience: This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide pre-hospital care to patients requiring emergency care/treatment.

Structure: This qualification contains 3 mandatory units with a total value of 16 credits. .

Learners must complete all assessments/skills tests in all the units successfully to achieve the qualification. The minimum time to complete this qualification is 3 weeks and the maximum is 20 weeks.

Each credit is equivalent to 10 hours learning time. Learning time consists of guided learning hours (GLH) and self-directed study. GLH are a measure of the contact time a typical Learner will require in direct guidance – from a Trainer – to complete their programme of learning successfully, which for this qualification should be a minimum of 35 hours over 5 days (excluding breaks). Sessions should be a minimum of 2 hours. Learners should be encouraged to do a minimum of 125 hours of self-directed study, which should include additional reading and may include applied practice.

Other units: No other units can be combined to count towards the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF).

Relationship with other related qualifications: The QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) can be transferred to other qualifications under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards achievement of that qualification providing it is achieved within its registration period.

Entry requirements: Learners must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training.

Learners must have successfully completed the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification or a QA recognised equivalent before they can begin the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification.

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent

Progression: The QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) qualification may be used towards other qualifications at the same and higher levels, plus aid career progression in a relevant profession.

Requalification requirements: This qualification is valid for a period of 3 years. The Learner needs to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified. Requalification training should be delivered in no less than 21 hours (3 days) excluding breaks. Note: Requalification requires successful completion of the original qualification.

Next step: FREC 4 (or equivalent) is an entry requirement for FREC 5.

To discuss your first aid training requirements or to make a booking, please call First Aid Training Associates on 01508 570318 or complete our enquiry form.

This course (presentation and content) was far superior to my last course with a large national organisation. Excellent!
Just wanted to give a little feedback on the Emergency First Aid at Work Course I attended last Friday. It was by far the most informative first aid course I have attended and I thought Simone was excellent, keeping everyone engaged for the whole day.
An excellent course and trainer. He was extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He answered every question thoroughly, giving accurate guidance on how to deal with every scenario. I will be using the company again, very soon. Thanks!
I found the course very useful and engaging. It helped to have all the equipment available for practical use. Our trainer made the class comfortable and welcoming. At no point did I feel pressured or out of my comfort zone. A very nice environment to learn in. Thank you!
The trainer was very engaging. It was clear he knew the science behind why things were done, not just “because”. He was always happy to answer any questions on the subject. His management was also impressive when it came to the less co-operative members of the group. The topic was clear and concise with information suitable to all work places, including domestic and public.
Very good content and well delivered by experienced and skilful trainer. I am now aware and confident to deliver first aid.
I really enjoyed it. The knowledge of the trainer was good and he added in more science than other people have, so it wasn’t boring as I understood it and learnt more things.
I found this training a lot better than first aid training I’ve been to before. Not only was I having a first aid course, but it also felt a bit like a biology session too, which was good. I can’t think of any ways to improve it, as it was very interesting.