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Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training.
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 or numeracy or equivalent and have previous first aid experience.

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Course Selection QA level 3 First Response Emergency Care (RQF) – FREC 3 5 day course
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The QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (FREC 3) is a regulated and nationally recognised qualification specifically designed for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector or those who work in high-risk workplaces. Over a 5 day period, Learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of Prehospital care emergencies, such as:

  • managing a patient’s airways
  • catastrophic bleeding
  • management of fractures
  • medical emergencies
  • and more.

Endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfilling the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, this fantastic qualification is perfect for a range of roles in emergency care, such as Event Medical Responder and Emergency Care Support Worker.

CIPHER Medical uses experienced and appropriately qualified paramedic and out of hospital educators, with state of the art equipment, in a realistic learning environment to ensure learners get the best possible learning and simulation as close as possible to real-life clinical practice.

Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training.
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 or numeracy or equivalent and have previous first aid experience.

Delegates will be issued a certificate of qualification valid for 3 years. To remain valid FREC 3 holders should complete an annual basic life support and AED update. 

  • Managing a patient’s airways
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Management of fractures
  • Medical emergencies
  • and more.


Under new heading Parking to all courses add “There is limited parking on site due to 24 hour operational staff use. There is ample on street parking nearby, but delegates are encouraged to cycle, use public transport or car share where possible. Please follow government guidance on transport during COVID-19 control measures. 

Getting there

By car – The address and postcode is CIPHER Medical, 5 Limeoak Way, Stockton on Tees, TS18 2LS.

By foot – We are based just under a mile from Stockton High Street (approx 15 minutes’ walk).

CIPHER Map Location

By public transport – Stockton High Street is well served by busses. Stockton Railway Station and Thornaby Railway Station are both approximately 1 mile from the venue. 

By bike – We are just off the National Cycle Network Routes 1 and 14.

Cycle Route to CIPHER location

Where to stay

There are a range of accommodations to suit every budget. These are two hotels within a short journey that we can recommend. 

 Hampton by Hilton Stockton on Tees, Church Rd, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TW (0.5 miles).

 Premier Inn Stockton on Tees (Teesside), Teesside International White Water Course, Whitewater Way, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6QB (1.2 miles)


Equipment Required

Stationary, tablets or laptops for note-taking and reference during lessons. All other equipment will be provided. 

Dress Code

Due to the practical nature of the course, including simulation and use of simulated blood, students are encouraged to wear robust clothing, including sturdy footwear. Some simulations may take place outdoors and therefore warm/waterproof clothing should be brought where appropriate.

Pre Course Reading / Learning

Students will receive textbooks prior to the course for use for the duration of the programme. These must be returned in good condition on conclusion of the course or purchase can be arranged.

Click here to view qualification specification. 

Candidates who hold the 2 day Level 3 Award for Emergency Responders may be considered for RPL which will lead to a reduced requirement for attendance. They will, however, need to undertake all assessments.



Refreshments will be provided throughout the course. Food storage, refrigeration and microwaves are available for lunch preparation during the course. There are a number of shops within a few minutes’ drive of the venue. 

CIPHER Medical has risked assessed and taken appropriate measures recommended by the UK Government to ensure the safety of delegates and staff taking part in essential face-to-face training, including the provision of appropriate sanitisation facilities and PPE. 

Delegates are encouraged to bring a face covering, however, if you forget we will provide you with one. 

Courses will go ahead subject to any restrictions imposed by the UK Government, including local lockdowns or changes in legislation. CIPHER Medical will do our utmost to provide reasonable notice to all delegates, however, restrictions could be imposed at any time and are beyond our control. Course fees will be refunded for any course cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Please check in to the UK Government Test and Trace with the QR code below or displayed in the venue on the day.

Our Reviews Leave Review
  1. Jodie

    Really good course, would recommend for anyone that wants to start their career and gain some knowledge in emergency care. Great teaching staff, really friendly and always offer help when needed!

  2. Adam Howell

    A really good course – tutor had amazing knowledge and the practical elements were first class. Highly recommend CIPHER!!!

  3. Jayne

    Brilliant course, enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommend Cipher Medical for training. Looking forward to doing my Level 4 soon.

  4. Debbie Mandeville

    Well what can I say..fabulous course, thoroughly enjoyed every aspect, very well taught, tutor done fantastic. Looking forward to frec 4, expanding my knowledge and hopefully furthering my career with the fabulous cipher family.

  5. Ryan Sabin

    Absolutely amazing course, learn so much from doing this. I can’t fault the trainer at all. The training is fantastic and the majority of the course is practical which is brilliant to get hands on. The equiptment that we used couldn’t be better and I would highly recommend this course.

  6. Natalie

    Amazing course, well delivered, very informative. Great facilities and equipment.

  7. Connor Mallinson

    Great advancement to my sports therapy degree.
    Real applications, taught brilliantly.

  8. Ellis

    Great course, trainer explained everything very well. Very practical and engaging at all times. Along with completing the course in a great working environment.

  9. Jamie-Lee Sickling

    Brilliant course. This course has helped me build self confidence. It provided an intense but very interesting way of building my first aid knowledge.

  10. Tracy

    Scary. Informative. Adventure, my 3 words to describe my FREC03 experience. Trainer and training very informative presented professionally. Thank you Cipher.

  11. Mathew

    No negative comments to add, Aaron is a fantastic teacher with great experience in the field of pre hospital care and medicine, highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to start their career in the medical field.

  12. Sam

    Really good training team. Very knowledgeable and approachable. Instructor helped with my skills and made the learning environment fun and easy. Amazing course and great people.

  13. Lucy

    Amazing course, perfect mix of theory and practical. Aaron was really supportive and knowledge able, always had stories which help make the theory real and easier to understand.

  14. M thomas

    Very good instructor teaching was aimed at the full class of varying levels of knowledge

  15. Taylor

    The instructor was very professional and had clear instructions to gain and improve my knowledge. He was very clear and made the course go very smoothly and comfortable.

  16. Yasmin

    The course is brilliant, really informative and has a good range of equipment to allow you to gain the full experience. The instructor had a great knowledge of the course and made the learning fun and enjoyable.

  17. Karen Howell

    Aaron’s approach to teaching is outstanding. He is very knowledgeable and explains in great depth. I was very nervous but Aaron made me feel comfortable. I will definitely recommend this company and course to others 🙂

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