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FREUC 5 – First Response & Emergency Urgent Care Level 5 

This regulated and nationally recognised course is a next step qualification from FREC 4 and is designed for those who wish to further their career within the pre-hospital care sector by providing learners with in-depth knowledge, skills and competencies to assess and manage a variety of pre-hospital care emergencies such as acute conditions, life-threatening conditions, end of life care, and childbirth to name a few.


Additionally, this qualification can be used to form a series of pre-hospital care qualifications for the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).


FREUC 5 – Course Breakdown

Course duration: Total qualification time 1040 hours

750 hours of clinical placement

15 days 🡪104 hours of contact teaching

186 hours of self-learning


To qualify within this course, the 4 mandatory components must be completed, and 1040 hours of total qualification time will be required, including a 104 hours of contact learning which are done over a 15-day period as well as 750 hours on clinical placement. It is recommended that the student partakes in 186 hours of self-learning for which they will receive guidance from the instructors. 


Within this course, the students will cover the following subjects:


Unit 1: Principles of clinical practice

  • Roles and responsibilities of a clinician

  • Professional practice

  • Clinical decision making

  • Research, review & reporting skills


Unit 2: Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in clinical practice

  • Effects of disease and disorders on the body

  • Assessing and managing acute symptoms for various conditions

  • Assess and manage a patient with chest pain

  • Recognise and manage life-threatening infections


Unit 3: Emergency and urgent care to patients with specific needs

  • Obstetrics & gynaecology

  • Support older people and service users with specific needs

  • Provide end-of-life care


Unit 4: Emergency and urgent care in the pre-hospital care environment 

  • Clinical decision making

  • Resource management

  • Post incident management 

  • ECG & capnography interpretation

  • Patient management & incapacitating agents

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