The BSc (Hons) Fire & Rescue degree is a vocationally focussed programme intended to prepare students for employment within the fire & rescue services and enhancing existing members of the emergency services career prospects and professional skills. It will enable students to critically assess the operational requirements of industrial and local authority fire and rescue services through a problem-solving approach and present the outcomes in a structured and coherent manner.
What happens on the course?
Semester 1 Starters:
4FF004 Introduction to the Fire and Rescue Service (20 Credits)
4FF003 Fire Engineering Science Study Skills (20 Credits)
4FF006 Fire Risk Management (20 Credits)
4FF005 Introduction to Fire Leadership and Command (20 Credits)
4FF002 Fire Dynamics and Suppression (20 Credits)
4FF007 Fire Engineering Science (20 Credits)
5FF009 Emergency Planning (20 Credits)
5FF006 Hazardous Materials and the Environment (20 Credits)
5FF007 Fire Scene Investigation (20 Credits)
5FF010 Operational Fire Leadership and Command (20 Credits)
5FF011 Specialist Fire and Rescue Services (20 Credits)
5FF008 Community Safety and Social Policy (20 Credits)
6FF010 Fire and Rescue Service Law (20 Credits)
6FF012 Strategic Fire Leadership and Command (20 Credits)
6FF011 Fire Safety in the Built Environment (20 Credits)
6FF001 Fire and Rescue Project (20 Credits)
6FF008 Operational Risk Management in the Fire and Rescue Service (20 Credits)
6FF013 Interoperability and Collaboration (20 Credits)
Developed in conjunction with UK Fire and Rescue Services, this vocational degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant professional programme of study for students intending to seek a career in the fire and rescue services, in local authority fire and rescue services or in airports and industrial fire sectors. The degree contains a number of engineering and science, management and operational modules including fire engineering science, chemistry and leadership and command studies.
A number of services contribute to the curriculum design and content and the programme will include a ‘guest lecture’ series during which students will be expected to engage in discussion and debate with leading fire and rescue experts on current practice and policy.
This award is specifically and uniquely designed to equip students for a future career as a professional fire fighter. The professionally focused nature of this programme is designed to not only provide knowledge and skills sufficient to seek employment in the fire and rescue services, but to also establish a firm foundation upon which to build a career. You are encouraged during the three years of study, to become a community safety volunteer, Young Firefighters Association (YFA) instructor or an on-call (retained) firefighter of a local fire and rescue service. This will enable you to build up a portfolio of academic and practical achievements to enhance your opportunities for a career in the fire service.
Successful completion of this award will equip you for a professional career in the fire and rescue services. You will be expected to engage in a series of highly relevant extra-curricular activities that will allow you to apply your knowledge to practical situations. In addition, all courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Masters and Doctoral level.
The degree is accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to become members of the Institution (MIFE).
What skills will you gain?
As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:
Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment within the fire and rescue services and related areas, for example aviation/commercial / industrial fire & rescue sector;
Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within the fire & rescue professions;
Demonstrate a critical and reflective approach to the academic and practical application of fire & rescue theories and practices;
Utilise a broad range of transferable skills, both personal and academic, enabling the individual to maximise graduate employment within the fire & rescue sector;
Build effective presentation, personal and social qualities to become a confident, digitally literate and enterprising graduate; and
Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards within the fire & rescue sector and recognise their obligations to the ‘profession’ and society.
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These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Community Safety and Social Policy
Fire and Rescue Project
Fire and Rescue Service Law
Fire Dynamics and Suppression
Fire Engineering Science
Fire Engineering Science Study Skills
Fire Risk Management
Fire Safety in the Built Environment
Fire Scene Investigation
Hazardous Materials and the Environment
Interoperability and Collaboration
Introduction to Fire Leadership and Command
Introduction to the Fire and Rescue Service
Operational Fire Leadership and Command
Operational Risk Management in the Fire and Rescue Service
Specialist Fire and Rescue Services
Strategic Fire Leadership and Command
Who accredits this course?
Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)
Accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirements for IFE membership.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
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The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.