The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Fire and Rescue

Why choose this course?

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.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 provides a sound foundation in the principal academic subjects upon which the remainder of the course is built, principally science, engineering and management. Your first year programme includes a detailed examination of the fire and rescue services, their current role and the challenges they face. You will also complete a ‘study skills’ module which will help you acquire the necessary scholastic abilities to fully engage in an honours degree programme.

Year 2 focuses more closely upon the knowledge and skills required to become a professional fire fighter. You will learn about hazardous materials, emergency planning, fire scene investigation, leadership skills and building design and construction. You will also look at the whole fire and rescue sector including Industrial and Aviation Fire and Rescue Services, an additional source of employment.

Year 3 engages you in subject specific modules that have been designed to equip you to become a professional fire fighter. You will study people management, the legislative framework within which the fire and rescue services operate, critical care and safeguarding casualties, and working with other emergency services at major disasters.

You will also complete a research project based on a current or emerging issue relevant to the modern fire and rescue service of your choice.

UNDERGRADUATE

Level 4

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

4GK008 Introduction to the modern Fire and Rescue Service

20

C

4PL010 Fire Risk Management

20

C

4SA009 Fire Engineering Science Study Skills

20

C

4CJ004 Introduction to Fire Leadership and Command

20

C

4FS001 Combustion Chemistry

C

4SA010 Fire Engineering Science

20

Level 5

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

5PL005 Emergency Planning

20

C

Fire Safety in the Built Environment

20

C

5CJ008 Operational Fire Leadership and Command

20

C

5SA012 Specialist Fire and Rescue Services

20

C

Fire Scene Investigation

20

C

5FF006 Hazardous Materials

20

Level 6

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

6LW021 Fire and Rescue Safety Law

20

6FF001 Fire and Rescue Project

20

C

6CJ008 Strategic Fire Leadership and Command

20

C

6LW024 Public Service Collaborative Working

20

C

6HW054 Developing Emergency and Critical Care Skills in Fire and Rescue Situations

20

C

6FF008 Operational Risk in the Fire and Rescue Service

20

Why Wolverhampton?

This is a vocational degree providing you with the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skills upon which you can develop a professional career in the fire and rescue service – local authority, industrial or aviation.

It is expected that your degree and successful completion of a volunteering activity will be recognised by fire and rescue services nationally.

What our students think

"The three years that I was a student on the Fire and Rescue course have helped me to become a well-rounded individual and I have been able to integrate the skills and knowledge that I acquired from the course into my career in the Fire and Rescue Service."

"Throughout the course, I had excellent help from the course staff who were always available for discussion regarding my assignments and they were also there to assist me to connect with the right people when I was trying to gain practical experience in different fields of the Fire and Rescue community - which I believe greatly helped me when I finally applied for employment with the Fire Service."

"To succeed on this course requires one hundred percent commitment from the students but this commitment is reciprocated at every opportunity by the course staff who are always supportive of the students."

"I would not hesitate to recommend this course to any of my colleagues in the Fire Service and also anyone who asks how they can improve their chances of being successfully selected into the modern day Fire and Rescue Service"

Career path

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:

• knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment and specifically to employment within the fire and rescue service and related areas

• critical awareness of the science, engineering and management of fire and rescue services

• understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to the fire and rescue services

• the ability to undertake research and communicate the findings of research appropriately

• application of theory to real-world practice of fire and rescue related areas

the ability to act independently, managing and critically reflecting upon your own learning.

Who accredits this course?

This degree has been recognised by the Institution of Fire engineers (IFE), the professional body of the firefighting profession.

On completion of the course you will be able to claim the membership grade and post-nominals of an associate member of the IFE (A.M. IFE.), A recognised step on your career path.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

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

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time £2,780
2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,050
Part time £2,725

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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