The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Fire and Rescue

Why choose this course?

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:


Year 1

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)

Year 2

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)

Year 3

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)

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

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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:

  1. 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;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within the fire & rescue professions;
  3. Demonstrate a critical and reflective approach to the academic and practical application of fire & rescue theories and practices;
  4. Utilise a broad range of transferable skills, both personal and academic, enabling the individual to maximise graduate employment within the fire & rescue sector;
  5. Build effective presentation, personal and social qualities to become a confident, digitally literate and enterprising graduate; and
  6. Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards within the fire & rescue sector and recognise their obligations to the ‘profession’ and society.

Who accredits this course?

Accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirements for IFE membership.

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Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • 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.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • 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 for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975
2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

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 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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