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Fire and Leadership Studies BSc (Hons)

Fire and Leadership Studies BSc (Hons)

School of Engineering

UCAS Code

LN42

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    LN42; Short form: BSc/FLS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This extremely popular course - the result of a unique, pioneering collaboration with the fire and rescue services - is designed to recruit bright talent into the services and fast track you into senior positions. It combines academic study with practical hands-on training in fire service operations and covers leadership, fire risk management, fire and rescue operations, fire science, fire safety, fire investigation, human resource management, business and management practice. If you’re ultimately looking for a rewarding career in local authority fire and rescue services, this is an excellent route to take.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access Course: Distinction in 30 Level 3 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
GCSE: Maths and English C or equivalent
IELTS: 6.0 (with no component below 5.5)

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2; General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Combustion and Fire
  • Leadership and Motivation
  • Safety & Fire Law
  • Community Safety
  • Skills for Fire Studies
  • Buildings Materials & Fire

Optional modules

  • One module of elective choice which may be Operational Firefighting

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Safety Health & Environment
  • Project Management
  • Fire Safety Management and Legislation
  • Work Organisation & Change
  • Community Safety Strategies
  • Managing Personnel & Human Resources
  • Accidents & Catastrophes

Optional modules

  • One one module of elective choice

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Fire Studies Dissertation
  • Fire Investigation
  • Strategic Risk Decision Making
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Hazards & Risk Management

Further Information

The modern UK Fire and Rescue Service has identified a need to recruit forward-thinking individuals, who have the potential to succeed as the managers and leaders of the future. Graduation does not provide guaranteed entry to the Fire and Rescue Service, but aims to equip the students with the skills needed to pursue a career in the fire industry.

The course is extremely popular and there are over one hundred students enrolled. A part-time option for serving officers commenced in 2011. They use the course to enhance their career development opportunities. Therefore full time students will benefit from the experience of operational firefighters. Recent course improvements include breathing apparatus, road traffic accident rescue technician training and trauma care.


 

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The course teaches you to take a strategic perspective. It is very much about the manager’s viewpoint and what is best for the organisation. I have learnt a tremendous amount whilst I have been here and hope to progress once I take up my role.

Aaron Collis

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The course covers leadership, fire risk management, fire and rescue operations, fire science, fire safety, fire investigation, human resource management, business and management practice. There is a theme of community safety that runs throughout. The outcome will provide the foundation for a career in local authority fire and rescue services and other fire-related industries.

FACILITIES

You’ll have access to excellent facilities including new, purpose-built fire laboratories, and get the chance to experience hands-on fire-fighting.


In the 2013 National Student Survey, 100% of fire students said they believed their career prospects had improved as a result of the course.


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £775 per 20 credit module part time

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Industry Links

The combination of bespoke development and academic qualification has made the course particularly attractive to Fire and Rescue Services. Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria have placed students on the course and many others have supported students by offering them placements or work experience or help with research topics.

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Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Energy Institute, on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers as a Recognised Educational Programme (with academic exemption) for Member Grade (MIFireE).

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course delivers a unique combination of theoretical science, hands-on practical and leadership skills through lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. An operational module, which is delivered in cooperation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to attend incidents as professional firefighters and include access to their internationally renowned training and fire investigation facilities.

Modules will be assessed through theory and practical examinations, and coursework. Assessed coursework will include essays, reports, practical exercises, presentations and a dissertation.

Opportunities

While the course doesn’t guarantee entry into the fire and rescue services, it will equip you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to pursue a progressive career in these services. The modern fire and rescue services look to recruit forward-thinking individuals who have the potential to succeed as managers and leaders - this course will give you a head start on other applicants.

The combination of bespoke development and academic qualification has made the course particularly attractive to Fire and Rescue Services. Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria have placed students on the course and many others have supported students by offering them placements or work experience or help with research topics.

The programme has many practical aspects including a four week operational fire-fighting course; time is spent within services carrying out community fire safety education to the public. Students are encouraged to seek summer placements within supporting fire and rescue services and every effort is made to assist in this important aspect of development and service integration. International opportunities include travel and work placement with ‘Operation Florian' which is a charitable organisation working to improve fire service infrastructures in countries where they are lacking. Recent deployments have been to Zimbabwe.

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