Full-time: Two years, Part-time: Three years.
H121; Short form: FdSc/CFE
Preston (Campus code: U)
The life of a fire safety engineer is diverse and demanding. This foundation programme will prepare you for it, giving you a broad-based, vocationally relevant qualification taught by leading academics and ex-fire professionals. You’ll study fire prevention, development and containment. You’ll get to understand the dynamics of fire, and how to design suppression systems that minimise the human, environmental and financial impact of fire. And alongside specific fire safety knowledge, you’ll develop all-important analytical and critical skills, alongside transferable IT and design abilities, that will stand you in good stead regardless of the career path you choose.
80 points at A2; General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC: Merit, Pass, Pass
QCF BTEC: Merit, Merit
Pass Access Course: 80 Points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
IELTS: Grade 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
This course provides a broad-based and vocationally relevant qualification. Workplace modules are a particular feature of the course, enabling students to study professional practice and develop a portfolio of knowledge and insight that complements formal delivery of fire science and relevant construction technology, engineering and ICT modules.
Your studies begin with an introduction to the fundamentals with the study of combustion and fire, including chemistry, energy transfer and thermodynamics, design, construction, information technology and mathematics. There is a theme of engineering design that will introduce you to the multidisciplinary nature of fire engineering design where safety is applied towards real problems. You will be introduced to the fire laboratory where students carry out experimental work or perform standard fire test. Fire professionals rely heavily on IT skills and you will develop these IT and CAD skills that will help you in design projects, laboratory work, assist you to analyse and present data.
Your studies begin with a deeper understanding of the topics involved in fire safety and risk management as well as developing your analytical and critical skills. You will develop an awareness and understanding of the impact of fires on the built environment, including building construction methods and materials used, smoke movement and control, regulations and standards.
This exciting, state-of-the-art programme provides both workplace and practical experience and is supported by the internationally-recognised Centre for Research in Fire and Hazard Science.
The programme will prepare you for a future career as a fire professional involved in the design of fire systems, building control or fire consultancy. There is also the opportunity for progression onto the final year of a degree programme studying full-time or part-time or if you want to progress further, you’ll be eligible to top up your foundation degree.
You are encouraged to seek summer placements within supporting fire industries 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.
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:
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
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
There is an Industrial Liaising Committee for this course, involving a number of leading companies in fire safety engineering and management, and Fire and Rescue Services.
This course is accredited by the Energy Institute and Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council, as partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer, and is accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers as a Recognised Educational Programme (with academic exemption) for Member Grade (MIFireE).
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory work, project work, case studies, site visits. The mix of teaching methods is designed to motivate and challenge you, considering different learning styles to maximise your potential. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course. You will learn by a variety of methods including innovative information and communication technologies and practical case studies based on research outcomes achieved by the School staff.
The course provides you with both workplace and practical experience and is supported by the internationally-recognised Centre for Research in Fire and Hazard Science.
Assessment is by examination and/or coursework, eg group projects, modelling exercises or time controlled assignments, short answer questions, essays, practical reports or tests, problem solving exercises, critical reviews or presentations.
You’ll have access to excellent facilities including new, purpose-built fire laboratories, supported by state-of-the-art analytical and material characterisation facilities for fire chemistry and fire safety engineering.