Fire and Leadership Studies (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Fire and Leadership Studies (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F745; Short form: F&LFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
Developing Academic Knowledge
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Current Legal Issues
Introduction to Geography and Environmental Management


Investigation Project
Archaeology Project
Key Themes in Archaeology
Professional Policing
Introduction to Engineering Analysis
Introduction to History

Year 2

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 3

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 4

Compulsory modules

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

Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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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.

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.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.


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.


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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