Certificate in Fire Investigation Cert

Certificate in Fire Investigation Cert


Fire is not discriminatory. It maims, kills and destroys property irrespective of socio economic status and race. Effective fire safety is embedded in the concepts of safe building design, safe product design, risk management and community education. Inevitably serious fires do occur and a fundamental process in learning from these incidents is the conduct of an effective and efficient fire investigation to determine origin and cause. Mapped to the Skills for Justice Occupational Standards for Fire Investigation at Level 5 and offering a gateway to further progression. The course caters for the needs of Level 2 Officers in Fire and Rescue Services and can lead to an advanced certificate with further role related development. This is the development pathway to further qualifications in fire investigation.

Entry and Admissions



STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: One module - Two week taught programme; 60 hours pre-course guided reading and 60 hours post-course guided learning.

SCHOOL: School of Engineering

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:

This course has no specific entry requirements.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: | 2020/21.

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

Course Content

The module will develop students’ skills and knowledge to enable them to conduct a fire investigation and to communicate the findings of the investigation to stakeholders in writing and verbally to in accordance with legal requirements, appropriate conventions and agreed protocols.

Learning Environment & Assessment

Students take theory and practical classes and practical fire investigations are conducted on full scale buildings.  Assessment is by assignments and practicals. Practical assessment involves full scale room burns, preparation of reports and simulated court attendance.     

Academic Expertise

The course is delivered by academics with extensive experience in fire related subjects and fire service professionals who bring years of experience from working in the fire and rescue service.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work. 

Industry links & professional accreditation

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Work experience and international opportunities

Graduate Careers

Fire investigators, either local authority fire and rescue service, private fire investigation companies or as an independent fire investigator.  

Students graduating from this course will be well placed to deal with the challenges of fire investigation. Skills learned will be signed off in acquisition. This course is specifically designed for fire service officers required to conduct Level 2 investigations, but is equally relevant to anyone who wishes to obtain a qualification in this area of expertise.

Progression Routes

This programme forms part of a formal qualification structure for fire investigators and provides access to the Advanced Certificate in Fire Investigation.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Book online

Fire and Rescue Service and other organisations wishing to nominate a number of officers onto the programme should contact The School of Engineering and speak to the Course Leader.

Further information telephone: +44 (0)1772 891994 or email: candthub@uclan.ac.uk


About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk