Fire Safety Engineering

Fire Safety Engineering FdSc

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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.
  • This course provides a broad-based and vocationally relevant qualification.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction To Combustion and Fire
  • Safety and Fire Law (half module)
  • Energy Transfer and Thermodynamics
  • Buildings, Materials and Fire
  • Introduction to Engineering Analysis
  • Community Fire Safety
  • Skills for Fire Studies (half module)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Fluid Dynamics of Fire
  • Fire and the Built Environment
  • Fire Safety Management and Legislation
  • Structures, Materials and Fire
  • Community Fire Safety Strategies
  • Fire Science Project

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

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

International Students

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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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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.

Year 1
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.

Year 2
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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Industry Links

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.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute as partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer, and is approved by the Institution of Fire Engineers as a Recognised Educational Programme (with academic exemption) for Member Grade (MIFireE).

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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.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.