BSc (Hons) Aviation Fire & Rescue (Distance Learning)

Why choose this course?

Aimed at serving firefighters, this vocational degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant professional programme of study for those intending to develop their career in aviation firefighting.

Successful completion will equip students for future career development in aviation fire and rescue. The curriculum also provides the academic background necessary for postgraduate study at both Masters and Doctoral level.

A number of aviation firefighting services and organisations – including the International Fire Training Centre – have contributed to curriculum design and content.

Studying by distance learning

As a student you will use the University of Wolverhampton’s award winning ‘Wolf’ platform allowing you access to all course materials, as well as the online library. This self contained study is underpinned by access to subject tutors through Skype, Facetime, e-mail and ‘phone.

Self study allows you to learn at your own pace, wherever and whenever you want, while still developing your knowledge and academic skills to achieve your degree.


This degree has been recognised as an approved educational programme by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), the professional body of the firefighting profession.

On completion, students can claim the membership grade and post-nominals of an associate member of the organisation, and are eligible to apply for full membership. This is another recognised step on their career path.

Course duration and content

Students will typically take between three and five years to complete the course, depending on the number of modules taken per year.

Year 1

  • Introduction to the aviation fire and rescue services
  • Foundation in fire science, fire dynamics, engineering and fire risk management.
  • Honours degree-level study skills.

Year 2

  • Focus on aviation firefighting knowledge and skills
  • Hazardous materials, emergency planning, aircraft and airport design, hazards and risks, fire scene investigation and incident command.

Year 3

  • Subject-specific module-focus
  • People management, fire service legislation, CBRNe, interoperability, collaborative working
  • Major aircraft incidents.
  • Research project.

Who teaches the course?

The course is led by former FRS director of operations and head of training and development Tony Prosser and former West Mids FRS Operations Commander Mark Taylor. Between them, they have more than 60 years’ fire-ground experience.

Because this course is aimed at serving firefighters, we recognise that candidates will have received training, and already had experience working at the ‘sharp end’. This will be assessed prior to exemption from certain modules.

Please contact us for academic entry requirements.

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£926 per module