BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue (Distance-Learning)


Developed in conjunction with UK fire and rescue services and aimed at servicing firefighters, this professionally-focussed vocational degree offers a well-balanced and highly relevant professional programme of study for those intending to develop their career in firefighting, in the I local authority, airport and industrial fire and rescue service.

A number of services have contributed to curriculum design and content, and the programme includes a ‘guest lecture’ series during which students will be expected to engage in discussion and debate with leading fire and rescue experts on current practice and policy.

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.

Recognised Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

Because this course is aimed at serving firefighters, we recognise that you will have received training and years of working at the “sharp end”. This experience and training will be assessed and you may be given exemption from certain modules.


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 of the course, students can claim the membership grade and post-nominals of an associate member of the IFE. This is another recognised step on your career path.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to become members of the Institution.

Entry Requirements

2017 entry:

240-280 UCAS points, with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
BTEC National Diploma, grade MMM
BTEC QCF Extended Diploma, grade MMM
Access to HE Diploma full award. (Pass of 60 credits – of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3, including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
If you have other qualifications or relevant experience, please consult the UCAS tariff tables or contact us before applying for guidance.

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Successful completion of the course will equip students for a professional career in the fire and rescue services. In addition, all courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Masters and Doctoral level.

Course Duration and Content

Students will be expected to take between 3 and 5 years to complete the course. This will be dependent upon the number of modules per year (3 or 4) and exemption from modules due to RPEL.

Year 1:

A sound foundation in the principal academic subjects upon which the remainder of the course is built, including fire science, fire dynamics, engineering and fire risk management.

A detailed examination of the fire and rescue services, their current role and the challenges they face.

A ‘study skills’ module to help candidates acquire the necessary scholastic abilities to fully engage in an honours degree programme.

Year 2:

Focuses more closely upon the knowledge and skills required to become a professional firefighter.

Students learn about hazardous materials, emergency planning, community safety, fire scene investigation and incident command.

Year 3:

Engages students in subject-specific modules.

Study areas include people management, fire service legislation, fire safety in the built environment, interoperability and collaborative working and operational risk management.

A research project based on a current or emerging issue relevant to the modern fire and rescue service of your choice.


Graduates will be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to graduate employment and specifically to employment within the Fire and Rescue Service and related areas
Critical awareness of the science, engineering and management relevant to fire and rescue services
Understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to firefighting
The ability to undertake research, and communicate findings appropriately
Application of theory to real-world practice of fire and rescue-related areas
The ability to act independently, managing and critically reflecting upon their own learning.
It is expected that the degree – and successful completion of the volunteering and initial fire fighters training programme – will be recognised by fire and rescue services nationally.

Course Costs

Students are expected to enrol on 3 or 4 modules per year at a cost of £926 per module (2017)