BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue (full and part-time) at the University of Wolverhampton

Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) Fire & Rescue degree is a vocationally-focussed programme, thoroughly preparing students for a career in the Fire and Rescue Service, and specialist fire and rescue services.

Existing members of the emergency services can also use it to improve their professional skills, and career prospects.

Course content

Year 1

  • Introduction to the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Fire engineering science study skills
  • Fire risk management
  • Introduction to fire leadership and command
  • Fire: dynamics and suppression
  • Fire engineering science

Year 2

  • Emergency planning
  • Hazardous materials and the environment
  • Fire scene investigation
  • Operational fire leadership and command
  • Specialist fire and rescue services
  • Community safety and social policy

Year 3

  • Fire and rescue safety law
  • Strategic fire leadership and command
  • Fire safety and the built environment
  • Fire and rescue project
  • Interoperability and collaboration
  • Operational risk management in the Fire and Rescue Service

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.

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To complete the course full-time course normally takes three years.

The degree can also be undertaken part-time with a distance learning option, which will take between four and six years to complete. Time taken depends on the number of modules studied each year.

The study period may be reduced if candidates have recognised prior experiential learning (RPEL), or transfer of subsidiary qualifications. These can be discussed with the course leaders.

Course accreditation 

The Degree course is accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), the international body for the Fire and Rescue Service. On completion, students will gain the membership grade of Associate Member of the IFE, which is its highest direct entry grade.

The degree is also approved by the British Fire Services Association (BFSA)

Entry Requirements

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC – CCC
  • BTEC QCF extended diploma grade MMM; BTEC QCF diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE diploma full award.

Successful completion of the foundation year of Wolverhampton University’s BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on the course, as does the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences. (International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here).

If you have other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice about applying. The University offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages. Please contact 01902 321150 for more information

Want to know more? 

Contact Mark Taylor (,uk) or Tony Prosser (


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