BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue

ife_logoIn conjunction with West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and in consultation with the Fire Service College, the University of Wolverhampton is offering a vocational degree course. This is a well-balanced and highly relevant professional programme of study for students intending to seek a career in the fire and rescue services or industrial and aviation sector. The degree contains a number of engineering and science modules including mathematics, chemistry and physics.

The course can be studied on either a full-time (3 years) of part-time (5-6 years) basis. The information below is reproduced from the University of Wolverhampton. CLICK HERE for more details on their own website.

Aims

It is a requirement of the degree that students, during their three years of study, become community volunteers or retained firefighter with West Midlands Fire and Rescue services and undertake the initial fire fighters training programme. West Midlands, Staffordshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue services have, and will continue, to contribute to the curriculum design and content, and the programme will include 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.

This award is specifically and uniquely designed to equip students for a future career as a professional fire fighter. The professionally focused nature of this programme is designed to not only provide knowledge and skills sufficient to seek employment in the fire and rescue services, but to also establish a firm foundation upon which to build a career.

Employability

It is a requirement of the degree that students, during their three years of study, become community volunteers or retained firefighter with West Midlands Fire and Rescue services and undertake the initial fire fighters training programme. West Midlands, Staffordshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue services have, and will continue, to contribute to the curriculum design and content, and the programme will include 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.

Successful completion of this award will equip you for a professional career in the fire and rescue services. You will be expected to become community volunteers with West Midlands Fire and Rescue service, engaging in a series of highly relevant extra-curricular activities that will allow you to apply your knowledge to practical situations. In addition, all courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Masters and Doctoral level.

The degree is accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers. Students upon graduation are eligable to apply to become members of the Institution (MIFE).

Content

Year 1 provides a sound foundation in the principal academic subjects upon which the remainder of the course is built, principally science, engineering and management. Your first year programme includes a detailed examination of the fire and rescue services, their current role and the challenges they face. You will also complete a ‘study skills’ module which will help you 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 fire fighter. You will learn about hazardous materials, emergency planning, fire scene investigation, leadership skills and building design and construction, and will undertake a reflective learning programme based upon your practical engagement with West Midlands Fire and Rescue service.

Year 3 engages you in subject specific modules that have been designed to equip you to become a professional fire fighter. You will study people management, the legislative framework within which the fire and rescue services operate, critical care and safeguarding casualties, inter-professional working and water engineering. You will also complete a research project based around your volunteering engagement with West Midlands Fire and Rescue service.

Outcomes

As a graduate of this course you 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 of fire and rescue services
  • understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to the fire and rescue services
  • the ability to undertake research and communicate the findings of research appropriately
  • application of theory to real-world practice of fire and rescue related areas
  • the ability to act independently, managing and critically reflecting upon your own learning.

Why WLV?

This is a vocational degree providing you with the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skills upon which you can develop a professional career in the fire and rescue and related areas, for example industrial or aviation. It is expected that your degree and successful completion of the volunteering and initial fire fighters training programme will be recognised by fire and rescue services nationally.

 
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