Fire & Rescue Service Management Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: Foundation Degree in Fire and Rescue Service Management
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L492
Code: SS2571A12
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 Years
Part time: 4 Years
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

If you are looking to join and sustain a career in the Fire & Rescue Service then our Fire and Rescue Service Management (FdA) will give you the edge against other candidates.

This unique UK degree has been designed and developed in consultation with a UK Fire Service to UK standards. The course is designed to appeal to those already engaged in relevant employment as well as those wishing to work in Fire & Rescue service roles.

You will study modules such as: Fire Investigation & Evidence Preservation, Incident Command, Fire Protection, Crisis Management, Fire Science, Petrochemical Risks amongst others as well as a range of tailored business subjects such as Organisational Behaviour. This course should to appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into higher education after a gap of study.

The Foundation Degree in Fire and Rescue Service Management focuses on the application of key knowledge outcomes to current Fire Service operations and strategy. This unique UK degree has been designed and developed to ensure that it addresses the operational and strategic needs of the UK Fire & Rescue Service. The course is designed to appeal to those already engaged in relevant employment as well as those wishing to work in these fields who will also benefit from the course.

This course is one of University Centre at Blackburn College's flagship programmes and has been developed through collaboration with UK Fire & Rescue Services. University Centre at Blackburn College is a member of the IFE (Institution of Fire Engineers) and also a member of the FPA (Fire Protection Association). The programme has 'recognised educational programme' accreditation with the IFE.

What will I study?

The Degree will be offered over four semesters in which 16 modules are completed and can be delivered by either traditional face-to-face tuition or through a blended model including a combination of flexible delivery and face to face tuition. The delivery also includes a flexible but compulsory work based learning experience, which will focus on the application of theory to practice in relation to modules such as Incident Command, Fire Investigation, Fire Protection and others. The programme as a whole will develop academic and vocational skills with particular emphasis on problem solving, research, reflective practice, project management, leadership and management contextualised to Fire and Rescue operations and strategies. Targeted personal development plans will ensure and empower the academic vocational and work-based development.


In the first year you will study 5 mandatory modules:

  • Risk Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods
  • Reflective Practitioner
  • Management and Leadership

And be able to choose 3 optional modules from the list below (subject to staff availability/student demand):

  • Fire Investigation & Evidence Preservation
  • Incident Command
  • Fire Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • Aviation Incident Scene Management
  • Contemporary Public Service Provision

In the second year of the programme, if studying full-time, you will study 5 mandatory modules:

  • Managing Resources and Performance
  • Crisis Management
  • Law, Ethics & Globalisation
  • Research Project
  • Work-based Learning

You will then choose a further 3 optional modules from the choice below (subject to staff availability and student demand):

  • Environmental Management
  • Community Safety
  • Fire Science
  • Aviation Risks
  • High Hazard Risks
  • Petrochemical Risks
  • Managing Diversity
  • Procurement & Commissioning
  • Management of Training & Development

Download the Programme Specification for FdA Fire & Rescue Service Management. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.


Entry Requirements

You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. for this particular programme are £10,800 per year which includes Hot Fire Training. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.





How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by a variety of methods while studying on the course. This includes: examinations, reports, essays, case studies, individual presentations, practical assessments and evidence portfolios.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

On completion of the course it is possible to progress on to Fire & Rescue Service Management BA (Hons) Top Up. It can also support career progression for those already in employment. You may also choose, upon completion of the course to seek employment in a variety of roles within the Fire and Rescue services, or other relevant occupations.

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"There was evidence of a high level of teaching supported by feedback to students. The content and structure of both programme modules are appropriate, not only to the fire and rescue service and wider fire industry, but also to those seeking to progress to employment within a wider health and safety environment."

External Examiners Report 2014/15
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