University of Central Lancashire

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Energy Institute

Fire and Leadership Studies

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Course summary

Course Overview

  • Fire and Leadership Studies is extremely popular. The result of a unique, pioneering collaboration with the fire and rescue services, it recruits bright talent straight to them.
  • The course combines academic study with practical hands-on training in fire service operations. It covers leadership, fire risk management, fire and rescue operations, fire science, fire safety, fire investigation, human resource management, business and management practice.
  • We combine theoretical science with hands-on practical and leadership skills. Recent course improvements include breathing apparatus, road traffic accident rescue technician training and trauma care.
  • If you’re ultimately looking for a rewarding career in local authority fire and rescue services, this is an excellent route to take. There’s a part-time option for serving officers. This also means full-time students benefit from learning alongside experienced operational firefighters.
  • The course is supported by an industrial liaison group, which reviews and inputs into the course to ensure it meets fire industry needs.
Why study with us
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Fire and Leadership Studies is ranked 10th in the UK with 84% of students satisfied with the teaching quality (Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • An operational module is delivered in cooperation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service so you’ll learn from their expertise.
  • Benefit from the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available in our new £35m Engineering Innovation Centre.
Further Information
  • This programme has many practical aspects including a four-week operational fire-fighting course where time is spent within services carrying out community fire safety education.
  • Students are encouraged to seek summer placements within supporting fire and rescue services and every effort is made to assist in this important aspect of development and service integration.
  • This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry between the second and third years.


Year 1: Compulsory modules; Introduction to Combustion and Fire, Leadership and Motivation, Safety & Fire Law, Community Safety, Skills for Fire Studies, Buildings Materials & Fire. Optional modules; One module of elective choice which may be Operational Firefighting Year 2: Compulsory modules; Safety Health & Environment, Project Management, Fire Safety Management and Legislation, Work Organisation & Change, Community Safety Strategies, Managing Personnel & Human Resources, Accidents & Catastrophes. Optional modules, one module of elective choice Year 3: Compulsory modules; Fire Studies Dissertation, Fire Investigation, Strategic Risk Decision Making, Leadership and Change Management, Hazards & Risk Management

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Energy Institute, The
  • Fire Engineers, Institution of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Fire and Leadership Studies at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS