University of Central Lancashire

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

Fire and Leadership Studies (Foundation Entry)

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Course summary

Course Overview

  • Fire and Leadership Studies is the result of a unique, pioneering collaboration with the fire and rescue services, it recruits bright talent to the services and fast tracks you to senior positions.
  • Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly enter their chosen Honours degree programme.
  • This 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.
Why study with us
  • The course is supported by an industrial liaison group, which reviews and inputs into the course to ensure it meets fire industry needs.
  • An operational module is delivered in cooperation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service so you’ll learn from their expertise.
  • There’s a part-time option for serving officers. This also means full-time students benefit from learning alongside experienced operational firefighters.
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.
  • You 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: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Introduction to Forensic Science, Introduction to Current Legal Issues, Introduction to Geography and Environmental Management, Investigation Project, Archaeology Project, Key Themes in Archaeology, Professional Policing, Introduction to Engineering Analysis, Introduction to History Year 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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:

  • Foundation

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 £6500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6500 Year 1
Scotland £6500 Year 1
Wales £6500 Year 1
Channel Islands £6500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £6,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Fire and Leadership Studies (Foundation Entry) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS