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FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

2017 Start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 5 Public Services & Military Academy

Developed in association with the civil resilience and emergency response sector, local authorities, emergency services and the voluntary sector, this programme suits those looking for a career in the emergency services or those looking to develop a career in the rescue and emergency management sector, in the UK and overseas.

This innovative foundation degree is intended to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the areas of managing emergencies, community engagement, casualty care, planning and technical response to search and rescue incidents and emergency situations.
The programme is well respected within the industry and with hard work and the requisite UCAS points it will serve as an excellent stepping stone on to paramedic science programmes.

The strength of this programme lies in the staff who deliver it. The programme manager has 30 years’ experience as a police officer, specialising in search, rescue and emergency management within a multi-agency environment, and current Chair of Cornwall Search and Rescue Team. Other tutors include a serving firefighter, a paramedic and a rescue and climbing instructor. All tutors are experts in their fields and their accumulated experience will provide a considerable resource for you.
The curriculum combines academic research and experiential learning to enable you to develop new skills and knowledge, which you will be able to apply to a wide range of situations. The foundation degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide operational support, improve inter-agency working and continue your higher education study. There are no formal examinations and assessment is through a mix of essays, reports, presentations and practical assessments.

  • 10m climbing wall
  • Duchy College woodland
  • Close access to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor
  • River Dart
  • Quarry

Links with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Training Academy.

Able to work with Emergency Services at their facilities for practical training and exercising due to lecturer industry contacts.

Rescue course students have the opportunity to participate in a field trip of their choice at the end of their studies. They are encouraged to research and then negotiate where the group may go to enhance and add value and depth to their studies. Previous discussions have identified destinations such as New York and London.

Previous field trips and training exercises include:

  • Fire & Rescue training at RAF Portreath
  • Naval fire fighting at RNAS Culdrose
  • Urban Search & Rescue with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
  • Search and Rescue on Dartmoor
  • Navigation exercises on Dartmoor
  • Rope Rescue Techniques on Dartmoor
  • Modules taught at international disaster relief charity ShelterBox
  • Mountain rescue in North Wales
  • Outdoor Education week in South Wales
  • Rope rescue with 771 Naval Air Squadron Search and Rescue

Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Paramedic
  • Firefighter
  • Coastguard
  • Humanitarian Relief Agencies
  • Local Authority or Civil Contingencies
  • Emergency Planning

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: N290
  • Institution codes: B18
  • Awarded by: Bicton College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc Rescue Emergency Management Handbook


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Search Management

- Patient Assessment

- Operational Firefighting

- The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Rescue & Emergency Management

- Health, Well-being & Fitness in the Emergency Sector

- Research Skills

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Modules Year 2

- Research Project

- Resource Management

- Technical Rescue

- Managing Incidents & Emergency Situations

- Emergency Planning & Contingency Management

- Managing Patients from Hostile Environments

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

Start Date

September 2017




2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

Start Date

September 2017




3 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £5000

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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