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FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

For 2020 start

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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 former Chair of Cornwall Search and Rescue Team. Other tutors include a serving fire-fighter, 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.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Emergency Sector Management and Interoperability (top-up)

Possible Careers 

  • Paramedic
  • Firefighter
  • Coastguard
  • Humanitarian Relief Agencies
  • Local Authority or Civil Contingencies
  • Emergency Planning
  • Police officer
  • Military
  • Voluntary emergency sector
  • Prison service
  • Private emergency sector

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: N290
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
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 (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 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

The Cornwall College Group delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

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Course Documents

FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management Handbook (2019-20)
FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Search Management
  • Patient Assessment
  • Operational Firefighting
  • The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Rescue &
    Emergency Management
  • Research Skills & Secondary Analysis
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Resource Management
  • Technical Rescue
  • Managing Incidents & Emergency Situations
  • Emergency Planning & Contingency
  • Managing Patients from Hostile Environments

*Modules are subject to change and availability


Public Services & Military Academy
Public Services & Military Academy


FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdSc Rescue & Emergency Management

Start Date





3 years part-time

*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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information