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

For 2018 start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 6 Public Services & Military Academy

This programme is unique and very distinctive in offering high level training in interoperability. In 2012 the Government formed the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) to address the recommendations and findings from a number of major incident reports, which stressed the need for all the services involved in planning for and in responding to emergencies, to co-operate in a more effective manner.

The development of interoperability is pivotal so that the emergency services can respond to the increasing challenges facing the modern world. On completion of this programme you will have credible graduate level skills and knowledge, in addition to relevant work experience, enabling you to both enter into and then rapidly advance through into leadership positions within your chosen professions.

The programme content will look at the current challenges faced by the emergency services and sector in moving towards more cohesive and interoperable methods of working in an uncertain world. These include the issues around modern day terrorism, the requirements for organisational change within the emergency sector to meet these demands and to ensure greater effectiveness in joint working. People and workforce management issues will also be included in the programme content where relevant models and theories will be examined and appraised.

Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– Masters-level programmes at other institutions

Possible Careers

– Ambulance Service

– Police and Fire Service

– County Councils

– Health and Nursing Sector

– Civil Contingency

– Emergency Planning Offices

– Local Resilience Forums

– Armed Forces

– Private consultancy work

– Voluntary Search and Rescue sector


– Coastguard

– Mountain Rescue




Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 20C8
  • Institution codes: B18
  • Awarded by: Bicton College & Plymouth University
Entry Requirements

120 credits from successful completion of relevant Level 5 FdSc or HND programme. Individuals with suitable industry experience and background may be considered for entry to this course without formal academic qualifications.


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

BSc Emergency sector Management and Interoperability Handbook 2017-18-DONE


Indicative Module Year 1

- Honours Project

- Counter Terrorism in the 21st Century

- Interoperability

- Risk, Threats & Health and Safety

- People & Workforce Management  

*Modules are subject to change and availability


BSc (Hons) Emergency Services (Interoperability) (top-up)*

Start Date

September 2018




1 year full-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.

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