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What is this Programme about?

This programme is designed for those who are keen to develop and consolidate their business and management skills through lectures, discussion and analysis of key management concepts across the broad spectrum of business in the emergency services sector. The programme aims to help students progress to a standard of understanding and analytical thinking that enables them to advance in their careers and to Masters Level should they wish to do so.

Programme details

This BBS Management programme will provide individuals with an in-depth understanding of the theories, concepts and methods relating to the field of emergency services management and will provide students with the basis and grounding in theory and practical application to in time take on supervisory and management roles in the emergency services sector.

This Honours Degree programme offers specialist modules such as:

  • Fire Safety Science
  • Incident Command & Risk Management in the Operational Environment
  • Buildings Controls Regulatory Systems
  • Critical Incident Stress Management

While also offering traditional business skills of:

  • Management
  • Groups and Teams Dynamics
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Quality Management & Control

Who is this Programme for?

This programme is relevant to anyone currently working in the Emergency Services sector wishing to acquire the relevant management and business skills to advance their careers. Previous graduates include fire officers, ambulance dispatch operatives, retained fire fighters, training and logistics officers, assistant chief fire officers, safety officers.

This programme has a strong student representation nationally with attending cohorts from Galway, Clare and throughout the Southern and Eastern Regions for example Antrim, Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.

What modules will I study?

Stage 1 - Level 6 Certificate
  • Management
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Groups and Teams Dynamics
  • Communications, Leadership and Motivation
  • Introduction to Business Finance
  • Fire Safety Law
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Health and Safety & Safety Management Systems
  • Change Management
Stage 2 - Level 6 Higher Certificate
  • Business Law
  • Fire Safety Science
  • Logistics Management
  • Incident Command & Risk Management in the Operational Environment
  • Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • Fire Safety Engineering & Design
  • Quality Management & Control
Stage 3 - Level 7 BBS Degree
  • Business Continuity and Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Fire Safety Regulatory System
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Building Control & Regulatory Systems
Stage 4 - Level 8 BBS (Hons) Degree
  • Business Research Methods
  • Strategic Information Systems
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Strategic Analysis and Strategic Positioning
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Corporate Governance & Business Practice
  • Dissertation

Course Delivery

Classes are delivered using a hybrid approach involving a combination of pre-course reading, pre-recorded classes, live and onsite classes.

Online Support

Students will have full access to a range of supports available online and through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. These include our new online programme, PACE, which is designed to support students to access and effectively use library resources in order to complete assignments. Additional supports include an Academic Writing Centre and Maths Support Centre, freely available to all students.

Entry Requirements

Under 23

Applicants will be admitted to this course on the basis of their results in the Leaving Certificate. Minimum entry requirements are Grade C3 or higher in two Higher level subjects and Grade A to D in four Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate subjects to include English and Mathematics.

Over 23

This programme will benefit those working in the Emergency Services sector, however applications are also welcomed from those who do not have this experience but who would like to work in the sector.

There is no defined entry criteria for over 23s however, applicants may be asked to provide additional information and/or may be called for interview as part of the application process.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

All programmes are mapped to the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policyand applicants who wish to apply using this route can request the specific RPL for this programme.

SETU Carlows RPL Policy offers clear pathways to the learner for recognition of previous learning undertaken and offer every credit to the learner in completing such learning.

The Programme Board will be responsible for the assessment of entry standards and applications as part of any RPL Process.