AVAILABLE BRAND: Bicton College | LEARNING AREAS: Public Services & Military Academy COURSES

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

For 2017 start

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: BSc (Hons) Public Services & Military Academy

This course is unique and very distinctive in offering high level training in Interoperability. It is be distinctive in nature from any other offering locally or nationally. Through market intelligence – 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 will be able to respond to the increasing challenges facing the modern world. The government recently announced that they would like all control rooms to be shared amongst the blue light services and come under the direction of a single Police and Crime Commissioner. Students completing this course would have credible graduate level skills and knowledge in addition to relevant work experience enabling them to both enter into and then rapidly advance through into leadership positions within their chosen professions. The college of policing have begun consultation on proposals for graduate entry level, senior chief police staff have acknowledged that constables are currently working to graduate level six in their current roles.

The programme content will look at the current challenges faced by the emergency services and sector in moving towards a 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 course content where relevant models and theories will be examined and appraised.

Indicative Modules:

  • Honours Project
  • Counter Terrorism in the 21st Century
  • Interoperability – The Way Forward
  • Risk, Threats and Health & Safety
  • People and Workforce Management

On completion of the course there are a number of progression opportunities available within Plymouth University for industry specific courses and/or MA/MSc studies. There are a number of providers of similar courses of further study throughout the UK.

Careers in this field include any public sector area ranging from Ambulance, Police and Fire Service, County Councils, Health/nursing, civil contingency/emergency planning offices, Local Resilience Forums, Armed Forces, private consultancy work, voluntary Search and Rescue sector, RNLI, Coastguard , Mountain Rescue, work within the utility companies in terms of risk management and collaboration.

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

Automatic entry for graduate students from any Cornwall College Public Services Foundation Degree.

240 Credits from a Foundation Degree, DipHE or HND

All applications will be treated on their own merits.


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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BSc (Hons) Emergency Services Interoperability

Start Date

September 2017




1 year

Extra Information

*subject to approval

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