Fire & Safety Principles

Providing you with the understanding needed to control and act upon any fire risks.


Why take this course?

Government statistics compiled in 2013 reported over 22,000 building fires, with 350 deaths as a result. Although figures are dropping, there is still a lot to learn about the hazards and risks associated with fire in the workplace.

This short, auto-marked programme will give you the knowledge you need to understand those risks and how to control and act upon any likely hazards present in your particular place of work.

What you will experience

This course has four main sections:

Section 1: Fire hazards and risks
In this section, the learner will identify different causes of fires in the workplace, understand the hazards during and after a fire related incident and also learn about the characteristics of fire and smoke spread.

Section 2: Controlling fire risks
The learner will begin to understand how to identify and control fire hazards, define ‘means of escape’ and learn about the typical components of such a plan. This section also covers fire detection and alarms, the principles of extinguishing and utilising firefighting equipment safely.

Section 3: Fire safety management
This section covers employers’ and employees’ duties relating to fire safety, possessing the variety of skills required to carry out simple fire safety inspections and the stages of a fire risk assessment.

Section 4: The role of the fire warden
In this section, the learner will work towards an understanding of the role and function of the fire warden and the contents of a fire safety briefing.

Student in a classroom

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.