Fire Safety: The Fundamentals

Exploring the danger of fire and the importance of safety awareness and prevention.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course comprises an introduction and two easy-to-follow study units. The dangers of fire, the importance of safety and all aspects of awareness and prevention are covered in detail, along with scenarios that describe the realities of what fire can do.

What you will experience

Unit 1: Introduction
Provides learners with a detailed introduction to the course.

Unit 2: Fire Awareness and Prevention
Learners will explore the three components that make up the ‘Triangle of Fire’ so that they understand what can cause materials to combust under certain conditions. The Unit also explains who is responsible for fire safety and includes several activities where learners identify potential fire hazards in their work place and have to to suggest how to minimise the risks.

Unit 3: Dealing with a Fire
This Unit provides information and descriptions of the different types of fire warning systems learners may encounter in their work place, and provides examples of potential danger/other problems that can be caused by false alarms and recommends ways of dealing with them. Learners also benefit from detailed descriptions of the different types of fire extinguishers, how to identify them and what type of fire each one should be used on. The Unit concludes by providing guidance on how to take appropriate action in the event of a fire.

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.