Humberside Fire and Rescue Service : Features, Key Skills and the Wider Curriculum


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BTEC Short Course Awards, Certificates and Diplomas are designed to provide focused and specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. The qualifications can provide a specialist emphasis for learners following a general vocational programme of study.

BTEC Short Courses offer focused qualifications for learners, particularly more mature learners, who wish to follow a short programme of study directly related to their work experience or to an aspect of employment that they wish to move into.

On successful completion of these qualifications, learners may progress into or within employment and/or continue their study in the vocational area.

National Occupational Standards

Where appropriate, BTEC Short Courses are designed to relate to the National Occupational Standards in the relevant sector which, in turn, form the basis of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). They do not purport to deliver occupational performance in the sector, which should be demonstrated in a work context. However, the qualifications can provide areas of underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards, as well as developing practical skills in preparation for work and possible achievement of NVQs in due course.

This qualification relates to the National Occupational Standards for Fire Safety.

Level 2 BTEC Award, Certificate and Diploma in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community

These qualifications have been designed to provide:

  • opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally-recognised Level 2 vocationally-specific qualification which provides an insight into the work of the Fire and Rescue Services or to progress to further vocational qualifications such as the BTEC First Certificate in Public Services
  • the skills knowledge and understanding learners would need if they wanted to work in the Fire and Rescue Service
  • opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the major key skills and the wider key skills, such as improving own learning and performance, problem solving and working with others, in a Fire and Rescue Service context
  • opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Key Skills

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All BTEC Short Courses include signposting of key skills. These are transferable skills which play an essential role in developing personal effectiveness for adult and working life and in the application of specific vocational skills.

In each unit, the opportunities for the generation of evidence for key skills are signposted. These are indicative links only. Staff will need to become familiar with key skills specifications and their evidence requirements and they are advised not to rely on the signposting in the units when presenting key skills evidence for moderation. Centres should refer to the QCA website ( for the latest key skills standards.

Key skills provide a foundation for continual learning. They enable and empower individuals who inevitably face a series of choices in work, education and training throughout their lives. Current and future initiatives such as learndirect, lifelong learning, and widening participation all require a more flexible population in the workplace and key skills play a role in setting the framework.

Learners need the chance to show current and future employers that they can:

  • communicate effectively, in a variety of situations, using a wide range of techniques
  • work well with others — individuals or teams — so that work can be properly planned and targets met
  • manage their own development, so that they are always ready to take on the challenges of change and diversification
  • use numeracy, not just within routine tasks and functions but to help them be more effective and efficient in all they do
  • use ICT in a range of applications to support all aspects of their role
  • solve problems in a variety of circumstances.

The Wider Curriculum

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The study of the Level 2 BTEC Award, Certificate and Diploma in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community provides opportunities for the learner to develop an understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues and an awareness of environmental issues, health and safety considerations, and European developments.

These wider curriculum opportunities are indicated in the units as appropriate.

Moral, ethical, spiritual, social and cultural issues

The specification gives learners opportunities to develop an understanding of:

  • moral and ethical issues through an understanding of the impact that hoax calls, arson and other forms of anti social behaviour can have on the work of the Fire and Rescue Services.
  • spiritual, social and cultural issues through learning to respect others as they work in teams to achieve tasks and goals.

Environmental, health and safety issues and European developments

The specification gives learners opportunities to develop an understanding of:

  • environmental issues through discussions on the impact of fire on the environment.
  • health and safety issues through finding out about the work of the Fire and Rescue Service and local and national initiatives to improve fire safety in the home.
  • European developments through discussions on the relationship between the Fire and Rescue Services in the UK and in Europe eg working together on natural disasters.

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