Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

However, candidates are advised that success in this qualification requires extensive knowledge and understanding and they should therefore ensure that they are fully prepared prior to sitting examinations. This qualification provides progression from the Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management (VRQ) and from the Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety (VRQ). Candidates who have previously achieved an IFE qualification at Level 3 will be able to build upon relevant knowledge and understanding. Candidates who have not achieved an IFE qualification at Level 3 are advised to refer to the Level 3 specifications in order to ensure that they have acquired relevant foundation knowledge and understanding.

Candidates should be aware that most examination questions will take the form of essay questions. Candidates will therefore need to be able to communicate effectively in writing. In addition, candidates are advised that mathematical skills will be required in order to complete the Fire Engineering Science examination and relevant calculations in other units.


Candidates who achieve the IFE Level 4 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety (HL) will be able to build on their learning to progress to qualifications at higher levels such as degree qualifications.

Further Information

Past Papers for Level 4 Diploma can be downloaded from this website.

Candidates preparing for the Level 4 Diploma examinations are also referred to the guidance document