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Engineering (Manufacturing Management) HNC/FdEng

  • Delivery:

This is part-time course at Bournemouth & Poole College and it is a nationally recognised qualification for higher technician engineers in industry, and has been designed to be relevant to the needs of employment in the fields of Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Students are typically employed in or aspire to employment in areas such as planning, estimating, quality or workshop supervision. This qualification builds on the principles covered in the BTEC National Diploma course but is equally suitable for A Level students or mature students with relevant industrial experience wishing to develop their career in Manufacturing.

As a student on this part-time course you will have the benefits of using Bournemouth & Poole College’s excellent facilities including modern rapid prototyping facilities. There are also a number of state-of-the-art CAD/CAM suites available and a refurbished Materials Laboratory. Please contact the College for details about their open days.

During the first year, you will use CAD software to produce both two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models, undertake design simulations and run stress analysis. You will also be introduced to the capabilities of rapid manufacture to produce physical models of your designs and use a CAM package to develop and simulate a milled product. In your first year, you will study manufacturing process technology and the management of the production resources incorporating the latest techniques of the organisation of the work area. You will also study the types of system available and their capabilities in terms of the rapid introduction of products to a competitive marketplace.

During your second year, automated manufacture is developed further with the study of robotics and techniques for the management of quality are also studied. A company-relevant major project is undertaken which is directly linked to your CPD as required by the IED. Students are also registered with the IED as student members and completion of the course enables partial Incorporated Engineers registration. For suitable candidates there is opportunity to undertake NVQ Level 4 in Engineering Leadership in conjunction with this course as part of a Higher Apprenticeship programme with their employer.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth and Poole College


3 years part-time


Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Entry requirements:

HNC: One A Level at grade C in a relevant subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)

FdEng: One A Level at grade C in a relevant subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)

Course details

HNC / Level 4

  • Analytical methods for manufacturing: You will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematica lfundamentals, models and processes and their application to a range of engineering principles and processes. provide a sound mathematical foundation for the relevant topics in the following years and for further progression.
  • Business & project management: In this unit you will develop a working knowledge and understanding of the application of project management principles relevant to the control of projects and a working understanding of the processes. You will explore the principles of business structures, business management and business finance. You will be able to analyse business plans from both the financial and operational perspectives.
  • Computer aided engineering: This unit will provide you with an appreciation of the importance of computer aided systems, applications and techniques to modern industry, and to install a level of competence in the use of such.
  • Manufacturing processes: This unit will provide you with an awareness of the variety of manufacturing processes thus enabling you make an informed choice in the selection of the appropriate process to be used for ease of production and material selection. In this unit you will analyse and specify the manufacturing requirements for an industrial product; taking into consideration time, cost, quality, quantity, reliability and layout.
  • Project: In this unit you will undertake a sizeable project, at an appropriate level mechanical design. This will provide an outlet in the programme at which design, technology, organisation, management and communication skills, and the ability to apply engineering principles and analysis to solving real life industrial problems, are integrated and developed together.
  • Resource management: This unit will provide an understanding of the management of resources and management structure of a manufacturing enterprise that are required to produce the products to be sold to consumers or other organisations. You will then beable to analyse and specify the manufacturing requirements for an individual product.

FdEng / Level 5

  • Industrial robotics: You will develop a working knowledge and understanding of the applications of robotics within modern industry. This unit also aims to provide a practical understanding of the techniques used within robotics.
  • Major project: This unit, undertaken over at least one academic year, will allow you to specialise and undertake a sizeable project in Manufacturing Management. This individual project is student and company led and does not have a common theme.It provides you with an opportunity to focus on your chosen area of specialisation and to make a major contribution either to a company’s business or to develop a new product from scratch.
  • Quality management: This unit will provide an awareness and understanding of quality management processes through developing concepts of quality control, reliability and quality awareness and to consider the legal issues related to quality.
  • The engineering professional: The aim of this unit is to understand the requirements for Membership of a professional institution such as IED or IET and the requirements for registration as a Technician or Incorporated Engineer and to initiate a programme for lifelong learning and continuous professional development towards these ends.
  • Work based unit: The work based unit aims to facilitate the professional development in terms of transferable skills, technical ability, motivation and maturity. It further aims to instil in the student the importance of keeping a record of CPD.

​Programme specification 

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Engineering (Manufacturing Management) HNC/FdEng

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course. In determining your potential, we look at a range of factors including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with our partner institution, Bournemouth & Poole college. 

Transferring credits from existing qualifications

If you want us to take existing qualifications or relevant work experience into account to be granted an exemption from studying individual units or levels, then you should contact Bournemouth & Poole College

Transferring students from other University courses

If you wish to transfer from another university course that you are currently studying please contact the college in the first instance to discuss your suitability for your chosen BU course.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature applicants. That’s why we can take your work experience and existing qualifications into account when assessing your application. We really value the ways in which mature students can contribute to our academic community and we offer plenty of support to help you get back into the studying routine if you have been away for a while.

Full entry requirements

HNC: One A Level at grade C in a relevant subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)

FdEng: One A Level at grade C in a relevant subject or equivalent AVCE or National Diploma / Certificate (or equivalent UK or overseas qualifications)

Other Qualifications

For full details of entry requirements for the HNC or FdEng, please contact the college.


Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

For more information please view our top-up degrees webpage.

How to apply

This part-time course is delivered at our Partner Institution, Bournemouth & Poole College so you will need to apply direct to them via their website

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