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Engineering (Manufacturing Management) HNC/FdEng

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This 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 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.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.

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.

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Key information

Next start date:

HNC: September 2020, September 2021; FdEng July 2020, July 2021


Bournemouth and Poole College


HNC One year full-time, 2 years part-time; FdEng One calendar year full-time or part-time


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) to meet the requirements for EngTech and partially meets the academic requirements for IEng subject to further appropriate learning to degree level for 2019-2023 intake years.

Entry requirements:

For July/September 2020 and July/September 2021 entry:

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: 120 Level C credits from an HNC in an appropriate discipline. Normally at least 40 credits should be at Merit level or above and 20 of these credits should be from a mathematical analytical unit.

International entry requirements:

For July/September 2020 and July/September 2021 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.0, or equivalent. For more information check our international entry requirements.

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Course details

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the FdEng programme specification (pdf 717kb)Download the HNC programme specification (pdf 717kb)

Your application

Entry requirements

Other qualifications

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

Further study

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.

View our top-up degrees webpage