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School of Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering (Accelerated)

Why choose this course?

This exciting new course has been developed with local manufacturing companies specifically to meet their needs. 
The aim of this modern manufacturing course is to develop students with a sound knowledge of manufacturing and the underlying engineering principles that shape current approaches.
Graduates from the course will be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills applicable to all aspects of design and manufacture including systems analysis, product development and manufacture, costing, life cycle management and sustainability/environmental concerns.
The course is specifically designed for those already working in the manufacturing sector working with sponsors who are able to support the many work based learning elements integral to programme.
You will experience analytical and researched methods of working in a manufacturing environment.  They will learn how to assess and make efficiency improvements and how to work in a sustainable environment within current legislation.  Their dissertation will enable a level of specialisation to suit their industrial sponsors or could lead to further studies at postgraduate level.



September start is for those with relevant Level 3 qualifications entering on Level 4January start is for those with an approved and relevant L5 qualification entering on L6May start is for those with an approved and relevant L4 qualification entering on to L5

What happens on the course?

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • CAD and Product Development
  • Managerial Systems and Operations
  • Engineering Management and Quality
  • Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course is developed in response to direct industrial needs of a variety of industry collaborators from the aerospace and automotive industries. Focused on delivering to employees in these companies, it is envisaged that graduates will continue to work in the collaborating companies but the knowledge, skills and qualifications gained will prepare them for positions of significant responsibility that will require advanced levels of technical and/or management skills.
Graduates from this course will be well equipped to undertake a wide range of roles in the wider modern industry and will be fully conversant with the needs and methodologies adopted by leading manufacturing companies.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is developed in direct response to the needs of the local and national industry. It provides the opportunity to complete a specialist degree within a 2 year period (the maximum period for completion is 4 years) whilst continuing employment and allowing you to put theory into practice. Throughout the course you will study in the University environment but you will also work closely with an industrial supervisor to contextualise your learning in an industrial setting. Whilst at the University you will have access to state of the art laboratories containing the latest manufacturing technologies.

·       You will be able to understand of key scientific and mathematic principles and apply these to the manufacturing discipline including the analysis and provision of solutions to engineering problems


·       You will be able to analyse the performance of a range of manufacturing systems through application of modelling techniques, computer software and quantitative methods


·        At the end of the course, you will demonstrate creativity in the design of engineering products, systems, and processes and apply an innovative approach to their physical realisation


·       This course enables you to develop ethical solutions to manufacturing problems, addressing the prominent engineering, social, environmental, and commercial issues with reference to global strategic management and legal considerations


·        This course combines theoretical and practical skills to produce manufacturing solutions that comply with prevailing quality standards and codes of practice


·        You will develop a range of key skills required in practice including the ability to research unfamiliar subjects, effective communication, team working, improving self-learning and performance, and problem solving


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Full-time £11100 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £ per year 2021-22

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

GCSEs at grade C+ /4 in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).

Employment in a relevant sponsoring company committed to the ethos of the course and able to support the many work based learning elements.



  • A Level minimum BB or CDD
  • Successful Merit Pass on a HNC in a relevant subject discipline
  • Successful completion of ‘Bridging Course’ completed at the Black Country UTC
  • A mature person (over 24 years of age) who has significant experience of working in a relevant industry but without gaining any formal qualifications (or recent qualifications, or qualifications at A level standard or equivalent) may also apply for entry to the course. They will be interviewed and, if appropriate, asked to complete a piece of work, to assess their suitability to be admitted and undertake the necessary work. We welcome enquiries and/or applications from such candidates who will be required to attend an interview. And/ or may be required to succeed with the bridging course.
  • International students must also have an IELTS with an overall band score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element or equivalent in English.
  •  Please note that students on this course cannot access SLC Loans or University bursaries and scholarships


September start is for those with relevant Level 3 qualifications entering on Level 4

January start is for those with an approved and relevant L5 qualification entering on L6

May start is for those with an approved and relevant L4 qualification entering on to L5  


Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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