HNC/HND Manufacturing Engineering (Polymers)

The Edexcel Level 4/5 HNC/D in Manufacturing Engineering (Polymers) provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the polymer manufacturing sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units.

Edexcel Level 4/5 HNC/D provide a nationally recognised qualification (HNC 120 credits / HND 240 credits) offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress on to an honours degree programme.

This qualification is delivered at Peterborough Regional College and is studied part-time only.

The courses at Peterborough Regional College are studied in smaller class sizes with a typical class size under 30 students.

  • Students on this course are in full-time employment in polymer related roles and core modules are relevant to the workplace.
  • The facilities available include state of the art injection moulding
    equipment so you gain hands-on experience in an academic environment.
  • There are excellent job opportunities in Peterborough and the
    surrounding area as the course has strong links with local employers.
  • After successful completion of the HNC or HND Manufacturing Engineering (Polymers), you have the opportunity to complete the BSc (Hons) Integrated Engineering Top-up to obtain a full honours degree.

48 UCAS points with the following qualifications in a related subject:

  • 2 A-levels in Mathematics and preferably Physics
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in an Engineering discipline
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3 in an Engineering discipline
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications such as Bridge to HE in Engineering or relevant work experience. An interview might be required in these circumstances.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 5.5 or an equivalent English Language qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

Click here for the policy on APL and APEL.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take units worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each unit is worth a specified number of credits.

Level 4 (HNC)
  • Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Engineering Science (15 credits)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture (15 credits)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (15 credits)
  • Polymer Materials (15 credits)
  • Polymer Processing (15 credits)
Level 5 (HND)
  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Professional Engineering Management (15 credits)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (15 credits)
  • Lean Manufacturing (15 credits)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (15 credits)
  • Further Maths (15 credits)
  • Further PLCs (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

All units are usually 15 credit in value.  A typical unit is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one full day a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details).

Each semester is up to 15 teaching weeks. When studying part-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 7.5 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that part-time students allow up to an additional 20 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for teaching weeks. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Work based assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Laboratory assessment
  • Written assessment

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current assessment brief with all the information you need for each unit, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

After successful completion of the HNC or HND Manufacturing Engineering (Polymers), you have the opportunity to complete the BSc (Hons) Integrated Engineering Top-up to obtain a full honours degree.

Peterborough and the surrounding area provides excellent employment opportunities within the engineering industry. After successfully completing this course you can go on to a variety of engineering job roles which may include: Junior Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Production Engineer, Quality Engineer or Manufacturing Engineer.

When you have chosen a course to study, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply for this course and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Monday 15th January 2018.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Sunday 25th February to Wednesday 4th July 2018. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Thursday 5th July 2018 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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HNC/HND Manufacturing Engineering (Polymers)

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