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Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering)


Study Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering) at University Centre Leeds

Turn your career up to full throttle and join a rapidly growing industry. Combining business acumen and engineering fundamentals, our challenging HND will qualify you as a technical engineer. Our emphasis on practical experience and work placements guides you into employment, supporting your career beyond your diploma.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): H710
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Pearson
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Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering)

Our Manufacturing Engineering HND covers both traditional and contemporary areas of knowledge. Alongside business knowledge that will allow you to manage effectively, you’ll also acquire a well-rounded understanding of multiple aspects of engineering. Additionally, you’ll understand manufacturing processes and technology.

Our industry focused HND allows you to meet employer needs, regardless of your career aims. Our selection of modules goes beyond the basics; you’ll broaden your practical understanding of manufacturing and engineering, conduct your own research study and explore emerging practices such as lean manufacturing. In addition to the knowledge gained, put your theory into practice through our research and engineering projects. If you are not already in employment, we’ll also support you with your work placement, with the end goal of you moving into relevant employment after studying.


This course is validated by Pearson.

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How To Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email admissions@ucleeds.ac.uk

Course Information

Modules may include

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Engineering Design (15 credits)
  • Engineering Maths (15 credits)
  • Engineering Science (15 credits)
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project (15 credits)
  • Machining and Processing of Engineering Materials (15 credits)
  • Engineering Management (15 credits)
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture (15 credits)
  • Quality and Process Improvement (15 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Professional Engineering Management (Pearson-set) (15 credits)
  • Further Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (15 credits)
  • Lean Manufacturing (15 credits)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (15 credits)
  • Further Control Systems Engineering (15 credits)

  • You will be equipped with the essential qualities of an engineer, including integrity and regard for cost and sustainability, as they apply to a range of roles and responsibilities within the sector, such as engineering technician, manufacturing engineer or production engineer.
  • This programme will enable progression to top-up degree (typically 1 year full time), by supporting the development of academic study skills and the selection of appropriate units for study during the second year.
  • What makes this full time HND special is the teaching of practical engineering skills in mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering.
  • A further strength of this programme is the work placement sandwiched between year one and two. This will develop job seeking skills such as locating vacancies, CV writing and interview techniques. In addition, it aims to enhance your employability skills.
  • Once you have achieved this qualification you meet the academic requirements for the Engineering Council’s Engineering Technician Standard (EngTech), however it does not afford you the accreditation.
  • Studying at Leeds City College will offer individual support due to small class sizes.
  • This programme offers the opportunity to explore the application of theoretical knowledge through project work and research.

The assessments are scheduled so that deadline clashes are minimised and the main assessment mechanisms are:

  • Assignments (tasks include maths problems, presentations, essays or reports)
  • Project work
  • A minimal quantity of exams


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications)

A Levels: 2 x D grades one of which to be in a relevant subject

BTEC L3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects.

GCSE English: English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths grade 4 or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course 

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

References: An appropriate reference required either UCAS or internal Luminate Education Group reference.

What’s next?
Progression includes a top-up degree, or full-time employment.

Job opportunities may include

  • Product development engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Production manager
  • Production supervisor

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

The usual cost of studying (e.g. stationery, printing). Some textbooks may be recommended, but they are not necessary to buy to pass the programme.



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