This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by June 2024 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

HND Manufacturing Engineering for England

Equivalent to two years of a university degree, this HND Manufacturing Engineering for England (HTQ) course taught at Bolton College offers you the practical and personal skills needed for a role in the sector or progression to higher-level study.

Manufacturing Engineering for England

Key information



Mode of Study:



4 years


Bolton College

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

This HND Manufacturing Engineering for England course is taught by Bolton College on behalf of the University of Bolton.

This Level 5 HND in Manufacturing Engineering for England, Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), is designed to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of engineering technologies essential to businesses in this rapidly evolving and dynamic sector of the economy. The course has been designed by the industry to support a wide range of manufacturing engineering roles and aims to help you gain key transferable skills that employers highly value.

Throughout the course, our team of dedicated experts will guide you as you gain knowledge and understanding, as well as practical, professional and subject-specific skills. Initially, your studies will focus on the core knowledge required by manufacturing engineers, such as engineering design, engineering maths, production engineering for manufacture, computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) and industrial robots. You'll then build on this learning with specialist units that concentrate on developing your understanding and skills in the essential areas of manufacturing engineering, including professional engineering management, further mathematics, distributed control systems, industrial systems, manufacturing systems engineering, lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing technology and sustainability.

You'll also undertake a professional engineering project, where you'll have the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge, practical ability and design skills. Overall, we'll support you as you develop cognitive, intellectual and thinking skills and gain valuable key, personal and transferable skills ready for employment or further study.

  • The course provides opportunities for you to make progress towards achieving internationally recognised registration with a professional body regulated by the Engineering Council.
  • We'll encourage you to undertake a work placement during the summer break – this is recommended but is not a course requirement.
  • On successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering for England (HTQ) from the University of Bolton.
  • Bolton College scores highly in student satisfaction surveys for its HE provision, and we take pride in offering you the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced staff.
Key Features
  • This course offers the essential subject knowledge you'll need to progress successfully within or into the world of work or further study.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we'll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • You'll have the opportunity to develop and enhance crucial skills such as communication, teamwork, organising and planning, numeracy, problem-solving, flexibility and adaptability, action planning, self-awareness, initiative, personal impact and confidence, environmental sustainability, and social, public and ethical responsibility.
  • As a Higher Technical Qualification, the programme has been developed with employers for the industry.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

If you choose to complete our Level 5 HND in Manufacturing Engineering for England, you're likely aiming to go on to employment or progress to a final year at university. We have developed this qualification in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies and businesses to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in the future – whichever route you take.

What can I do with this qualification?

This HND is designed to prepare you for a range of careers in areas such as Senior Technician (Manufacturing Engineering), Senior Technician (Production), Manufacturing Engineering Project Manager, Junior Engineer (Manufacturing) and Junior Engineer (Production).

If you successfully complete this HND in Manufacturing Engineering for England, you'll be able to progress to a higher-level qualification. For instance, you'll be eligible to apply for advanced standing to bachelor's degrees, such as relevant BEng (Hons) programmes at the University of Bolton.

Alternative career options

Diploma holders can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or further study. Some possibilities include:

  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Government and Civil Service
  • Military

Course fees

Useful information

When completing your student finance application, please list your institution as 'University of Bolton', not 'Bolton College'.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Course application details are unavailable at present

Course application details are unavailable at present

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

The varied nature of this HND programme means that we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. To ensure you acquire and develop the appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills, we combine timetabled classes with student-centred and independent learning. You can expect to attend lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and informal group study sessions. There will also be opportunities to go on site visits to view state-of-the-art projects, and attend guest lectures by specialists from industry, professional bodies or other academic institutions.

There are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and technicians during timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials. However, we'll still expect you to devote a significant amount of time to personal study. For example, this time might be spent engaging in general background reading, revisiting practical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by professional bodies or working on assignments.

We use a range of assessment methods depending on the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You'll have opportunities to test your understanding of subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark or grade. Each module/unit will normally contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you'll receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental, and any grades/marks you receive for them do not count toward your module/unit mark or grade.

There is formal or 'summative' assessment for each module/unit. Methods include a range of assessments such as exams, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, and a final year sustainability project. The grades from the formal assessments count towards your module/unit mark or grade.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Gibson Jeremie
Programme Leader, Bolton College

+44 (0)1204 482035

Peter Alstead
Head of Area, Bolton College

+44 (0)1204 482035

Information Team
Bolton College

+44 (0)1204 482000


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