Undergraduate study

Course overview

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with Darlington College (01325 503050 or enquire@darlington.ac.uk).

The course is for higher technicians in manufacturing engineering design, manufacture, maintenance and testing.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Planning and Scheduling Principles

You learn about the principles, methodologies and techniques used in process planning, scheduling and inventory management. You develop an understanding of how manufactured products and associated processes are planned, monitored and controlled and extend their knowledge of and ability to apply both manual and computer-assisted methods and procedures. Visits to industrial installations are made to supplement learning activities where possible.

Project Engineering

This module develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills you learn at work and on the programme to complete a realistic work project.

We integrate the skills and knowledge you develop in other modules on the course within a piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a working engineer.


plus twelve specialist modules

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

This module introduces yous to advanced manufacturing technologies and the safety and technical requirements of producing manufactured goods economically. You consider one-offs, small, medium, and large batches and flow line production, as well as non-traditional and emerging technologies. And you investigate the function, purpose and economic evaluation of different manufacturing technologies and strategies. You also consider the automation of manufacturing and the economic benefits against cost.

Advanced Mathematics for Engineering

This module introduces the concepts you need to successfully analyse engineering problems and apply the relevant numerical methods to solve advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology. You are introduced to further techniques which are relevant to solving engineering problems. Topics include laplace transforms, matrices and solving partial differential equations using numerical methods.

Application of Machine Tools

This module introduces you to the types of manually operated machine tools commonly used in industry and typical applications of such equipment. It also introduces the theory of cutting tools and the practice of tool and work-setting for production on manual machine tools, and checking critical features and dimensions against specifications. Safe use of equipment ia a constant theme throughout the module.

Application of Pneumatics and Hydraulics

You gain knowledge and understanding of fluid power systems in modern industry by investigating pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examining the characteristics of components and equipment, and evaluating the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.

Business Improvement Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of business improvement methodologies and techniques that can be applied in a variety of manufacturing situations. It provides you with an understanding of the principles of lead time analysis by using a range of processes. This includes using techniques to reduce set-up times for a particular application and presenting this improvement as a standard operating procedure. You also learn about the techniques employed in total productive maintenance (TPM) and using optimised production technology (OPT), and discuss the benefits.

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

CAD/CAM and Product Development

This module allows you to gain knowledge of time compression technologies to design and deliver innovative products that reduce time to market. It includes a study of rapid prototyping and product development techniques, alongside a review of collaborative product development and concurrent design engineering strategies, using 3D modeling to reduce manufacturing lead-time to the minimum.

You examine various software packages, and the application of CAD/CAM to a number of engineering subjects, and you are encouraged to take a critical view of such packages, evaluating their integration with other systems.

Computer-aided Machining

This module provides a practical introduction to computer-aided machining (CAM) systems focussing on the hardware and software of CAM systems. You develop manual and computer-assisted part programming, to derive and prove part programs for engineered components. The final part of the module is concerned with quality control in CAM systems, particularly the various levels of inspection and the capture, transmission and analysis of quality control data.

Design for Manufacture

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Engineering Thermodynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles and laws of thermodynamics and their application to engineering thermodynamic systems. It covers system definition, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, heat engine cycles, the measurement of engine performance and the layout and performance of steam plant.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Manufacturing Processes

This module provides you with an insight into current manufacturing processes, promoting a deep understanding of technological factors and an awareness of working principles and capabilities. Traditional methods, such as casting and rolling are examined, together with state-of-the-art practices, such as powder metallurgy. You combine a detailed study of selected manufacturing processes with hands-on experience in laboratory-based practical sessions.

You review important aspects of current thinking, such as quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing and the extensive use of computers in many areas, to ensure an informed picture of modern manufacturing. You also explore the suitability of manufacturing processes for applications, using a framework that recognises the interrelationships of (manufacturing) process, (artefact) function, shape, and materials.

Materials Engineering

The aim of this module is to provide you with basic background knowledge and understanding of the properties, selection, processing and use of materials.

Measurement and Testing

This module develops your understanding of the concepts of measurement and test. In particular you develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to perform complex measurement and test procedures.

Programmable Logic Controllers

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of PLC systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques. You produce and demonstrate a programme for a programmable logic device.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

Robot Technology

This module develops your understanding of robots and the skills needed to program them for a range of industrial applications including industrial robots and how they are linked together as a system – manipulator, control and intelligence and sources of system errors. You develop and apply the skills used to program robots for industrial tasks (for example, welding, assembly, machining), and investigate the various programming methods and facilities that are available. Finally, you consider the design of an efficient, safe robot cell, and the factors that must be taken into account when selecting, installing and operating industrial robots. This should also include the economic and ethical issues that surround the introduction of robot technology.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You study 16 units covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

The course combines practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You are required to complement your college-based learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need an appropriate technician or craft qualification at Level 3 or similar, and a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills. The most common eligible qualifications include A levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/National Diplomas and Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We may also consider substantial work experience in a relevant area.

If you have non-traditional qualifications, or wish to discuss your eligibility, please call our admissions enquiry telephone number or email.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to work in a range of engineering industries.
Alternatively, you may seek further study to degree level and beyond.



  • Not available full-time


From Sept 2018 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: Up to 3 years
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College (01325 503050 or enquire@darlington.ac.uk)

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