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Sustainable Manufacturing (Online) University Certificate in Professional Development

Gain an insight into current manufacturing processes and develop an understanding of relevant technological factors as well as an awareness of working principles and capabilities.


12 weeks

100% online


Course overview

The government has provided funding for this course, independent of any previous or current funding you may have for educational purposes. You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans

This course is part of a series to develop your skills in sustainable engineering, digital engineering, sustainable manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and process automation.

Learn important aspects of engineering manufacture including quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing the extensive use of computing in modern manufacturing.

You develop the knowledge and skills needed by employers and the economy.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria.

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Course details

What you study

Gain insight into current and traditional manufacturing processes including casting and rolling, and powder metallurgy.

Detailed study of selected manufacturing processes is combined with experience in lab-based practical sessions. Important aspects of engineering manufacture such as quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing and the extensive use of computers in many areas,is explored. The suitability of manufacturing processes for applications is explored using a framework which recognises the interrelationships of (manufacturing) process, (artefact) function, shape, and materials.

Lectures introduce you to the technologies and underlying principles of a broad range of manufacturing processes. You undertake a number of lab-based practical sessions to provide an appreciation of manufacturing processes.

How you learn

We work with you to establish your support needs to develop a personalised support plan. You can engage with assessments tasks and get feedback at regular points. You will need approximately 400 hours of learning over a 12 week period, which includes:

Weeks 1-10:
Each week:
One-hour recorded online lecture
Two-hours online classes (Wednesday 4.00pm - 6.00pm)
Two-hours online classes (Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm)

Weeks 11-12:
Each week:
Two-hours synchronous online classes (Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm)

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your subject knowledge, critical thinking and skills acquisition through coursework, practical work and assessments.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Level 4 qualification or knowledge and skills in a STEM subject, as well as Level 2 maths. We offer bridging courses to help develop the knowledge you may need to join this short course.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Fee for international applicants: £1,500

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: 24 January 2024

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