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The Higher National Certificate Manufacturing Engineering for England (Full-time) Subject to Validation HTQ

Higher National Certificate Manufacturing Engineering for England (HTQ)


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Higher Nationals (Higher Technical Qualifications) and a Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering for England are currently being developed to start in September 2024.  These programmes offer a high-quality route for students to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for roles in demand from the Engineering sector. Developed with employers, and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, these programmes of study will give students the skills they need to succeed in a career in engineering, whether they are new to the subject, or looking to upskill and retrain. The programmes have been designed by the industry to support a range of Manufacturing Engineering roles. 


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Higher National Certificate Manufacturing Engineering for England

  • Key Information

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    Award: Higher National Certificate

    Mode of Study: Full-time

    Duration1 Years

    Location: Bolton College

    Start Date: To Be Confirmed

  • Course Details

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


    This Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering for England, Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours across a broad range of engineering technologies essential to manufacturing engineering in this rapidly evolving and dynamic sector of the economy. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) approved the course as meeting the Engineering Manufacturing Technician occupational standard at Level 4 and this is highly regarded by industry. 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. Your studies will cover 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 build on this learning with specialist units that concentrate on developing your understanding and skills in essential areas of manufacturing engineering. 


    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 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering for England (Higher Technical Qualification) 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.
  • Entry Requirements

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    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.

  • Career Opportunities

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    If you choose to complete our Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering for England, you're likely aiming to go on to employment or progress to further study. 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 Higher National Certificate is designed to prepare you for a range of careers, including engineering technician, manufacturing technician, integration and test technician and production technician.


    If you successfully complete this HNC in Manufacturing Engineering, you'll be able to progress onto a higher-level qualification, such as the Higher National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering. You'll also be able to apply for advanced standing to bachelor's degrees in a range of engineering disciplines. 

    Alternative career options


    Certificate 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
  • Fees & Funding

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    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.


    Additional costs

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


  • How To Apply

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    Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

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

    Tel: 01204 903903

  • Teaching & Assessment

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    The varied nature of this Higher National Certificate 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 major 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.

  • Contact Us

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    Gibson Jeremie
    Programme Leader, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035


    Peter Alstead
    Head of Area, Bolton College
    Telephone: +44 (0)1204 482035