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BSc (Hons) Packaging Professional

BSc (Hons) Packaging Professional

Degree apprenticeship

This course will provide you with an understanding of all aspects of the packaging industry from raw material conversion, understanding barrier properties and the importance of marketing and presentation.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Packaging Professional standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is January 2023

The course normally takes 4 years part-time (typically 44 months), that includes endpoint assessment.

1. Course summary

  • Gain understanding of the supply chain and how your work relates to the whole packaging industry.
  • Develop arguments with new theories and ideas — ready to tackle the issues facing the packaging industry.

The UK Packaging Manufacturing Industry has annual sales of £11 billion and employs some 85,000 people – representing 3% of the UK’s manufacturing workforce. The course will provide a thoughtful understanding of where the packaging industry and its major segments stand today. The course will highlight emerging trends that will reshape this industry and provide an informed workforce that can prepare and respond to changes in sustainability and substitution to alternative materials.

2. How you learn

This interdisciplinary course integrates design, engineering, management and business principles. The course encompasses industrial engineering, marketing, materials, science, problem solving, protection, presentation, manufacture/ production, transport and distribution logistics.

You learn through

  • 3 day block study periods
  • work-based projects
  • presentations
  • online study
  • case studies
  • mentoring sessions
  • personal development and action planning

3. Where you'll study

You'll study at our City Campus, with access to cutting edge facilities. You'll benefit from the world-class expertise of our teaching staff, who bring a multi-disciplinary approach to business education.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevantjob role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements are GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above – plus one of the following:

  • 96 UCAS points from 3 A levels (we accept General Studies)
  • Or 112 UCAS points with at least 64 from 2 A levels or equivalent BTEC (we accept General Studies)

Other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience are considered individually.

5. Modules

Year 1 • introduction to the packaging industry • personal professional development 1 • role of packaging • the principles of packaging technology
Year 2 • unpacking the sustainable supply chain • personal professional development 2
• new product development • packaging technology applied
Year 3 • packaging the future • personal professional development 3
• packaging professional end point assessment plan

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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