Diploma in Packaging Technology

Course aim

The Diploma in Packaging Technology is a two year part-time programme validated by The Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company (PiABC).  The course has been designed to enable participants solve problems and make decisions associated with the technical and aesthetic performance, costs, safety and legality of packaging materials and packed products.

To bring the theory to life, a large part of this course is delivered via factory visits and practical work in our packaging facilities.



Course content

Unit 1: Level 5

  • The role of packaging in modern society
  • Structure and interactions of the elements of the packaging supply chain
  • Functions of packaging
  • Principles of the key legislation, regulations and standards relating to the packaging supply chain
  • Factors affecting the impact of packaging on the environment
  • The relationship between packaging and marketing

Unit 2: Level 5

  • Suitability of materials for packaging applications

Manufacture and properties of;

  • Polymers
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Paper and carton board
  • Corrugated board
  • Plastics
  • Adhesives
  • Closures
  • Labels

Unit 3: Level 5

  • The packaging design and development process
  • Printing and decoration processes used in packaging
  • Packaging machinery and packaging line operations
  • Quality systems

Unit 4: Level 5

Completion of a packaging related research project

Entry Requirements

As a guide for entry onto programmes, candidates will normally be expected to have a minimum attainment of:

1 A Level and 5 GCSEs at grade A – C, including one science subject, plus the key skills of numeracy, communication and information technology;


Alternatively, candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate through experience in the packaging industry, how they are likely to succeed in this programme of study.