Diploma in Packaging Technology

Course aim The Diploma in Packaging Technology, validated by The Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company, 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 emphasise the importance of business application 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 cartonboard
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;

 

OR

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