This course has been designed for engineers who are currently working in SMEs in engineering sectors, eg aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, manufacturing and graduates aiming to increase their employability. Lean Six Sigma has been hailed as a key business improvement approach that is capable of achieving significant improvements in business process performance. Green Belts can come from any level within an organisation and provide subject matter expertise for a project. They may be considered as leaders on certain projects that do not require the Black Belt level of analytical rigour. Green Belts are groomed in the methodologies which help them to cascade Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques throughout an organisation. This competence prepares individuals to use simple Six Sigma tools and techniques to define, measure, analyse, improve/develop and control/verify and transfer processes. Delivered by experts in the field, these skills are necessary to the UK and North West economy to align with international demand.
Entry and Admissions
Part-time: Usually it can take from three months to one year to complete the course.
School of Engineering
No Partner College
January, April, July, September (Semester 1, 2, 3)
Specific entry requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Lean Six Sigma (Green belt) for Engineers are:
- Entry qualifications should normally be with HNC/HND or above in engineering subject.
- Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Advanced Certificate level studies are welcome.
- MP2905 or equivalent is recommended as a pre-requisite to the course. Students entering without MP2905 will take a written test and students should obtain above 70 per cent to enter the course.
- Students speaking English as a second language are required to achieve IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
Advanced Certificate Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt consists of two compulsory modules with one being core to the course.
Module 1 (20 credits)
Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) for Engineers
This module has been designed to enable students to understand their role in leading and supporting process improvement, variability reduction and standardisation projects within engineering environments. Students will be introduced to Lean Six Sigma methodologies, including DMAICT (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control, Transfer) and DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyse, Design, Verify) / DFSS (Design For Six Sigma). This module plays a major role in the implementation of Lean Six Sigma and will challenge current practices and offer constructive alternatives to make a positive difference within engineering business environments.
Module 2 (30 credits)
This module has been designed to enable students to apply the knowledge gained in Lean Six Sigma methodologies through an individual project. This plays a major role in the development of the skills necessary to work effectively on a Lean Six Sigma project and involves self-initiated and self-directed study, the preparation of written reports and oral discussions and presentations.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
The course adopts a range of approaches to the delivery of curriculum including: case studies, lectures, practical sessions, independent learning guided by a tutor, tutorial sessions etc.
Assessment of learning is conducted by a range of methods including: tutorial questions, examination, use of online assessment via e-learn written examination, extended assignments, presentations, poster defence, written reports etc.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
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Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply