Skip to Site Navigation Skip to Main Content Skip to Footer

Introduction to Plastics Technology (short course)

Why study this course?

This introductory hands-on one-day course is designed to develop your initial understanding of how the behaviour of plastics has been applied in the modern environment and also to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to plastics technology. The course is supported by the British Plastics Federation (BPF).


Open all

Plastic behaves differently to traditional materials such as metal or wood. This one-day introductory course is supported by the BPF and is designed to provide you with hands-on experience that will develop your initial understanding of how plastics have been used in contemporary environments as well as giving you a comprehensive introduction to plastics technology.

This course does not require any prior knowledge and is suitable for those new to the subject who would benefit from an introduction to polymer materials and their shaping techniques. There will also be presentations on designers and architects.

This course is designed to provide you with:

  • an introduction to plastic materials
  • an insight into their structure and properties
  • an introduction to the shaping techniques of plastics
  • the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in testing plastics

On successful completion of this course, you will:

  • be able to recognise the main types of plastic materials
  • appreciate the influence of structure on properties
  • be able to match plastic manufacturing techniques to product types
  • have gained practical experience of working with plastics

This one-day hands-on experience course is intended for non-technical staff employed in industrial support areas such as sales and marketing, buying, costing, and warehouse and distribution departments. This course does not require any prior knowledge and is suitable for those new to the subject who would benefit from an introduction to polymer materials and their shaping techniques (including designers and architects).

The course is based around a series of lectures and practical sessions with opportunities for discussion, covering the following:

  • an introduction to polymer science, materials and properties
  • an introduction to polymer processing
  • practical sessions that focus on material identification, processability and flow properties and mechanical properties
Course date Not currently available
Length One day
Day and time Wednesday, 10am to 5pm 
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 6

A 20 per cent discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20 per cent discount, please contact us before booking.

The course fee includes the cost of materials.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

Short Course
Please select your entry point to display the fee