(Short Course) Introduction to Composites

Course details

  • Duration 7 weeks
  • Location Online

Why choose this course?

This online short course introduces composite materials, their applications in engineering and the benefits and challenges and will provide an overview of the technology and enable participants to develop their knowledge in this area.

  • The use of composite materials is at the forefront of exciting developments within aerospace, space, automotive, sports equipment, and many other industries.
  • Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University have significant expertise in Composite materials, with an advanced composites laboratory based in Broughton, where leading research into this exciting technology is undertaken. 

Key course features

This short course aims to:

  • To deliver an overview of the history of composite materials in aerospace and automotive industry.
  • To introduce the different types of composite materials available.
  • To be able to identify what different types of matrix and fibre materials are used in modern engineering.
  • To understand the benefit of using composite materials over traditional metallic materials.

What you will study

This module will be taught solely online through short video lectures covering the topics below. 

The first group of videos will be released on (TBC) and an associated Multiple Choice quiz through moodle to assess the learning outcomes of the content. A second group of videos will be released on (TBC) and a second multiple choice quiz will be used to assess the understanding of the content. 

The video lectures will be: 

1st Group

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Overview of different composites types (polymer, ceramic and metallic matrix)
  3. Fibre materials and their architectures
  4. Thermoplastic polymers
  5. Thermo setting polymers 

2nd Group

  1. Manufacturing polymer composites
  2. Issues in manufacture
  3. Handling, fabrication, and damage in composites
  4. Composites in the aerospace industry 

Entry requirements & applying

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest.

Teaching & Assessment

Two multiple choice online quizzes.

Fees & funding


WGU staff/students/charitable organisations staff & volunteers = FREE 

Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.

Course dates

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest.