Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering

What is the course about?

Mechanical skills

Servicing, fixing, repairing and overhauling engines, electric systems, hydraulic systems, tractors and farm machinery

Workshop skills

Safe use of a wide range of workshop equipment

Classroom activities

Learning the theory of engines, electric systems, hydraulic systems, tractors and farm machinery

Assignments and exams

Written assignments throughout the year, plus online exams

Why do the course?

  • To learn how to mechanic (basic service engineering skills)
  • To learn the theory and skills a mechanic (service engineer) needs
  • To learn workshop skills

Qualification:

Upon completing second year, you can achieve a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering which is broadly equivalent to three A-Levels.

If you then secure a suitable long-term work placement, you can complete your Land-based Technician Accreditation (i.e. serve your time). This is necessary for anyone wishing to become a trade-qualified agricultural service engineer.

Prior knowledge/experience:

You should have some prior knowledge and experience of a workshop (hand tools and power tools). You should have some prior knowledge and experience of tractors and farm machinery.

While there is no tractor driving on this course, prior experience of having operated tractors and machinery is needed (so that students understand the basic principles of machinery).

Entry Requirements

Normally four Grade Cs at GCSE (or above) including Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualifications).

Applicants must demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours of experience in the service engineering industry, gained in a workshop environment. This work experience can be acquired prior to leaving school.

OR

Applicants who have completed a Level 2 Diploma in a relevant course achieved with Merit plus Grade Cs at GCSE (or above) in Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualifications).

OR

Applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience. These applicants may be required to submit work-based evidence and undertake further assessments.