Level 3 Diploma Suite Agricultural Engineering

About the course

This unique course offers the opportunity to learn how to repair, maintain and modify land-based machinery and how to manage them. In addition, elements of a wide range of agricultural areas of manufacture and machinery management will be covered. In only two years you will have the opportunity to achieve a level of competence to meet the requirements of the industry. Additional qualifications are available to all students. These include certification in welding, tractor driving and quad bikes.

Course modules

Subsidiary Diploma

Understanding land-based vehicle chassis systems

To have an understanding of the working principles of brakes, suspension and steering systems found in land-based vehicles.

Land-based Engineering Operations - Service and Repair Engines and Components

During this module you will gain an understanding of the principles, maintenance and overhaul of modern internal combustion engines.

Service and Repair Hydraulic Systems and Components on Land-based Equipment

Learners will develop the practical skills needed to maintain, test and repair hydraulic systems used on land-based vehicles and equipment. They will then focus on the understanding the construction and operation of hydraulic systems used on land-based vehicles and equipment.

Understanding and Servicing Harvesting Machinery (Cutting and Lifting)

To have an understanding of the working principles of field equipment used in harvesting a selection of crops. This includes use of the equipment in the field.

Understanding and Working with Land-based Vehicle Engine Technology

During this module you will gain an understanding of the principles, maintenance and overhaul of modern internal combustion engines.

Understanding Health, Safety and Welfare in the Land-based Engineering Workplace

This module will develop the understanding and skills needed to apply health and safety in the industry, an essential requirement of all Land-based engineering activities.

Extended Diploma

Diploma

Service and Repair Pneumatics Systems and Components for Land-based Equipment

Learners will develop the practical skills needed to maintain, test and repair pneumatic systems used on land-based vehicles and equipment. They will then focus on the understanding the construction and operation of pneumatic systems used on land-based vehicles and equipment.

Undertaking 4WD Vehicle Maintenance, Operation and Recovery

You will gain an understanding of the operational techniques used in off-road vehicles for traction and stability. This will include vehicle recovery in soft ground.

Working with Land-based Diesel Fuel Injection Systems

This module focuses on the removal, strip down, assembly and testing of conventional fuel injection systems. This includes an introduction to common rail injection system.

Inspect and Test Land-based Machinery and Equipment

To have an understanding of how vehicle faults are found and rectified, based on knowledge gained in other related modules.

Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector

You will be asked to invent or modify an existing idea for use in the Land-based industry, to present a portfolio and model to a panel of people currently working in the industry.

Operate and Service Land-based Vehicle Transmission Systems

This module focuses on transmission, steering, suspension and braking systems.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma - (60 credits in 1 year)

4 GCSEs including English Language at Grade C or above, or a Level 2 qualification (eg First Diploma at Pass level including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications

Level 3 BTEC Diploma - (120 credits in 2 years)

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including at least 1 in English Language and Maths or Science or a Level 2 qualification (eg First Diploma at Merit level including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - (180 credits in 2 years)

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language plus one course specific GCSE such as Science, Biology or PE or an Intermediate Level course (eg First Diploma at Distinction including at least 1 key skill at level 2 in either Application of Number or Communication), or equivalent qualifications.

In addition Learning Areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments that assist selection.

Applicants for all courses in Mechanisation Studies are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and a strong personal statement.

Learning and assessment

Students will also receive training and assessment in a large range of additional qualifications, which will enhance their employability such as welding, tractor driving, manual handling and quad bikes (subject to change).

Assessments will include assignments, presentations and reports.

Progression

As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 BTEC Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Careers

Employment opportunities in land-based mechanisation and its related industries are currently very good. The Subsidiary, Diploma and Extended Diploma Land-based Mechanisation provides the qualification and experience for entry into the industry at a technical level, with future prospects for entry into management.

Special requirements

Extra Costs: PPE (can be purchased with the College logo during the first 6 weeks of the course). Stationery. Some transport costs to shows. Opportunity to join Car Club.

Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural engineering involves the development, operation, maintenance and testing of highly specialised agricultural machinery. Students learn practical skills such as how agricultural machines work, maintenance techniques, welding and fabrication and machinery repair. 

The courses incorporate a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises, including assessment in practicals and written assignments. Employers are keen to employ Myerscough students as they have both the practical workshop skills and the managerial expertise that they require.