Level 3 Diploma Suite Agricultural Engineering

About the course

The College offers an opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of Land-based Mechanisation - encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises, including assessment in practicals and written assignments.

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

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

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.

Understanding and Servicing Land-based Harvesting Machinery (Processing)

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

Extended Diploma

Undertaking Land-based Workshop Practice

An introduction to joining a variety of materials by a selection of different methods, e.g. welding, riveting, screwing and adhesion.

Understanding and Working with Land-based Machinery (Cultivation and Planting Equipment)

To have an understanding of the work principles of field equipment used in preparing a seedbed and in planting a commercial crop.

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

You need to work in the industry for a minimum of 400 hours. You are required to write a report on the business you are working for.

Business Management in the Land-based Sector

To have an understanding of how a small business should operate, including balance sheets, VAT, PAYE, loans, etc.

Service and Repair Electrical Systems on Land-based Equipment

To have an understanding of basic aspects of electrical equipment used in Land-based vehicles, including all modern-related computer technology.

Working with Land-based Machinery (Application Equipment)

To have an understanding of equipment used in the land-based industry for applying fertiliser and chemicals.

Operate and Service Land-based Vehicle Transmission Systems

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

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.

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

This module includes all regular maintenance including repairing faults and damage in the engine

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

Understanding and Servicing Land-based Harvesting Machinery (Processing)

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

Understanding and Servicing Land-based 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

Service and Repair Hydraulics Systems and Components for 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 hydraulics systems used on land-based vehicles and equipment

Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector

Learners 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

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

Service and Repair Pneumatic 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

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

Undertaking 4WD Vehicle Maintenance, Operation and Recovery

Learners 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

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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

· Subsidiary Diploma (60 credits in 1 year) /Diploma (120 credits in 2 years) - An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science

· Extended Diploma (180 credits in 2 years) - An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science

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).

The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises, including assessment in practicals and written assignments.

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 Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Careers

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

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

· Pens, pencils, note book etc approx £20

· Clean Myerscough fire retardant overalls and suitable protective footwear (available to purchase from Myerscough College at the beginning of the course). £85

Costs that are optional for the course:

· Trips and visits approx £80

· Although not essential for the course, students may wish to buy recommended books. £20 - £50

· Opportunity to join Car Club. £20 per annum

· Lockers £25 for the year with a refund of £10 on return of the locker key

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.