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Agricultural Engineering Level 3

Programme Description

The course provides a programme of study manageable in a year so that learners can bank, and then build on their achievement. 

It encourages progression for those learners who wish to undertake a one year course of study because of individual circumstances. 

However, the 90 credits achieved count towards the 180 credits required to complete the Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology at level 3 if the student wishes to progress.  

The course provides the training and development needed for students with a keen interest in agricultural engineering who wish to progress to higher education, either at HE or degree level. It covers a broad base of agricultural engineering and, although practically orientated, focuses on the theory behind the engineering technologies involved in the agricultural industry particularly as applied to the design, manufacture and service requirements of agricultural tractors and field machinery.

Year 1 - 90 credits

Year 2 - 120 or 180 credits

Programme Features

  • Progression within education to include the Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology level 3. 
  • Preparation for employment in the appropriate vocational sector. 
  • Practical and theoretical training in Agricultural and Land-based machinery and equipment. 
  • Nationally recognised qualification.


Progression & Employment

Successful completion of the extended diploma will qualify students for entry to HE and degree courses in related subjects.

Programme Content

Agricultural and Vehicle Technology; Engine Technology; Diesel Technology; Engineering Design; Engineering Maths and Science; Health and Safety; Work related experience; Hydraulic Systems; Diagnostics; Chassis Systems; Transmissions; Engineering Project; Electrics and electonic control systems; Servicing of machinery and equipment.

Programme Assessment

Assessment is based on coursework assignments and end of module tests, and workshop practical assessments.

Programme Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs A* - C (to include Maths, English or Welsh) or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject plus one GCSE (A* - C) in either Mathematics, Welsh or English.


Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.