Key course information
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If you’ve always wanted to work with machinery like tractors, combines and harvesters, this course is perfect for you. With our 1600-acre Lackham Campus as your classroom, including extensive workshops and a new fleet of industry-leading machinery, your learning will be hands-on, practical and exciting. You’ll learn how to operate everything from a Gator to a Kuhn Azera, using all the equipment you’d typically find on a farm. You’ll build confidence driving these machines, as well as beginning to understand how they work. Your time at college will give you a real idea of how the agriculture and land-based engineering industries work, learning from lecturers with years of industry experience. Lackham is home to working commercial farms, so you’ll be immersed in a realistic industry environment from day one, giving you a head start whether you want to study further, progress onto an apprenticeship or seek employment.
What will I learn?
You'll pick up a range of skills and knowledge necessary to enter the land-based engineering industry, or the mechanised side of agriculture. At the heart of your learning will be a solid foundation in the function of agricultural vehicle systems. Core units cover engine technology, transmissions, calculations, land-based machinery operations and workshop practice. You’ll be working with state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment, and the practical nature of your classes will equip you with skills and experience that are invaluable when seeking employment. Your lecturers are experienced professionals, and the College’s broad network of industry connections will assist you in finding the perfect work placement to enrich your qualification.
4 GCSEs at Grade 3/D including English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent).
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land Based Engineering.
Whilst most assessments are carried out during practical sessions, some assignment work will need to be completed in your own time.
Assessment is by externally assessed exam, coursework in the form of written assignments and workbooks. You will also be assessed during practical sessions.
An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team
Additional Costs and Information
You will need to supply your own protective boots, overalls and writing equipment. In addition, there will be a contribution required towards some visits to related shows or exhibitions.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
- Land-based Service Engineer
- Plant Maintenance Engineer
- Agricultural Engineer
- Tractor Driver