Key course information
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Gain a detailed understanding of agricultural machinery and its operations with this A-Level equivalent course. With our 1600-acre Lackham Campus as your classroom, including extensive workshops and a new fleet of industry-leading machinery, your study 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. Your practical operating and maintenance skills will be enriched by academic study, while your time at college will give you a real idea of how the agriculture and land-based engineering sectors work. 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 develop the key skills to work on a variety of agricultural machines. Areas of study will include engine technology, hydraulics, chassis, suspension and brake design, transmissions including hydrostatic, power shift, CVT and synchromesh. This course will give you a detailed understanding of the design, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of agricultural machinery, including tractors, combines, harvesters and construction plant equipment. You will also study vehicle electronics and diagnostics, workshop practice, principles of crop cutting and processing, welding (including MMA, MIG and TIG) principles of cultivating and machine use. You will also be given the skills to manage a business and offered the chance of additional qualifications in the form of rough terrain forklift and pesticide application.
GCSE Maths at Grade 5/B and 3 GCSEs at Grade 4/C including English Language and Science (or equivalent).
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land Based Engineering.
Assessment of this course is through externally assessed exams and synoptic assignments. There is also some written assignment work to complete in Year 2.
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.
You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need to supply your own protective boots and overalls, writing equipment, clipboard and calculator, and contribute towards the costs of some visits to trade shows and exhibitions.
You may have the opportunity to undertake additional City & Guilds qualifications such as welding skills, which may require you to pay additional fees.
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