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Level 3 Technical Qualification in Agricultural Engineering

Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability

This course has a mixture of practical and theory and is delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural facilities including the workshop and machinery training yard.
Students are able to access a range of additional learning support, based on need and well supported through the use virtual learning resources. A range of employability skills will be developed whilst on the course including practical skills, communication, and land-based specific knowledge, and development of ICT skills. Students  will also get the opportunity to carry out work experience on external placements.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 - 2 years


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1
• Welding and fabrication
• Service and repair engines and components
• Land-based vehicle engine technology
• Servicing mechanical power transmission systems
• Workshop practice
• Health, safety and welfare
• Service and repair hydraulic systems
• Service and repair suspension systems
• Machinery operations
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2
• Vehicle chassis systems
• Customer care
• Work-related experience
• Workshop repair process and materials technology
• Service and repair electrical systems
• Inspect and test equipment and machinery
• Business planning and improvement
• Working with groundcare equipment
• Specialised workshop practice
• Investigative project
• Provide customer care
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4
or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs
in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade. For those students
who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option
of a 90 credit Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or
Distinction will allow progression onto the second year.

Steel toe-capped boots, Hadlow College t-shirt, jersey
and overalls.

Students will be assessed throughout the course using
assignments, projects, practical tests, exams and
external assessments. Students are encouraged to
relate theory to practice in all assessments.

On completion of this qualification you will have
the knowledge and skills to enter the Agricultural
engineering industry. Former students who have left
have worked as workshop engineers, Farm fitters,
Machinery contractors, Main dealership technicians
and self-employed mechanics. The options are endless,
and if you have enjoyed the education, this qualification
will allow you to progress onto higher qualification
including BSc (Hons) Agriculture here at Hadlow.

Available Clothing

Agriculture Sweatshirt

Agriculture Polo Shirt

Agriculture Boiler Suit

Land-Based Technology Polo Shirt

Land-Based Technology Boiler Suit

I have always wanted to have a career which was hands-on and mechanical. Initially I thought of becoming a car mechanic but, as much as I love cars they do not really interest me. Having heard about Hadlow College whilst studying for my A-Levels, I thought learning about agricultural vehicles would be different and so chose to apply. Studying here hasn’t had one downside to it. I really enjoy each day and love learning something new – we do not just learn about the engines and transmissions, but also how to weld, make tools and all about the different components within a vehicle. Everyone is also really friendly and there is so much more help available than at my previous school.

Tim Minchin


  • 270 hectare fully functioning commercial farm with an additional 40 hectares of grazing land
  • 130 cow award-winning dairy herd with fully functioning dairy unit
  • 600 breeding sheep producing prime butcher

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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