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Level 3 Diplomas in Land-Based Technology (Agricultural Machinery)

Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability
Agriculture and Sustainability

Designed for those students who want to pursue a career in agricultural engineering, this course examines a wide range of agricultural machinery and provides skills, which can be transferred into more mainstream engineering. You will benefit from our industryexperienced tutors and gain an understanding of the skills needed for technical support in the engineering sector. By the end of the course, you will have developed a number of practical skills and be well equipped to influence engineering in the future.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

Extended Diploma - 2 years.

90 Credit Diploma - 1 year.

5 days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit

  • Land based Engineering operations - perform thermal joining and cutting processes (to place work exp 306 unit)
  • Land based Engineering Operations - service and repair engines and components
  • Understanding and working with land based vehicle engine technology
  • Understanding and servicing mechanical power transmission systems
  • Undertaking land based workshop practice
  • Understanding health, safety and welfare in the land based engineering workplace
  • Service and repair hydraulic systems and components on land based equipment
  • Service and repair suspension systems on land based equipment
  • Understanding land based vehicle chassis systems • Undertaking land based machinery operations
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land based industries
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Year 2 Extended Diploma

  • Land based Engineering operations - perform thermal joining and cutting processes (to place work exp 306 unit)
  • Land based Engineering Operations - service and repair engines and components
  • Understanding and working with land based vehicle engine technology
  • Understanding and servicing mechanical power transmission systems
  • Undertaking land based workshop practice
  • Understanding health, safety and welfare in the land based engineering workplace
  • Service and repair hydraulic systems and components on land based equipment
  • Service and repair suspension systems on land based equipment
  • Understanding land based vehicle chassis systems
  • Undertaking land based machinery operations
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land based industries
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using assignments, projects, practical tests and external assessments.

Entry Requirements:

180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade

90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

90 Credit
Successful students can progress into the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma or into employment.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, wellington boots, waterproof clothing and a Hadlow College t-shirt and fire-retardant overalls.

Available Clothing

Agriculture Body Warmer

Agriculture Jacket

Agriculture Sweatshirt

Agriculture Polo Shirt

Agriculture Boiler Suit

Land-Based Technology Rugby Shirt

Land-Based Technology Sweatshirt

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

Resources

  • 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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