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Agricultural Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification (formerly National Diploma) is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Diploma students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of land-based machinery maintenance, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, building knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Diploma (also listed), with students on the Extended Diploma studying an extra three units each year.

Additional units cover the operation and servicing of field equipment (cultivation and planting), fault diagnosis, inspection and repair, servicing and repairing electrical systems, undertaking 4WD vehicle maintenance (operation and recovery), fertiliser and chemical application equipment and business management within the land-based sector (marketing, strategy and analysis).

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Extended Diploma prepares students for supervisory and junior management positions in the industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.

There are fantastic employment opportunities for anyone with both a keen interest in mechanisation and the relevant academic and practical skills. An increased demand for trained staff means that career opportunities exist throughout the world, with many large machinery dealerships based in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Our courses are delivered by a highly qualified, dedicated and experienced teaching team, with strong support from leading industry partners. Employers are keen to employ Myerscough students as they have both the practical workshop skills and the managerial expertise that they require.

Further information

Agricultural Engineering involves the development, operation, maintenance and testing of highly specialised agricultural machinery.

Students learn practical skills such as welding and fabrication, how machines work, why they breakdown and how they can be repaired. Students also undertake research into transmission systems and engine characteristics – including performance testing and emissions control – using the latest machinery technologies.

Our state-of-the-art newly built Engineering Centre provides the perfect environment for students to develop their knowledge and expertise.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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