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Agricultural Engineering - BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma qualifications (formerly National Award and National Certificate) are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical skills with academic theory and classroom study. The Subsidiary Diploma is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma. Others choose to start work in the industry.

Course content

In year one, students learn about servicing engines, repairing componentry, maintaining hydraulic systems and promoting health and safety in the workplace. Additional units cover operating and servicing clutch and gearbox transmissions, undertaking workshop practices and operating and servicing harvesting machinery.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their interests during the second year of their programme. Units cover vehicle chassis systems, vehicle engine technology, land-based diesel fuel injection systems and servicing and repairing pneumatic systems and components. An investigative project provides the opportunity to design, build and market an innovative new product.

For students undertaking the Diploma programme, additional practical skills will be gained during a period of work experience. This enables students to learn additional hands-on skills, and apply their theoretical knowledge, to enhance their future employment prospects.

A wide range of additional qualifications are available to students, enhancing their employment prospects. These may include training and assessment in ATV operation, tractor driving, introductory welding, chainsaw use and abrasive wheel operation.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass 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

Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agricultural Engineering which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

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

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Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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