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Agricultural Engineering Technical Baccalaureate at Reaseheath College

Course description

The Technical Baccalaureate is a government backed programme that is designed for talented individuals who wish to pursuing a career within the field of agricultural engineering.

The ‘Tech Bacc’ enables you to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agricultural Engineering alongside a Level 3 Maths qualification and extended industry project. In addition you will also complete a work placement with an employer in your vocational area of interest.

The course is designed for students who can demonstrate academic ability and a passion for the agricultural engineering industry, and will provide a challenging and exciting opportunity to study this discipline at level 3.

The ‘Tech Bacc’ offers you a set of qualifications that will stand you in good stead to pursue a career in the industry, take a Higher Apprenticeship, or progress on to further study, including technical courses at university.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering (specialist units include: hydraulics, computer controlled systems including GPS and auto-steer, diesel fuel injection systems and agricultural machinery)
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification
  • Level 3 Mathematics
  • Industry Placement

Course content

Year 1

  • Health & safety recognise & reduce risks
  • Thermal joining and cutting
  • Electrical systems
  • Service and repair engines and components
  • Work shop practices – fabrication, cultivation and planting equipment
  • Hydraulics
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Mechanical power transmission systems
  • Chassis systems

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Year 2

  • Customer care
  • Application equipment
  • Computer application and control
  • Engineering science
  • Control and monitoring systems
  • Transmissions, powershift, hydrostatic and CVT
  • Inspect and test
  • Vehicle technology
  • Harvesting equipment, cutting & lifting

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs including grade B in Maths, English and Science and grade C in 2 other subjects
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English. Those with other level 2 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • You may progress into Higher Education, gain employment within the agricultural engineering industry or start a Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Education course options

  • Higher Apprenticeship in Land Based Technology
  • HNC in Mechanical Engineering (Agricultural)
  • HND in Mechanical Engineering (Agricultural)
  • Foundation Degree in Dealership Management
  • Degree in Agricultural Engineering

Career options

  • Precision farming engineer
  • Technical service engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Self-employed engineer
  • Overseas development

Further information

You will also complete an industry based placement and be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide 1:1 support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the agricultural engineering industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reaseheath College directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • You will be studying in the beautiful, rural setting of Cheshire, one mile from the market town of Nantwich with good connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Chester. 

      The Reaseheath campus itself is small enough to retain its friendly, family atmosphere, but large enough for you to be able to mix with lots of groups of students. 

      Our front lawn is great to sit out on during the summer and the College lake has much wildlife to watch. 

      Over the past few years we have invested over £50 million in our campus to give you the best possible environment for learning. 

      A further £30 million investment is planned for the campus including a £6 million advanced agricultural technology and engineering facility, new halls of residence and new sporting facilities.