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Agricultural Mechanisation- Level 3 City and Guilds Technical Certificate at Plumpton College

Course description

If you're looking to build on your skills and create a real career opportunity within the agricultural machinery industry, this exciting course is definitely for you.

You'll get the chance to spend one day a week on a commercial placement; getting hands-on experience of agricultural engineering and other related working functions while building your contacts. You'll also get to study in our excellent workshops; fully equipped with the latest technology and facilities. 

Course content

Course content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 


  • Air-conditioning and refrigerant handling
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Hydraulic and electrical systems and components
  • Understanding and servicing harvesting machinery
  • Welding

Entry requirements



  • You'll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between grade A - C (new grades 9-4) including English, Maths and Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 course
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

The facility fee is applicable to all our full time FE students and this is paid annually before you arrive for your enrolment and induction. This fee assists in providing non-educational facilities which include security, sports amenities, membership of the Sports and Social Club, minibuses, Wi Fi access, television room, on-site medical support and free car parking subject to availability.

For students aged 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

01273 892082

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, youll be able to go on to complete a Foundation degree in Agricultural Engineering, an apprenticeship or employment in roles such as an Agricultural Contractor , Agricultural Mechanic or Machinery Operative.

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week for 2 years.



You'll get to work on a fleet of tractors, some with GPS, at our modern well-equipped workshops. This makes sure that you're learning on equipment that you'll be using in a current working environment. You'll meet visiting machinery dealers and enjoy specialist guest lectures. You'll also get the opportunity to develop your diagnostic skills as well as hands-on tools to use. We've also got an on-site welding shop. 

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: 13 October 2017
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.