Hartpury College

Level 3 Diploma Land-based Mechanisation

Farm mechanics

Course Overview

This course builds on the knowledge learned in the Subsidiary Diploma. You have the opportunity to gain experience in our workshop facilities or with our range of modern tractors and equipment.  There will be opportunities through the academic year for you to carry out practical tasks on the college farm and estate and a period of work experience is also incorporated.

Some of the subjects you will study include:

  • Work related experience in the land-based sector
  • Agricultural spreaders and sprayers
  • Understanding and servicing harvesting machinery – cutting and lifting
  • Specialised land-based workshop practise
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Agricultural forage crop production

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in a relevant subject. Direct entry from other qualifications may be possible and will be determined at interview.

In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification. 

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results. 

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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