Hartpury College

Level 3 Extended Diploma Land-based Mechanisation

Farm equipment

Course Overview

This course is a good balance between agriculture and engineering. The first year units have a strong agricultural content which includes one livestock and crops production unit. You have opportunities to gain skills and experience in our five workshop facilities and from operating some of the latest tractors and range of equipment. Machinery operations give you the chance to gain experience when opportunity allows on the college farm and estate, making use of the range of tractors and equipment that we have.

In your second year Business and Machinery Management units allow you to learn about these aspects of the industry. Engine and transmission units allow you to learn about maintaining tractors and equipment carrying out practical tasks in our workshops.

Students will also study welding as part of their studies at Hartpury. If you wish to be registered at the end of the course for an industry recognised qualification Level 1 City and Guilds in Mig and Arc Welding, there will be a small registration fee of £75.00.

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


Five GCSEs at Grade C or better, to include English Language and Maths.

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In Brief


2 Years

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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