Hartpury College

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Agricultural Engineering

Tractor driving

Course Overview

Agricultural engineering is for people who are practical and have an enquiring mind and who want a varied working environment with modern technology.

This one year course is aimed at people with lower entry grades who wish to develop their related knowledge and skills in agricultural engineering and seeks to lay the building blocks for a successful course progression or entry into an Engineering business. It covers key related knowledge, understanding and practical skills essential to work within the Land Based service industry. Successful completion of the Subsidiary Diploma in Agricultural Engineering at Merit or above, appropriate Functional Skills and with a satisfactory course reference will subject to interview and initial assessment, enable progression onto the Diploma in Agricultural Engineering.

With technology increasing there are a wide range of career opportunities for skilled versatile service engineers particularly for those with a recognised qualification, opportunities can include employment in: -

• Service engineering.

• Farm/contractor mechanic.

• Plant/Horticultural mechanic

• Tractor driver.

• Manufacturer employment.

• Family/Home business.

• VSO/overland experiences.

The broad topics offered on this course also give a sound mechanical basis for entry at service level to allied industries e.g. forestry machinery, welding and fabrication, plant and construction machinery, tool hire, horticultural and ground care machinery.

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


Two GCSEs at grade C or above including English language and Maths, by interview and initial assessment.

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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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