Level 3 Block Release Extended Diploma in

Land-based Technology

Reaseheath delivers agricultural engineering training for leading national and international companies including JCB, Case IH, New Holland and CLAAS.

As a block release student you will study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology along with other industry relevant qualifications.

You will be trained by specialist staff in our fully equipped workshops to ensure you gain the technical knowledge required for a successful career in modern agriculture.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Engine, transmission, hydraulic, electrical and machinery technology
  • Fabrication and welding
  • Computing applications
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Engineering drawing and design
  • Practical skill instruction
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 3 years (12 weeks in college per year, delivered in 4 week block release courses), part-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and Science, or
  • Entry exam success

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • After this course you can continue to progress within industry or study a degree at university

Career options

  • Technical service engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Self employed engineer
  • Overseas development
How to apply

To apply for the Level 3 Block Release Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology programme please contact Jennifer Wright, Programme Administrator for Engineering on 01270 613269 or email Jennifer.Wright@reaseheath.ac.uk.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


If you live further afield and do not live on a transport route you may be eligible to stay in Reaseheath accommodation for the duration of your block. This is arranged through your employer. For more information on our accommodation and to view the facilities visit the accommodation pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Student Profile
Terry Kemp

Ambition: Agricultural engineer

School: Alness Academy, Ross-shire 

Age: 20

A trainee agricultural engineer with the Ravenhill New Holland dealership in Dingwall, near Inverness, Terry comes to college on block release three times a year to progress his training.

Although he enjoys his busy job at the dealership, he also looks forward to the very different experience he gets when he comes to college.
In the classroom he learns about relevant engineering systems and the latest technology while in our workshops he gets hands-on with the latest New Holland machinery and products, donated by industry partners. This balance ensures that our apprentices get the best possible experience and return to the workplace with updated skills.

In addition to his coursework, Terry has also enjoyed visiting New Holland’s main factory in Basildon.

Looking forward to achieving his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land Based Technology, Terry says: “I enjoy coming to Reaseheath because I learn the background behind why I need to do things a certain way. It’s good to meet up with the other apprentices too, as we all come from different dealerships.

“I think that being offered an apprenticeship makes you feel more loyal to your company, and the training helps you do a better job.”