Technical Baccalaureate in

Agricultural Engineering

Start your agricultural engineering career with an academic edge by studying this Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc).

As part of your TechBacc qualification you will study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agricultural Engineering alongside a Level 3 Maths qualification. You’ll also undertake an extended industry project and complete a work placement, ideal preparation to go straight into industry or on to higher level study.

At a glance

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 5 GCSEs including grade 4/C or above to include Maths, English and Science and grade 5/B, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade 5/B in Maths and English

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering (specialist units include: hydraulics, computer controlled systems including GPS and auto-steer, diesel fuel injection systems and agricultural machinery)
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification
  • Level 3 Mathematics
  • Industry Placement

Course options after this programme

  • Progress onto study a degree in Agricultural Engineering or a foundation degree in Dealership Management, or
  • HNC/HND in Mechanical Engineering (Agricultural), or
  • Gain employment within the agricultural engineering industry

Higher Education course options

  • Higher Apprenticeship in Land Based Technology
  • HNC in Mechanical Engineering (Agricultural)
  • HND in Mechanical Engineering (Agricultural)
  • Foundation Degree in Dealership Management
  • Degree in Agricultural Engineering

Career options

  • Precision farming engineer
  • Technical service engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Self-employed engineer
  • Overseas development
Year 1 modules

What will I study?

  • Health & safety recognise & reduce risks
  • Thermal joining and cutting
  • Electrical systems
  • Service and repair engines and components
  • Work shop practices – fabrication, cultivation and planting equipment
  • Hydraulics
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Mechanical power transmission systems
  • Chassis systems

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Year 2 modules

What will I study?

  • Customer care
  • Application equipment
  • Computer application and control
  • Engineering science
  • Control and monitoring systems
  • Transmissions, powershift, hydrostatic and CVT
  • Inspect and test
  • Vehicle technology
  • Harvesting equipment, cutting & lifting

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

Industry mentor

You will also complete an industry based placement and be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the agricultural engineering industry.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 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 study tours or 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 bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

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.

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