Course: BTEC Level 3 in Land-Based Engineering

Department: Engineering

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

This course meets the needs of students wishing to follow a career working with machinery and equipment in the countryside land-based sectors. Many rural companies operate large high-specification equipment within the sector, whether it is horticultural, landscape or agricultural. Skilled operators and technicians for the sophisticated specialised equipment used in the industry are always in demand.


We offer a range of pathways to study at Level Three over one or two years, including:

  • Subsidiary Diploma (one year)
  • 90-credit Diploma (one year)
  • 120-credit Diploma (two years)
  • Extended Diploma (two years).

How To Apply

Application is via our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

What You Study

  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Land-based vehicle engine technology service and repair
  • Engines and components
  • Service and repair hydraulic systems and components on land-based equipment
  • Inspecting and testing land-based machinery and equipment
  • Mechanical power transmission systems
  • Repair processes and materials technology
  • Working with ground care equipment
  • Work experience and employability skills
  • English and Maths, as required.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or C, including English and Maths. A satisfactory reference is also needed.

Ryan Kidd-Smalley

BTEC Level 3 in Land-Based Engineering

Outstanding facilities, practical, hands-on learning, supportive tutors and great friends – Riseholme College has the total package for Ryan.