Course: BTEC Level 3 in Land-Based Engineering

Department: Engineering

Type: 16+

Duration: Two years

The Course

This qualification is aimed at those interested in service engineering and mechanisation roles. It has been developed to build on existing skills and competency needed to gain employment and progression in the land-based engineering and service industries that fall within the environmental and land-based sector.

It identifies knowledge, understanding and technical skills that employers will need from learners entering the sector in the coming years.

The qualification is made up of five and 10 credit units of learning that give learners explicit recognition of their learning in education and work. They are assessed using a range of traditional and contemporary models such as practical assessments, written assessments and blended learning.

Work experience forms a large part of the study programme with learners needing to complete over 300 hours off site work experience. This has to be undertaken in an area related area to your main qualification and learners are expected to secure this prior to commencing the course if possible.


A range of pathways are available, depending on your grades.

  • Subsidiary Diploma (one year)
  • Diploma (two years)
  • Extended Diploma (two years)

What You Study

  • Vehicle engine technology
  • Service and repair of hydraulic systems and components
  • Vehicle chassis systems
  • Health and safety
  • How to inspect and test land-based machinery and equipment
  • Maths and / or English (if not achieved at grade 4)

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. One satisfactory reference is also needed.

Ashley Dodds

BTEC Level 3 in Land-Based Engineering

Ashley is travelling the world as a vehicle mechanic in the army after completing his two-year Engineering course.