The Course

This City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Land-Based Engineering is ideal for those looking to start a career within the land-based engineering sector. 

A career in land-based engineering could be for you if you like to work as part of a team, working in the outdoors, enjoy problem-solving and are interested in developing your analytical and IT skills. 

Modern land-based engineering is not just about building larger and more powerful tractors and farm machinery. The skills required include robotics, computer-based imaging, GPS technology, science-based solutions, climate forecasting, technological solutions, environmental controls and much more.

Although farming and food production is a major focus, the land-based engineering industry extends into everything from the countryside and forestry to sports-grounds and open spaces. This qualification could start you off on the first steps on your journey to an exciting and rewarding career.


  • What You Study

    • Health and safety for the land-based industries
    • Land-based engineering workshop practices
    • Transmission and driveline operation principles
    • Engine operation principles
    • Fabrication, cutting and joining
    • Land-based vehicle electrics
    • Hydraulic systems
    • Land-based vehicle and machinery operation
    • Working in the land-based engineering industry
    • English and/or Maths (if not achieved at grade 4).

    There is also a requirement to complete 150 hours of work experience.

  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a Level 1 qualification in a related subject. One satisfactory reference is also required.

  • Progression

    The college also runs a Level 3 in Land-Based Engineering. Internal progression from Level 2 to Level 3 will be assessed on satisfactory completion of the Level 2 course.

  • Careers

    Work as a technician within the horticultural or agricultural machinery industry, such as in 4WD operation and maintenance, harvesting, ground care, cultivation and planting equipment. You could also work in the wider land-based technology field, including in renewable energy.

  • Equipment required

    For your course, you will need:

    • Good Quality Overalls
    • Steel Toecap Boots
    • Safety Glasses (Optional)
    • Pen
    • Pencil
    • Notepaper
  • How To Apply

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

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