The Course

If you'd like to work in land-based engineering, this is the qualification for you. It is designed to provide you with a wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to progress to employment, or to further learning and training, within the land-based engineering industry.

We work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers. This practical-based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the land-based engineering industry or specialist further study.

  • What You Study

    • Vehicle engine technology
    • Calculations for service engineering and workshop processes
    • Testing, servicing and repairing engines, vehicle systems, electric systems and hydraulic systems
    • Health and safety
    • Testing, servicing and repairing  land-based machinery and equipment
    • English and/or Maths (if not achieved at grade 4)

    There is also a requirement to complete 315 hours of work experience.

  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent.

    Maths at grade 4 or higher is desirable due to the content of some of the units. Students will be individually assessed as part of the interview process to determine suitability.

    One satisfactory reference is also needed.

  • Progression

    On completion of this qualification, you will have obtained the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into industry or on to a higher level supervisory or management qualifications, e.g. Level 4 HNC in Engineering, or progress into employment in your chosen trade.

  • Careers

    Work in machinery operation, servicing, product demonstration, machinery sales and equipment hire.

  • 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).


Mature student Miriam studies the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Land-Based Technology and giving up her previous career to pursue her dream.

I don’t have any regrets. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m so pleased I went down the BTEC route.

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