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You'll get the chance to spend one day a week on a commercial placement; getting hands-on experience of agricultural engineering and other related working functions while building your contacts. You'll also get to study in our excellent workshops; fully equipped with the latest technology and facilities. 

Course content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 

  • Air-conditioning and refrigerant handling
  • Diesel fuel injection systems
  • Hydraulic and electrical systems and components
  • Understanding and servicing harvesting machinery
  • Welding

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Entry Requirements:

Either: 

  • You'll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A*-C) including English, Maths and Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 course

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

If you haven't found a suitable employer, we will offer you guidance on applying for jobs and interviewing techniques.

Dates & Location:

September 2019

Duration:

2 years, full-time

3 days per week

Facilities

You'll get to work on a fleet of tractors, some with GPS, at our modern well-equipped workshops. This makes sure that you're learning on equipment that you'll be using in a current working environment. You'll meet visiting machinery dealers and enjoy specialist guest lectures. You'll also get the opportunity to develop your diagnostic skills as well as hands-on tools to use. We've also got an on-site welding shop. 

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, youll be able to go on to complete a Foundation degree in Agricultural Engineering, an apprenticeship or employment in roles such as an Agricultural Contractor , Agricultural Mechanic or Machinery Operative.

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