The Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science provides you with the technical skills and plant knowledge to grow your career to the next level, or catapult it from the ground up. Turn your love of all things green into a well regarded, sought after qualification for many sectors of the horticulture industry. This diverse, applied program that will serve you well in your horticulture-based career.
Specialised career options at your fingertips
Horticulture is playing an increasingly vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining flora for future generations. The course concentrates on developing your skills, in:
- applied botany and plant physiology
- plant identification and selection
- soils and soil management
- sustainable horticulture
- plant health
- technical skills in garden care and maintenance
This Diploma consists of 15 units of competency, including 10 core subjects and 5 elective subjects.
Industry connections and resources
Industry-qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through all the scientific facets of the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science. Modern facilities that use the latest technology and methods will ensure your future career is a success.
The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the peak industry body for the states horticultural industry. Students have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show.
This qualification will facilitate your entry into many areas of the horticulture industry. There is opportunity to make many meaningful connections and a work experience component of 100 hours is incorporated into this course.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
Assignments, reports, examps, demonstrations, questioning, practical work, and a folio.
For any additional information on the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
3 days per week
1 day per week. Some places may be available in the full-time group to accommodate part-time students. Part-time study is available to industry clients
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsWhile there are no pre-requisite academic requirements for entry to this course, you will need to have minimum language, literacy and numeracy skills
Assessment MethodsAssignments, reports, exams, demonstrations, questioning, practical work, and a folio.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Items may include your own safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi Vis vest, good quality secateurs, sunscreen, USB flash drive, one textbook and writing materials.
Pathways to further studyThis qualification may lead to further study such as our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Agronomy), or even the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Viticulture and Winemaking)
Career PathwaysYou will only be limited by your imagination. Career pathways include management of private, public and heritage gardens and parks, garden design, wholesale or retail nurseries, consultancy services, and private and owner operator enterprises
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCPCM401A||RECOMMEND PLANTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES||80|
|AHCPCM501A||DIAGNOSE PLANT HEALTH PROBLEMS||120|
|AHCPCM504A||DESIGN AND MAINTAIN A SPECIALISED LANDSCAPE||150|
|AHCPGD501A||MANAGE PLANT CULTURAL PRACTICES||200|
|AHCWRK403A||SUPERVISE WORK ROUTINES AND STAFF PERFORMANCE||50|
|AHCWRK507A||IMPLEMENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||100|
|VU20835||DEVELOP A LANDSCAPE DESIGN||100|
|VU21515||APPLY THE SCIENCE OF BOTANY TO HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES||60|
|VU21516||APPLY PLANT PHYSIOLOGY TO HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES||60|
|VU21517||IDENTIFY AND SELECT PLANTS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY||100|
|VU21518||MANAGE SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES||90|
|VU21519||MANAGE SOILS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY||100|
|VU21520||DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PRUNING PROGRAM||60|
|VU21521||DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROPAGATION PROGRAM||60|