Be at the forefront of farming knowledge! Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agronomy teaches specialised, professional skills and knowledge designed specifically for farm application. On completion, you will be well equipped to guide decisions about crops, pasture, and chemical and fertiliser application.
Strengthen your employment prospects
Learn the rationale behind pasture and soil health and be able to identify practices that will improve farming enterprises around Victoria.
With increased concern about soil health, sustainable farming and climate risk management, these areas of specialist knowledge and skills are in demand across Australia, making agronomy a sought after professional qualification.
Industry connections and resources
Your teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic are experts in their fields of wool, sheep, and beef production.
The Diploma of Agronomy is delivered and assessed at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus and our Yan Yean farm training complex and teaching facility, equipped with agricultural equipment and amenities of the highest standards.
Royal Agricultural Society – try for Melbourne Polytechnic’s student award in 2016.
After graduating, opportunities for employment include, agronomy consultant with agricultural, chemical or fertiliser stakeholders, or with farming and cropping enterprises. Farm management – enter into share farming arrangements or apply your skills and knowledge to your own farming enterprise. Job vacancies can be sourced on websites, such as www.agbizcareers.com.au.
Practical placement is not a requirement for this qualification although students are encouraged to gain practical work with agricultural enterprises and agencies.
Assessment methods include questioning, demonstrations, folio, assignments and reports.
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.
CampusesEPPING, Yan Yean
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor
Modes of Delivery
Field work, Blended online, Classroom
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment methods include oral questioning, scenario/problem solving and written activities.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material will be distributed at the start of the course. You will need suitable clothing and footwear for practical farm activities.
- while completion of Year 12 is not a pre-requisite, be advised that diploma courses generally require literacy and numeracy skills at post Year 12 levels
- AHC30110 Certificate III in Agriculture provides a pathway into this diploma course
Pathways to further studyComplete just two extra units of study and gain a combined qualification when you specialise in wool and sheep or beef production. Ask us about pathways to further vocational training or higher education from this qualification.
Career PathwaysThis course is a comprehensive springboard for a career in the agricultural industry and learned specialist skills will be well sought across the state of Victoria and around Australia.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCAGB501A||Develop climate risk management strategies||120|
|AHCAGB505A||Develop a whole farm plan||120|
|AHCBAC503A||MANAGE INTEGRATED CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION||120|
|AHCBAC505A||Plan and manage long-term weed, pest and/or disease control in crops||130|
|AHCBUS508A||PREPARE AND MONITOR BUDGETS AND FINANCIAL REPORTS||140|
|AHCWRK505A||MANAGE TRIAL AND/OR RESEARCH MATERIAL||140|
|VU21626||MANAGE SOILS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY||100|
|VU21627||DESIGN AND MANAGE A CROP AND PASTURE NUTRITION PROGRAM||100|
|VU21629||SELECT AND USE AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.