Courses

Diploma of Agronomy

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.

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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.

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Employment outcomes

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.

Work placement is not a requirement for this qualification although students are encouraged to gain practical experience with agricultural enterprises and agencies.

Assessment

Assessment methods include oral questioning, scenario and problem solving and written activities.

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.

Contact

For any additional information on the Diploma of Agronomy, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

22273VIC

Campuses

EPPING

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: 2 years


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 Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Workshops, Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$3150
Ineligible:$6850
Materials:$95

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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include oral questioning, scenario/problem solving and written activities.

Materials

A 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.

Entrance Requirements

  • 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 study

Complete 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 Pathways

This 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.

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • Midyear

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCAGB501A Develop climate risk management strategies 120
AHCAGB505A Develop a whole farm plan 120
AHCBAC401A MANAGE PASTURES FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION 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
AHCWRK503A PREPARE REPORTS 60
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.