Courses

Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science

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.

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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
  • heritage
  • 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.

Employment outcomes

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.

Assessment

Assignments, reports, examps, demonstrations, questioning, practical work, and a folio.

Contact

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.

Local Students

Code

22260VIC

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years
3 days per week

Part-time: 4 years
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 Delivery

Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$3000
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.

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

Assessment Methods

Assignments, reports, exams, demonstrations, questioning, practical work, and a folio.

Materials

A 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.

Entrance Requirements

While there are no pre-requisite academic requirements for entry to this course, you will need to have minimum language, literacy and numeracy skills

Pathways to further study

This 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 Pathways

You 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

Enrolment Intake

  • July
  • 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
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
AHCWRK503A PREPARE REPORTS 60
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