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Diploma of Agriculture

VTAC Code: AHC50116 Cricos: 092578G VTAC Number: Epping 6900210284

Overview

Campus

Epping

Campus

Epping

Duration

18 months full time

Duration

18 months

Next Intake

February 2021

Next Intake

February 2021

Grow your career in the agriculture industry

Agriculture in Australia is a $60 billion industry responsible for almost 95% of Australia’s food supply. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture, will teach you specialist skills and industry knowledge that are in high demand across Australia to service this growing industry.

Learn in the field from industry experts

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture will train you in vital agricultural business skills and practical techniques, such as budgeting, production planning, climate risk strategies, animal husbandry and long-term crop management. At our fully-equipped Epping campus and Yan Yean working farm training complex, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the latest in agricultural technology. Boasting an expert roster of teachers and industry professionals in sheep and beef production, you'll gain real world, on-farm experience as you study with Victoria’s largest provider of agricultural education.

Reap the rewards of an agricultural qualification

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Agriculture will have an abundance of skills and growing expertise to move into the rural production industry and associated agribusiness enterprises. You may end up in a career as a stock and station agent, a farm manager or the operator of your very own farm.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates may enter a wide range of occupations within the rural production industry and associated agribusiness enterprises, such as stock and station agents, farm managers and farm operators
  • Stock Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Operator

Pathways

As a domestic graduate of this course, you may apply for credits in the La Trobe Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology taught at Melbourne Polytechnic.
As an International Students you can articulate into the Melbourne Polytechnic conferred Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology with 8 subjects/1 year credit.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Field work
  • Blended: remote online delivery and learning
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods for these courses include written activities and assignments, written tests, practical demonstrations and folio.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCAGB513 DEVELOP A FARM PLAN Elective 120
AHCAGB518 DEVELOP CLIMATE RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES Elective 120
AHCAGB521 SELECT AND USE AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY Elective 100
AHCBAC503 MANAGE INTEGRATED CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION Elective 120
AHCBAC509 PLAN AND MANAGE LONG-TERM WEED, PEST OR DISEASE CONTROL IN CROPS Elective 130
AHCBIO403 PLAN AND IMPLEMENT A FARM OR ENTERPRISE BIOSECURITY PLAN Elective 120
AHCBUS508 PREPARE AND MONITOR BUDGETS AND FINANCIAL REPORTS Elective 140
AHCLSK504 DEVELOP LIVESTOCK HEALTH AND WELFARE STRATEGIES Elective 150
AHCLSK505 DEVELOP PRODUCTION PLANS FOR LIVESTOCK Elective 180
AHCPCM402 DEVELOP A SOIL HEALTH AND PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM Elective 90
AHCSOL502 MANAGE SOILS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY Elective 100
AHCWRK505 MANAGE TRIAL AND RESEARCH MATERIAL Elective 140

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $8600 $16750
Materials fee $65 $65
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $8915 $17065
Per year $14000
Per semester $7000
Materials fee $65

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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.
Lists of materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department. Clothing and footwear for suitable for field activities will also be required

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Applicants should however be aware that this course is at post-year 12 level

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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