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Applied Horticultural Science

Diploma of

Code: 22260VIC Cricos: 094461D
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

2 years full time / 4 years part time

Duration

2 years full time / 4 years part time

Next Intake

July

Next Intake

July

Grow into your new career

Australia’s biodiversity, size and unique climate results in a thriving horticultural industry. Tropical fruits, subtropical fruits, vegetables and grains are produced in abundance, making horticulture the country’s second largest rural production industry after wheat. Melbourne Polytechnic’s modern facilities utilise the latest technologies and methods to teach you the essential skills to enter an ever-changing industry as a successful horticultural scientist. If you have a passion for the science of plants and gardening, the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science could be the pathway for you.

Learn from industry connected green thumbs

Melbourne Polytechnic’s teachers will help to provide you with the technical, scientific skills and plant knowledge you need to further your career. You will be guided through all of the scientific facets of the course, and utilise our modern facilities which include a plant nursery, gardens for practical work, modern greenhouses, laboratories and more. Melbourne Polytechnic’s industry links will offer students the opportunity to work with Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV), the peak body in Victoria’s horticultural industry. Students may also have the opportunity to compete in events like the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show.

Get into a hands-on career

Horticulture is an industry with many different career pathways. It plays a vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining Australia’s flora and biodiversity for the future. You might find work such as maintaining gardens, horticultural project management, management of a horticultural enterprise or landscape design.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Opportunities in a broad range of horticultural enterprises and disciplines include:
  • maintenance and management of private and public gardens and parks
  • restoration and management of heritage gardens
  • project management
  • managing a horticultural enterprise
  • garden and landscape design
  • Garden Designer
  • Greenkeeper
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscaping Business Operator

Pathways

These qualifications may lead to further studies in horticulture at tertiary institutes

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Mon - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Forms of assessment may include assignments, reports, tests, demonstrations of skills, verbal questioning, practical work, third party reports and folios. At the commencement of each unit you will be given an outline of what is to be covered in that unit and how the unit will be assessed.

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
VU20835 DEVELOP A LANDSCAPE DESIGN Core 100
AHCPCM501 DIAGNOSE PLANT HEALTH PROBLEMS Core 120
VU21515 APPLY THE SCIENCE OF BOTANY TO HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES Core 60
AHCWRK503 PREPARE REPORTS Core 60
VU21517 IDENTIFY AND SELECT PLANTS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY Core 100
AHCWRK507 IMPLEMENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Core 100
VU21521 DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROPAGATION PROGRAM Core 60
VU21520 DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PRUNING PROGRAM Core 60
AHCPGD501 MANAGE PLANT CULTURAL PRACTICES Core 200
AHCPCM504 DESIGN A SPECIALISED LANDSCAPE Core 150
AHCPCM401 RECOMMEND PLANTS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES Core 80
VU21969 DEVELOP A LANDSCAPE DESIGN Core 130
VU21519 MANAGE SOILS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY Core 100
VU21516 APPLY PLANT PHYSIOLOGY TO HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES Core 60
AHCWRK403 SUPERVISE WORK ROUTINES AND STAFF PERFORMANCE Core 50
VU21518 MANAGE SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES Core 70

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $9400 $20700
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $9650 $20950
Per year $13128
Per semester $6564

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 1 November 2019. 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.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

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, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

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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 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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