2 years full time / 4 years part time
2 years full time / 4 years part time
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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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.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|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|
|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|
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.
Studying at Melbourne Polytechnic
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Our Student Life at Melbourne Polytechnic (SLAM) team run the fun stuff on campus: things like movie nights, bake sales, cook-offs, career expos, spring markets, and much more.Student Life at Melbourne Polytechnic
Melbourne Polytechnic has a large range of specialist training facilities in health and community, construction, hospitality, education and more.Specialist Training Facilities
One of the most common misconceptions about scholarships is that you have to be 'top in your class' to apply. Melbourne Polytechnic scholarships are awarded on a range of criteria such as merit, your area of study and personal circumstances.Scholarships
|Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$250|
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.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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.
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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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