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Horticulture

Diploma Of

Code: AHC50416 Cricos: 092588E

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

February

Next Intake

February

Grow your skill set in horticulture

Sustain your green thumb with the Diploma of Horticulture. Working within a specialised field, you’ll be drawn into an abundance of opportunities and knowledge of the ever-growing field of flora and fauna. You’ll learn everything you need in order to be part of a $2.15 billion industry, applying knowledge of plant sustainability and maintaining our environment for future generations.

Nurture your skills with world class experience

You’ll be trained in practical skills by an array of experienced trade professionals in our industry-replicated working environments. Melbourne Polytechnic is equipped with purpose-built horticulture workshops, featuring state-of-the-art and industry-based teachers who will teach the fundamentals of plant health and design, from flora and fauna, to nuts, fruits and vegetables. Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive industry connections and partnership with the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria, will allow you to apply your horticultural skills at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, combining your qualification with invaluable experience for unique credibility.

A bountiful range of career options

As a fully-qualified horticulturist, you’ll have an abundance of employment opportunities that will continue to bloom. You might work within a range of horticultural practises, including landscape construction and design, contract maintenance, consultancy services, or management of botanic gardens and horticultural enterprises

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.
  • design and garden drawing
  • Garden Designer
  • Landscape Gardener

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. 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.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

one (1) day per week Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used, including demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, third party reports and practical work. 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.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
VU21517 IDENTIFY AND SELECT PLANTS TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY Core 100
AHCPGD501 MANAGE PLANT CULTURAL PRACTICES Core 200
AHCPCM502 COLLECT AND CLASSIFY PLANTS Core 120
AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients Core 100
AHCDES502 PREPARE A LANDSCAPE PROJECT DESIGN Core 240
AHCWRK507 IMPLEMENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Core 100
AHCSOL501 MONITOR AND MANAGE SOILS FOR PRODUCTION Core 100
AHCPGD502 PLAN THE RESTORATION OF PARKS AND GARDENS Core 120
AHCWRK503 PREPARE REPORTS Core 60
AHCPCM501 DIAGNOSE PLANT HEALTH PROBLEMS Core 120

Fees & Costs

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.

Tuition Fees
$8850.00 - $18950.00
$6838 per semester
$13676 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

  • a list of equipment and reference material needed will be distributed at the start of the course
  • reference material is available for student loan in all our campus libraries
  • items will 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.
Materials Costs
$30.00
$30.00
Estimated
Material Costs are only estimated.

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.

Requirements

  • to cope with the demands of this course you will need to show evidence of academic skills such as completion of Year 12 or relevant industry experience
  • we look forward to welcoming you to Horticultural study at Melbourne Polytechnic

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.

All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrollment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.

You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 03 9269 8400