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Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture

Code: HEUGCAG

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Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

July

The Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture is a 6-month program developed to get you career-ready for the agriculture industry.

You will learn the impacts of food production in our changing world, the management and control of agricultural pests, integrated crop management and business management in a rural context.

When completed, you will be qualified to move into an agricultural career path in the agricultural retail sector, agricultural business sector, on-farm production, seed quality production and horticulture production. The Australian Government estimates approximately 10,500 job openings per year for farmers and farm managers over 2017-2024.

Career Pathways

Where will the Undergraduate Certificate in Agriculture take me?

  • Project Manager
  • Station Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Technical Agronomist
  • Pasture Agronomist
  • Soil Agronomist
  • Technical Sales Agronomist
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Territory Manager
  • Commodity Trader
  • Grain Quality Officer
  • Master Grower
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Agricultural Educator
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Agronomist
  • Farmer
  • Agribusiness Owner/Operator
  • Rural Business Manager

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this certificate, you will be eligible for entry to our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Agronomy).

Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

This program has responded to the COVID-19 restrictions by modifying its delivery to a blended model supporting remote learning. For the immediate term, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures and tutorials offered online or face-to-face.

A collaborative learning environment is created through the requirement of students to attend synchronous online sessions at the normal class times. These sessions are run through Moodle, our online learning management system, and conferencing software called Zoom.

  • Face-to-face
  • Flexible

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations, exams and assignments.

Units of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
ALM110 Agronomy 1 Elective This subject explores the practice of agronomy as an interdisciplinary study that underpins sustainable agricultural plant production practices. 1 1
BAT101 Agricultural Systems and Technology Elective This subject introduces traditional and modern farming systems, Australian agricultural enterprises, markets, and agricultural technologies. Knowledge of the key concepts of farming systems and how they elate to climate, concepts of composition and landscapes will be covered. Agricultural practical skills that are based on generic examples, as well as being enterprise specific, will be examined and the safe operation of agricultural equipment will be acquired through practical classes. 1 1
BVW213 Rural Business Management Elective This subject develops the student’s knowledge of financial requirements and marketing principles as applied to rural enterprises. 1 2
BAT102 Food Production in a Changing World Elective This subject is designed to give participants a strong appreciation for human food production and its challenges from both Australian and global perspectives. The subject will examine the evolution of food production and factors driving change, such as global population dynamics. Advances in knowledge and technology and globalization of markets will be examined, as will concepts such as food security, climate change, and agro-ecosystem resilience. 1 2
ALM212 Animal Management and Nutrition Elective This subject examines management systems for farm animals and the principal activities involved in their management throughout the production cycle. 2
BAT201 Pestilence and Plague – Integrated Pest Management Elective Research and development in the plant protection. Ethical, environmental and sociological aspects, control techniques such as genetic engineering and beneficial organisms. Identification and assessment of disease and pest infestations. Develop sustainable pest management will involve ecological principles, life and disease cycles, environmental conditions, integrating management techniques. 2 2
BAT303 Integrated Crop Management Elective In this project-based subject students will draw together acquired knowledge and further research on a broad range of relevant topics, into a whole-of-system, integrated production management plan for a selected agricultural system. 3 3

Fees & Costs

Per year $
Per semester $9750
Per year $27636
Per semester $13818

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. 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.

Requirements

Academic:
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent, to include mathematics, and one of either chemistry or biology, OR
  • Satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
  • Mature age applicants (21 years of age or over) with relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Supporting document to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references

Higher Education Admissions Criteria

As well as the specific entry requirements above, Melbourne Polytechnic admits students on the basis of the following categories:

If you have already studied higher education: Y ou may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.

If you have studied a VET course: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.

If you have recent secondary education: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.

If you have work and life experience: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

Read more about higher education admissions criteria.

Academic:
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent, to include mathematics, and one of either chemistry or biology, OR
  • Satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
  • Mature age applicants (21 years of age or over) with relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Supporting document to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references
English:

Academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no individual band below 5.5, or Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Applicants are required to provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in the Agriculture industry (voluntarily, informally, or as employment) and how this course will align with personal career goals.

Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

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