Advanced Certificate in Botany

A comprehensive and advanced course of study in botanical science. Understand the chemistry, anatomy and physiology of plants as a foundation to work in plant sciences, as a botanist, researcher, horticultural scientist or plant entrepreneur.

Course CodeVSC034
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Begin Your Journey to Becoming a Plant Expert

Besides the obvious beauty of many plants there is an awful lot more to these wonderful organisms. They are incredibly complex. For instance plants produce food for themselves from sunlight and carbon dioxide. They can cool themselves on hot days by drawing up moisture from the soil and releasing it through leaf pores. They also have complex relationships with fungi in the soil which serve as a conduit connecting root systems.

The reproductive systems are plants are also a thing of wonderment. Some plants have bisexual flowers, some have only male or female flowers. Plants also contain a divers range of chemicals some of which are toxic to humans and other animals, and some of which are of great value.

Study this fascinating course to learn about plant physiology and biology, chemical reactions in plants, and the anatomy of plants.

Learn how important plants are to human life and global sustainability.

Plants are very important to more industries than what most people imagine; from pharmaceuticals to pollution control and construction to tourism.

Through this study program, you learn to understand plants, and grow your awareness of how and where that knowledge may be applied in business for commercial and social benefits in the modern world.



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Botany.
 Biochemistry I (Plants) BSC102
 Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
 Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
 Botany II (Plant Growth and Development) BSC204
 Genetics BSC207
 Plant Pathology BHT206
 Biochemistry III (Plant Processes) BSC302
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Horticultural Research I BHT118
 Workshop I BGN103
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 31 modules.
 Australian Native Trees VHT115
 Australian Natives I BHT113
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Propagation I BHT108
 Australian Natives II BHT225
 Climate Science SPECIAL OFFER BSC208
 Cut Flower Production BHT221
 Cutting Propagation BHT211
 Deciduous Trees BHT244
 Fruit Production - Temperate Climate BHT218
 Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
 Horticultural Research II BHT241
 Microbiology BSC209
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Plant Breeding BHT236
 Tropical Plants BHT234
 Viticulture BHT220
 Weed Control BHT209
 Workshop II BGN203
 Agronomy BAG306
 Aquaponic Production BHT319
 Berry Production BHT309
 Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
 Environmental Assessment BEN301
 Environmental Chemistry BSC306
 Organic Plant Culture BHT302
 Plant Ecology BSC305
 Statistics BSC304
 Technical Writing (Advanced) BWR301
 Tissue Culture BHT306

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Botany is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


In the past, people who worked with plant science were commonly classically trained at university as a botanist or environmental scientist.

The world is not what it used to be though, and it is changing faster than ever. It will continue to change, and for sustained success through your working life, you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so you see and adapt to change, as it continues to happen.

How You Learn

This course is very practical, experiential learning. By encountering what you learn in a variety of different contexts, your learning is reinforced as you progress through your studies: and that means it becomes embedded in your longer term memory, and is less likely to be forgotten than what might be learned in shorter knowledge or competency based courses.

This course establishes sound practical skills and knowledge about working with plants; but more importantly, also fosters your awareness of the real world, and where a knowledge of plant science can be applied commercially. It fosters your networking with the scientific and business communities, and raises your awareness of how what you learn can be applied in industry for business opportunity as well as social and environmental benefits.

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