Diploma in Agriculture


Learn advanced agricultural practices; develop your career & business potential studying agricultural science, management and practice. A broader foundation diploma to suit students less certain about the farm sector they aim to work in.

Course CodeVAG020
Fee CodeDI
Duration (approx)2100 hours
QualificationDiploma


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Learn to be an Agriculture Professional

  • Farm Management
  • Farm Contracting
  • Services to Farmers
  • Agricultural equipment and supplies
  • Education, media, research


This diploma level course is designed for students who wish to extend their existing studies or knowledge of agriculture. Students are required to complete 21 units or modules of study.

The Research Projects allow students to focus their studies on a particular area of interest that is relevant to their particular situation. Projects provide an way for students to practice applied skills and show-case their knowledge through a completed presentation.

 

Core units concentrate on the fundamentals of soil and pasture management, water conservation and management, OHS, budgeting and marketing. Students can further focus their studies to suit their individual needs through the selection of elective modules.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Diploma in Agriculture.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Farm Management BAG104
 Research Project I BGN102
 Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
 Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
 Conservation and Environmental Management BEN201
 Pasture Management BAG212
 Research Project II BGN201
 Agricultural Marketing BAG304
 Water Conservation And Management BEN302
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 11 of the following 33 modules.
 Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
 Bookkeeping Foundations (Bookkeeping I) BBS103
 Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
 Carpentry BSS100
 Engineering I - Machinery and Equipment BSC105
 Horse Care 1 BAG102
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Animal Diseases BAG219
 Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201
 Aquaculture BAG211
 Beef Cattle BAG206
 Calf Rearing BAG207
 Dairy Cattle BAG205
 Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
 Equine Behaviour BAG216
 Goat Production BAG223
 Horse Care II BAG204
 Irrigation -Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
 Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Pigs BAG209
 Poultry BAG208
 Sheep BAG210
 Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
 Weed Control BHT209
 Agronomy BAG306
 Agronomy II -Grains BAG309
 Animal Breeding BAG301
 Aquaponic Production BHT319
 Breeding Horses BAG307
 Horse Care III BAG302
 Irrigation Management BAG303
 Organic Farming BAG305
 

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


PRACTICAL WORK

There are practical and research tasks interwoven throughout many of the modules, but the following in particular will ensure your studies have a very practical relevance to the agriculture industry today, and in your country.

Research Projects I and II: Two projects (2 x 100 hrs). These projects are designed to help students to develop the skills and knowledge required to plan, conduct and report on research topics relevant to the study of Agriculture. Students are guided through the process of determining research needs, searching for information, learning about research methodology, using statistics, conducting statistical research, preparing research reports and presenting the project.

Industry Project:
This project is based on applications in the work place. It aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have developed through their studies to a workplace situation.


Learn To Apply Today's Science, Management and Economics to Agriculture

Agriculture today is more sophisticated than ever before. Farming has moved beyond what it once was; and to work in this industry successfully (as a farmer or servicing farmers); you need to understand the application of modern technology and management practices in a world that operates according to universal economic laws.

A basic understanding of economics should be applied to farm planning in order to ensure financial viability is sustained.

LAW OF DEMAND
A fall in price usually causes an increase in demand, while a rise in price usually causes a decrease in demand. If a greater quantity of a good is put on the market  then other things being equal  it will be sold at a lower price.
Example: When there are more beef cattle available, competition reduces and prices drop. When beef cattle are scarce though; competition increases, and prices increase.

LAW OF SUBSTITUTION
Expenditure on different commodities is so distributed that the utilities obtained from the last unit of money spent in each form of consumption are equal.
The demand for luxuries is elastic and the demand for necessities is inelastic.
Example: If lamb becomes a lot cheaper than beef, people start buying and eating lamb more than beef; but when beef prices drop, they return to buying beef.

LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS
As extra resources are put into production the successive extra units produced decrease.
Example: Farmers can invest more time and money and see a bigger return from their property; but only up to a certain point. Eventually the cost of extra investment begins to become greater than the potential extra return. At that point, it is unprofitable to keep improving the farm.

LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY

The more of anything you consume, the less satisfaction is obtained and in some cases  the less of it you want.


WHY STUDY THIS COURSE

Agriculture may be an industry that has it's highs and lows, but it never disappears. So long as we need food and raw products to manufacture everything from clothing to pharmaceuticals; agriculture will remain an essential part of the global economy. This is an industry that will always offer opportunities to people who understand it.

This course offers you a uniquely different opportunity to other professional courses in agriculture. This is among other things, because you are able to select around 50% of the modules you study. This unique course structure enables every student to create a unique focus. You can learn a different combination of things to most others who take this course; and that means as a graduate, your knowledge mix will be unique, hence your understanding, awareness and perception of agriculture will be unique.

BEING DIFFERENT ENABLES YOU TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES OTHERS MAY MISS

  • Agriculture today is driven by knowledge, technology and being globally aware and connected
  • This course is longer and more involved than some diplomas; but you only learn more by studying more.
  • Success in agriculture today is very much dependent upon being able to do the job. Businesses succeed because farm or other agricultural business knows what to do and does it well. Holding a degree or diploma doesn't matter much at all, but what you learn from studying that diploma or degree does matter -more than ever.




Credentials

This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.
This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network
Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network

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Dr. Gareth Pearce

Veterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand
Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl has spent two decades working in agriculture, equine and education industries, across England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. She graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert. For several years, Cheryl managed the distance
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