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Diploma in Agriculture

  • Qualification:

    Diploma

  • Study mode:

    Online
    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

You don't need a bachelor's degree to get qualified in agricultural management. Start your career in sustainable agriculture with the exciting Diploma in Agriculture from the University of New England (UNE).

With a flexible mix of online and on-campus units, this course gives you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge, build a specific skillset, and obtain a qualification in agriculture without having to commit to a full degree program.

If you have experience in agriculture and want to develop relevant professional skills, enhance your career prospects, and work for a sustainable and just agricultural system, this course is for you.

Graduates will also receive advanced standing for the Bachelor of Agriculture, allowing you to obtain a bachelor's degree if you choose to continue studying.

Eligibility

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a Certificate IV in Agriculture or equivalent qualification; OR
  • Have satisfied the school by means of other relevant qualifications or experience in an industry relevant to the coursework program, that the equivalent standard of the above has been achieved.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this agriculture course, the subjects you may study include:

Cotton production major:

  • Cotton and the environment
  • Cotton farm systems and technology transfer
  • Applied cotton production
  • Cotton crop protection
  • Agriculture in practice
  • Biology (I and II)
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Sustaining our rural environment (I and II)
  • Identification and adaptation of agricultural plants
  • Soil science

Precision agriculture major:

  • Agriculture in practice
  • Introduction to GIS and spatial thinking
  • Precision agriculture
  • Sustaining our rural environment (II)
  • Applied physics (I)
  • Identification and adaptation of agricultural plants
  • Animal production systems and products
  • Biology (II)
  • Earth surface systems
  • Remote sensing and surveying
  • Introduction to electronics
  • Soil science

Sustainable grains production major:

  • Identification and adaptation of agricultural plants
  • Cotton and the environment
  • Agronomy of grains production
  • Grain crop protection
  • Agriculture in practice
  • Biology (I and II)
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Sustaining our rural environment (I and II)
  • Cotton farm systems and technology transfer
  • Soil science

General agriculture major:

  • Agriculture in practice
  • Biology (I and II)
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Sustaining our rural environment (I and II)
  • Animal production systems and products
  • Animal structure and function
  • Introduction to breeding and genetics
  • Soil science
  • Animal function, health and welfare
  • Animal biosecurity
  • Applied animal nutrition
  • Poultry production
  • Poultry feed science and technology
  • Fundamentals of sheep and wool production
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma in Agriculture from the University of New England.

Graduates will be able to seek employment opportunities in specialised or general agriculture, and in technical and support roles in the sustainable agriculture industry.

Graduates will complete this course with advanced standing for the Bachelor of Agriculture, and have the opportunity to pursue further study.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Farm Manager
  • Crop Farmer
  • Livestock Farmer
  • Agricultural Technical Officer
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Resource Economist
  • Farmer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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