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Bachelor of Horticulture

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Bachelor of Horticulture

Associate Degree in Horticulture (Production) [exit point only]

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CSU's Bachelor of Horticulture aims to develop graduates who are multi-skilled professionals capable of fulfilling a range of management and leadership roles.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Horticulture provides a professional qualification for students who are interested in working with the environment, landscape or production industries. You will gain a strong foundation in science, applied plant science, management, finance and communication throughout the horticulture supply chain, as well as benefit from strong connections with the horticultural industry.

    This course is offered by distance education, allowing you to balance your study with work, family and lifestyle commitments. You will learn using a range of online resources and communication tools, as well as through attending residential schools on campus for some subjects, and undertaking workplace learning in industry.

    Study through CSU Wangaratta

    The Certificate IV or Diploma of Production Horticulture at Goulburn Ovens TAFE (GOTAFE) provides a pathway to CSU's Bachelor of Horticulture. Graduates of these TAFE qualifications will receive credit towards their CSU degree. Students in North East Victoria who are undertaking the Bachelor of Horticulture are able to complete some subjects by supported distance education. Support for each subject usually includes recorded lectures, a range of documents and resource, online meetings, interactive video teaching, face-to-face tutorials or field exercises at Wangaratta. The rest of the course will be completed by distance education using a range of online study resources and communication tools, and may include some residential schools at CSU's Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses.

  • Career opportunities

    Horticulture covers a wide range of industries and activities that are increasingly important to Australia and the world.

    As a graduate of CSU's Bachelor of Horticulture, you could work in:

    • production, post-harvest and marketing of horticultural products
    • management servicing corporate horticulture
    • service and advisory businesses
    • horticultural marketing
    • family agribusiness
    • design, construction and management of landscapes for councils, corporations, public spaces or domestic properties
    • plant propagation
    • nursery production.
  • Credit and pathways

    The Bachelor of Horticulture is well suited to TAFE graduates who wish to upgrade their existing qualifications and to those in, or wishing to enter, these exciting industries. Arrangements are in place to assist with this articulation and are updated on a regular basis.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Standard CSU Credit Regulations apply.

    The following provisions for Credit from TAFE courses apply:

    • Certificate 3: Up to 8 points
    • Certificate 4: Up to 32 points
    • Diploma: Up to 64 points
    • Advanced Diploma: Up to 96 points

  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    AHT274 Industry Practice

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course of 192 credit points (CR) composed as follows:

    Eight School core subjects

    AGB110 Agricultural Economics (8CR)
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing (8CR)
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture (8CR)
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling (8CR)
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture (8CR)
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management (8CR)
    AHT274 Industry Practice (8CR) OR SCI301 International Practical Experience (8CR)
    PSC104 Soil Science (8CR)

    Fourteen Course core subjects

    AGR220 Extension (8CR)
    AGR237 Property Planning and Development (8CR)
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (8CR)
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals (8CR)
    IRR200 Principles of Irrigation (8CR)
    HRT301 Plant Propagation (8CR)
    HRT307 Flower Crop Management (8CR)
    HRT308 Temperate Fruit and Nut Crop Management (8CR)
    PSC102 Botany (8CR)
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management (8CR)
    PSC215 Plant Physiology (8CR)
    PSC371 Plant Pathology (8CR)
    PSC415 Soil Management (8CR)
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology (8CR)

    Two Restricted Electives

    Restricted electives can be chosen from any level 2 or above subjects with codes AGB, AGR, AGS, AHT, ASC, PSC, IRR, VIT or HRT as well as SCI301 International Practical Experience (when appropriate). Other codes may be allowed if appropriate rationale is provided and accepted by the Courses Director. Students should also consider FDS305 – Quality Assurance.

    Enrolment pattern

    Enrolment Pattern for the Bachelor of Horticulture (by Distance Education study mode only)

    Year 1
    Session 1
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture (8CR)
    PSC102 Botany (8CR)

    Session 2
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling (8CR)
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology (8CR)

    Year 2
    Session 3

    AGB110 Agricultural Economics (8CR)
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals (8CR)

    Session 4
    IRR 200 Principles of Irrigation (8CR)
    PSC104 Soil Science (8CR)

    Year 3
    Session 5

    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management  (8CR)
    PSC215 Plant Physiology (8CR)

    Session 6
    AGR202 Food Environment and Culture (8CR)
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences (8CR)

    Year 4
    Session 7

    AGR220 Extension (8CR)
    AGR237 Property Planning and Development (8CR)

    Session 8
    PSC371 Plant Pathology (8CR)
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management (8CR)

    Students can exit at the end of Session 8 and will be granted an Associate Degree in Horticulture

    Year 5
    Session 9

    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing (8CR)
    PSC415 Soil Management (8CR)

    Session 10
    HRT301 Plant Propagation  (8CR)
    [ ] Restricted Elective (8CR)

    Year 6
    Session 11

    AHT274 Industry Practice (8CR) OR
    SCI301 International Practical Experience (8CR)
    HRT307 Flower Crop Management (8CR)

    Session 12
    HRT308 Temperate Fruit and Nut Crop Management (8CR)
    [ ] Restricted Elective (8CR)

  • Residential schools

    Students may need to attend residential school sessions on Orange Campus, although some may be held at Wagga Wagga Campus. Regular field trips are made to rural businesses. Orange Campus has well established facilities for horticultural education including plant propagation and glass houses within a horticulture centre. Orange is located in close proximity to major fruit, vegetable, nut, flower and grape industries.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    AGR220 Extension
    PSC415 Soil Management
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    PSC102 Botany
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    AGR202 Food Environment and Culture
    PSC215 Plant Physiology
    IRR200 Principles of Irrigation
    PSC104 Soil Science
    HRT308 Temperate Fruit and Nut Crop Management
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
    HRT301 Plant Propagation
    HRT307 Flower Crop Management

  • Admission information

    To be admitted into the Bachelor of Horticulture, students must demonstrate one or more of the following:

    • TAFE: Certificate IV or higher is the minimum requirement
    • a combination of professional experience (minimum 3 years), incomplete tertiary studies and vocational studies to the satisfaction of the Courses Director.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationOrangeFPOSYYNJTOH
    DirectDistance EducationOrangeCGSYYNESBH
    DirectDistance EducationWangarattaCGSYNNESHW

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Horticulture, students must complete all common core subjects and restricted electives, making a total of 192 points.

    In order to exit from the Bachelor course with the Associate Degree in Horticulture, students must complete relevant common core subjects and restricted electives, making a total of 128 points.

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  • About the School
    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS026 - Developing Skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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