The La Trobe Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology is one of the only agriculture degrees in Australia with a vocational focus. The course develops knowledge of the science, business and environmental aspects of agriculture, alongside a major in a chosen field: agribusiness, crop and pasture agronomy, viticulture and winemaking, or aquaculture.
We work closely with industry professionals to make sure our course content is current and relevant. Participants will have the opportunity to complete work placements with our partner organisations including Environmental Earth Sciences, Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association, Ecovinia International and individual wineries such as Plunketts.
This bachelors degree prepares you to take on a variety of roles in agriculture including agronomist, agri-business manager, aquaculture producer, winemaker or vineyard manager.
Units Of Study:
- This degree is delivered in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic.
- The course consists of a combination of online lectures and tutorials, field studies, lab work and practical placements at various Melbourne Polytechnic campuses.
- The Epping campus is equipped with energy efficient laboratories and facilities to study fish and algae, while Ararat has 28 hectares of vineyards.
- Farms at Yan Yean and Northern Lodge, 12 kilometres North of Epping, are used for applied research and practical experience.
- In first year you'll take core subjects covering agricultural systems and technology, rural business management, and food production. You'll also choose electives such as international wine styles, biology of fish, animal anatomy and physiology, and agrieconomics.
- In second and third year you'll take on specialised study in your chosen major as well as participate in an industry placement program. You'll also develop an understanding of the effects of factors such as climate change, biotechnology and a growing population.
Eligibility Criteria :
- VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
- Applicants will selected by ATAR.
- Non-Year 12 students may be required to attend an interview. Details will be provided by mail or telephone to applicants required to attend an interview.