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Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield

Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science

The Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science provides you with the technical skills and plant knowledge to grow your career to the next level, or catapult it from the ground up. Turn your love of all things green into a well regarded, sought after qualification for many sectors of the horticulture industry. This diverse, applied program that will serve you well in your horticulture-based career.

Specialised career options at your fingertips

Horticulture is playing an increasingly vital role in conserving our environment and maintaining flora for future generations. The course concentrates on developing your skills, in:

  • applied botany and plant physiology,
  • plant identification and selection,
  • soils and soil management,
  • sustainable horticulture,
  • heritage,
  • plant health,
  • technical skills in garden care and maintenance.

This Diploma consists of 15 units of competency, including 10 core subjects and 5 elective subjects.

Industry connections and resources

Industry-qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through all the scientific facets of the Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science. Modern facilities that use the latest technology and methods will ensure your future career is a success.

The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the peak industry body for the states horticultural industry. Students have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show.

Employment outcomes

This qualification will facilitate your entry into many areas of the horticulture industry. There is opportunity to make many meaningful connections and a work experience component of 100 hours is incorporated into this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


Assignments, reports, examps, demonstrations, questioning, practical work, and a folio.

Porduct SKU : 6440647

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First Instalment AUD3,125.00
Total duration 24 MONTH(S)

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First Instalment AUD3,125.00
Total duration 24 MONTH(S)
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Total number of students: 2190

Number of students - College: 5 - 25

Melbourne Polytechnic boasts some of the best training facilities in Australia. Many are designed to simulate real workplaces and provide services direct to the public or industry, from all of our campuses and training centres in Melbourne.

Formerly known as Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) we have a proud history that spans over 100 years delivering professional education programs in Melbourne, making us one of the most experienced providers of vocationally-oriented education courses in Australia. 

In 2014, we changed our name to Melbourne Polytechnic to encompass our two strengths in the educational sector:

  • providing higher education and vocational education, and
  • training to industry-focused students and professionals in Australia and from around the world.


  • Our international students come from over 70 different countries and study across six campuses and almost eighty courses.
  • We offer practical industry relevant training designed in consultation with leading practitioners.
  • We have outstanding student support, with free academic, financial, career and personal counselling, and free airport pick up.
  • Our onsite facilities offer leading edge technology and real life working conditions, like restaurants, salons and recording studios.
  • Every one of our qualifications is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
  • We are goverment funded and owned.
  • Winner of the Australian Governments Premiers Award for Excellence in International Education (in 2014, runner up in 2015).
  • We employ motivated, passionate teachers who have extensive experience in their field and links to industry.
  • To study in Melbourne, the worlds most liveable city.


  • Audio Editing and Recording Studios
  • Jewellery Making Workshop and Studios
  • Library
  • Yarra House Student Accomodation
  • Free Student Parking
  • Cafeteria
  • Free wifi

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Melbourne, Yarra Bend Road
Fairfield VIC 3078

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