La Trobe University

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July) 2018
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

This is one of the only agriculture degrees in Australia with a vocational focus. You'll develop knowledge of the science, business and environmental aspects of agriculture, alongside a major in your chosen field: agribusiness, crop and pasture agronomy, viticulture and winemaking, or aquaculture.

Your studies will prepare you to take on a variety of roles in agriculture including working as an agronomist, agri-business manager, aquaculture producer, winemaker or vineyard manager.

You'll study through 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.

We work closely with industry professionals to make sure our course content is current and relevant. You'll 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 course is delivered in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic at Epping. For more information please visit the Melbourne Polytechnic website.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Successful completion of a Certificate IV OR higher qualification in any discipline OR at least 2 years of high level management or relevant industry experience OR a combination of qualifications and industry experience. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview. Details will be provided by mail or telephone to applicants required to attend an interview. All applicants are required to submit a VTAC Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include details of industry or management experience, reasons for studying Agriculture, previous related experience and previous qualifications.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

You'll be ready to take on a variety of roles in agriculture including working as an agronomist, agri-business manager, aquaculture producer, winemaker or vineyard manager.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

You'll need to purchase textbooks and notes. Book lists will be available upon enrolment.

See Student Handbook for more details

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