The Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Science is part of the pathway to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, specialising in Agricultural Science. How do we tackle issues of food security, health and nutrition, rapidly growing population and urbanisation?


A total of 180 ECTS credits must be completed.


Key Info

Duration: 6 months*

Start: Anytime

Prerequisites: Diploma or equivalent


Program Structure

This can be achieved by completing the Certificate in Agricultural Science (60 ECTS) and the Diploma in Agricultural Science (60 ECTS) PLUS the following 6 modules:

Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Hover over a module title to find out more 

BHT112 Soil and Water Chemistry

A comprehensive introduction to crop-growing which covers areas such as different types of crop systems, establishing and nurturing crops, and techniques used in traditional and organic growing systems.

BAG215 Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainability in agriculture is not just a trendy phrase. It is no longer sufficient to just be productive and the cost of production is no longer just thought of in terms of money. The environmental resources of a farm as well as the financial must not deteriorate if a farm is to continue to exist into the future. This module looks at how you can improve farm sustainability while increasing your prospects of working in the industry.

BSC207 Genetics

Genetics is the future in horticulture, agriculture, health science and environmental management. Learn about cellular function, traits, characteristics and heritability and how this knowledge can help change the future.

BSC208 Climate Science

Learn about the climate to better understand weather conditions and patterns. This is a must-do module for farmers, environmentalists, land managers, and it acts as a foundation for work in meteorology, and other physical sciences.

Research Project III

Develop innovative approaches to workplace activities through systematic research in an industry relating to their stream studies. Apply and build on skills and competencies gained throughout previously studied modules developing initiative and innovation.

Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Select one module from the list below:

BSS301 Food Technology

An advanced module focusing on disease classification, causes and diagnosis of disease, fever and immunity, tissue repair, inflammation and cell changes.

BAG201 Animal Health II

Learn to raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for commercial production or self-sufficiency.


How will I learn

The program is conducted entirely online. You can begin ANYTIME. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email with an access code for our online learning system within 48 hours. You may be required to do an orientation course in academic writing (non-examinable) beforehand.

Modules are split into readings, set task activities, and assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to sit for an examination and/or submit a project.


Learning Support

You will get unlimited email support throughout the program, on every module/course. Feedback is provided for every assignment that is sent in. In some instances, telephone support can also be arranged.


When you achieve this qualification, you can move towards completing your BSc in Agriculture.


Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing. 


Time varies depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload. Accreditation for Prior Learning or Experience (APEL) can reduce time and fees. Part of a degree pathway.


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