The Advanced Diploma in Animal Production takes you beyond a working knowledge and allows you to build new skills ontop of your existing ones.


This Advanced Diploma program is part of the pathway to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, specialising in Animal Production.


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 

BAG219 Animal Diseases

This module will help you understand the principles of disease, diagnosis, and how to determine an appropriate course of action to help animals in need.

VAG100 Animal Health Care

This module helps you to understand animal health care and basic veterinarian procedures. The knowledge gained from this module can improve your employment prospects, form part of a career pathway towards becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse or Animal Technician, or simply to provide better health care to your non-human family or business enterprise members.

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.

BSC110 Cell Biology

Understanding the basics of cellular structure and division is essential for human health studies, animal care, and animal studies.

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:

BAG209 Pig Production

Develop the skills to successfully manage pigs/swine: for commercial production, self sufficiency, or as a hobby.  This module provides a substantial foundation in pig husbandry, biology and production; with an emphasis on learning all the requirements to manage the practical daily needs of pigs.

BAG102 Horse Care I

Learn about horse psychology and handling, evaluate conformation, understand the importance of dietary requirements to the horse, horses’ digestive systems and the principles of feeding and watering your horse

BBS301 Professional Practice for Consultants

Consultants are people with expertise in a particular area who offers advice to others. Usually, a consultant is employed on a temporary basis until a particular task has been completed. Consultants can represent a broad range of professions and industries. This module is a valuable guide to setting up and operating a consulting business in any profession. Experts are always in demand by business, government bodies, public organisations and private individuals.


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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