The Diploma in Animal Production takes your knowledge and ability in rearing livestock to the next level.


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

A total of 120 ECTS credits must be completed.


Key Info

Duration: 6 months*


Start: Anytime


  1. High school certificate; or
    2. A relevant industry apprenticeship qualification; or
    3. Over 21 with proven and relevant experience.


Program Structure

This can be achieved by completing the Certificate in Animal Production (60 ECTS) and doing the following 6 modules:

Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Hover over a module title to find out more 

BAG203 Animal Behaviour

Learn about animal psychology: conditioning, innate behaviour and survival. A foundation for working with pets, livestock or wildlife -or managing your own animals.

BAG301 Animal Breeding

Animal breeding can be anything from a serious hobby or part time business (eg. breeding and selling pets), through to a very serious and possibly highly sophisticated profession. This module allows you to enter at the necessary level.

BAG224 Animal Welfare

This module was developed in response to industry demand.

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.

Research Project II

Learn to plan and conduct research into the current status of an aspect of an industry relating to their area of study, and to complete a descriptive report based on that research.

Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Select one module from the list below:

BAG205 Dairy Cattle

Learn theory and practice of dairying for better farm management, career development or employment in the dairy industry, on or off farm.

BAG206 Beef Cattle

This module teaches the key principles of intensive and extensive beef cattle production systems, herd management, breeding, nutrition and health and disease management.

BAG207 Calf Rearing

Learn to raise calves for dairy or beef farming. This module will help you build a practical and theoretical understanding of the industry.


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 begin on your Advance Diploma.

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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