Entry Requirements

The first year of this course is currently available full-time on campus only.

Applicants must have completed at least one complete year (preferably two years) of industry placement after their secondary school education.

Marcus Oldham maintains a flexible policy in relation to entrance criteria and judges each applicant on their individual merits. Ideally, applicants will:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by day 1 of the academic year (generally the beginning of February)
  • Have successfully completed secondary education (mature age applicants accepted on merit)
  • Have completed at least 12 months in an industry placement following secondary school
  • Have a strong desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industries

All applicants are required to have a VCE or equivalent qualification. Applicants that have not completed VCE or equivalent will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience.

The requirement for pre-entry experience is subjective based on the applicant’s circumstances. In some cases, it will be acceptable for an applicant to have completed their pre-entry experience on their home property. The preferred situation is that all applicants have had significant exposure to two or more farming systems, one of which may be the home property.

For direct entry into either the second, third or fourth year of the program, applicants will need to contact the Director of Agriculture to discuss eligibility for advanced standing. If advanced standing is to be granted for all or any part of a year of study, there may still be a requirement to satisfactorily complete either one or more selected units or specifically designed bridging units.

The course entry criteria for international students requires some additional processes.  See further details about entry requirements for international students.

All applications for undergraduate study are assessed using the same ranking scale based on a combination of academic results, work experience, and an interview. The Marcus Oldham ranking score for all undergraduate courses is based on the following:

Secondary Education results or Higher Education study qualification 0 to 25
Post School years of experience 0 to 25
Personal interview assessment of Maturity, Motivation/Interest, Industry Knowledge, General Impression of willingness to succeed at study. 0 to 50
TOTAL ranking score is out of – 100

 

Appeals regarding enrolment decisions can be made via the academic appeals process, as outlined in this document.

To assist applicants to compare Marcus Oldham with other Australian Universities and Higher Education providers, the table below shows the numbers enrolled for each standardised category. Marcus Oldham does not offer places based solely on ATAR, Higher Education Study or VET. Because of this, all enrolments are considered to be in category (C) or (D).

 

 

Student profile: Marcus Oldham College All Undergraduate Courses   AGRICULTURE
(incl
Farm Business Management)
Applicant background Full year intake 2018   Full year intake 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students   Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
38 44% 22 73.3%
(D) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

N/A N/A N/A N/A
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 48 55% 8 26.7%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR) N/A N/A N/A N/A
International students <5 <5% 0 0
All students 87 100.0%   30 100.0%
Notes:        “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category

 

 

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Here's some frequently asked questions

In the 2nd year of the Agriculture program, the student is engaged in full-time employment with an approved employer. The negotiation of salary and conditions is between the employer and the student. All other practical/industry placements that range between two weeks and ten weeks for the various programs are usually without payment although some employers will make a nominal payment. Quite often these placements provide an opportunity for future employment.

FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth government program available to Australian residents for any of the Marcus programs. There are a limited number of eligibility rules and you should refer to the government FEE-HELP website for current eligibility. Generally, FEE-HELP is not available to student visa holders.

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