Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 3:18 PM on Wed, 26 May

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International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
32 weeks part-time
1 year part-time
Location
Online
Online
Start date
January, April, July, August
April, June, August
Course code
1008430
Course abbreviation
GradCertOrgNut
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Grow your knowledge of sustainable food production and holistic health with the Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition. This course will enhance your understanding of organic food systems and the relationship of organics to nutrition. It will develop your knowledge, skills and practice in organic farming, sustainable and ethical food systems as well as the produce journey, and the connection of organic food with health. You will develop skills in critically evaluating scientific evidence, debate ethical and legal standards in organic food production, and discuss the roles that plants and animals play in human and soil health.

The Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition will demonstrate to employers, clients and colleagues your abilities across the scope of practice relating to organic principles and food production for holistic health and wellbeing. As a graduate, you will be equipped with innovative knowledge to help meet growing consumer demands for quality support to achieve their wellness aspirations.

This qualification also provides a pathway for further study at a Masters or Doctoral level.

Grow your knowledge of sustainable food production and holistic health with the Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition. This course will enhance your understanding of organic food systems and the relationship of organics to nutrition. It will develop your knowledge, skills and practice in organic farming, sustainable and ethical food systems as well as the produce journey, and the connection of organic food with health. You will develop skills in critically evaluating scientific evidence, debate ethical and legal standards in organic food production, and discuss the roles that plants and animals play in human and soil health.

The Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition will demonstrate to employers, clients and colleagues your abilities across the scope of practice relating to organic principles and food production for holistic health and wellbeing. As a graduate, you will be equipped with innovative knowledge to help meet growing consumer demands for quality support to achieve their wellness aspirations.

This qualification also provides a pathway for further study at a Masters or Doctoral level.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

The course offers a holistic approach to studying organic food systems and the relationship of organics to nutrition.

You will explore the principles of organic food production and getting organic produce from the farm to the table; investigate the health and medicinal benefits of plants and animals as they relate to organic foods; and learn about the systems, laws and regulations of the organics food industry. You will have the opportunity to take a research-informed approach and develop your ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence in relation to organic food and nutrition.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
OnlineStudy Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5$14,000 ($3,500 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying online or outside of Australia

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Using evidence-based methods, demonstrate skills of scholarly investigation, critical analysis, and synthesis.

Practise creative and adaptive thinking to problem-solve challenges in a range of organic food and nutrition contexts.

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and the principles of social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Act with integrity, fairness and responsibility.

Integrate broad and multidisciplinary knowledge(s) in organic nutrition, food systems and pathways, and other food-health related studies.

Demonstrate a high level of autonomy, self-reflection and responsibility in self-directed work and learning.

Communicate ideas and concepts in a clear and balanced way.

Work collaboratively with other practitioners, clients or stakeholders.

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity, Indigenous Australian food systems, and the relationship between people, food and the environment.


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, case studies, online tasks, examinations and presentations.

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Some units provide the opportunity for field trips to experience organic farming principles in practice.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge from this qualification across a wide range of professions, including in organics food production, in health education and practice, and in policy at different levels of government.

The Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition also provides a pathway for further study at a Masters or Doctoral level.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points) comprising all four core units.


Course structure