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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Location

    Lismore, Online

  • Placement

    No  

  • Course abbreviation

    DipRegAg

  • Course code

    2125105

  • Credit points

    96

  • Equivalent units

    8

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Location

  • Placement

    No  

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Overview

Interested a career in agriculture where you can multiply your opportunities? The Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture combines foundation regenerative agriculture units and academic skills units with an option to specialise in soil management. The course is ideal for those already working in the industry who wish to upgrade their skills for work as a soil lab technician or for those with an interest in pursuing further study at the Bachelor level.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture will enable entry and up to eight units of credit towards the Southern Cross Bachelor of Science (Regenerative Agriculture).

The Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture is offered through SCU College, where we recognise our students may have different approaches to learning. We connect you to peers and nurture your success with additional workshops to develop your academic and study skills. 

Greg in field

“We had two or three residentials a year and that included farm visits. We visited a whole range of farms, from strawberry farms to cotton farms, beef enterprises, and horticulture. It gave us an opportunity to speak to real farmers who are putting into practice what we were learning.”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Exercise judgement to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined scientific and agricultural settings.

GA2: Creativity

Apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within defined contexts in the field of science and agriculture.

GA3: Ethical practice

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined scientific and agricultural contexts.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within defined contexts in the field of science and agriculture.

Exercise judgement to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined scientific and agricultural settings.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in defined scientific and agricultural contexts.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Apply academic knowledge and skills to communicate information, concepts, and solutions, individually and/or in a team within defined scientific and agricultural contexts.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined scientific and agricultural contexts.

Students have the option to complete a specialisation in soil management.

Location Teaching period
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

Career Outcomes

The Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture is a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) pathway course that equips students with foundational knowledge and skills in Regenerative Agriculture.

Graduates may find work as soil lab technicians or pursue further study in the Southern Cross Bachelor of Science (Regenerative Agriculture) for more career opportunities in the expanding specialist field of regenerative agriculture.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

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
Overall Score5.5
Reading5.0
Writing5.5
Listening5.0
Speaking5.0

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture, students must complete 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

  • 8 core units (96 credit points); or
  • 1 specialisation in Soil Management (96 credit points)

Other things to consider

The Early Offer program allows Year 12 students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University undergraduate degree before Year 12 results are released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on Year 12 results.

Learn more

There are different pathways into an undergraduate degree.

Whether you are returning to study after some time or you have just finished school and you need some extra academic preparation before embarking on a degree, Southern Cross University offers two excellent, fee-free academic preparation programs that develop the skills you need to be successful at university.

SCU College also offers a range of one-year Diplomas that provide extra academic support as you commence university. Diplomas are a great pathway to a degree and may also prepare you for diverse paraprofessional roles.

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Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the core College units in their first Term of study: EDUC1001 -  Language and Learning in your Discipline AND SCIN1001 -  Nature of Science.
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Term1
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
SCIN1001Nature of Science
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions.
CHEM1001Chemistry
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore Campus (Terms 2 and 4) or the National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour (Term 2 only). Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to https://www.scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
AGRC1003Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a compulsory Industry Tour for all students leaving from the Lismore Campus. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information.
SCIN1005Organisms and Environments
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
Term1,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Anti-requisitesSCIN1002 - Science in Society


Note 1:

This unit is only available Online.

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core units

EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001Nature of Science Note 1
CHEM1001Chemistry
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
AGRC1003Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
SCIN1005Organisms and Environments
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core units

EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001Nature of Science Note 1
AGRC1003Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
SOIL2001Soil Processes
SCIN1005Organisms and Environments
AGRC2004Soil Management
CHEM1001Chemistry
AGRC2006Regenerative Agricultural Practices

Why Science and Environment at SCU

Global top 350

We're ranked in the global top 350 in Agriculture and Forestry

(QS Rankings 2023)

5-star rating

We’re rated 5-stars for learning resources, student support and teaching quality

(Good Universities Guide 2023: Science and Mathematics)

Guaranteed entry with Diploma of Science

Guaranteed entry with Diploma of Science into our Bachelor of Science with a choice of specialisations

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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