Entry Requirements

This course is currently available full-time on campus only.

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

  • Be 18 years of age by day one of the academic year – generally the beginning of February
  • Have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent qualification – applicants that have not completed Year 12 or equivalent qualification will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience (mature age applicants accepted on merit)
  • Have a strong desire to pursue a career in the equine industry

Students are required to bring their own horse to College (lease horses available for students) and paddock agistment will be provided. Other costs such as associated equipment, supplementary feeding, farriery and veterinary costs throughout the duration of the course will be the responsibility of the student.

Students will be required to have basic experience of horse handling and riding for the equestrian elective. The expectation is for students to readily immerse themselves in the wide range of opportunities available to them at the College.

The criteria for international students requires some additional processes. Please see further details about 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   EQUINE 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
Marcus Oldham does not offer places based solely on HE study.
N/A N/A   N/A N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study
Marcus Oldham does not offer places based solely on VET study.
N/A N/A   N/A N/A
(C) Work and life experience
using the Marcus Oldham ranking &
left school more than 2 years ago.
38 44%   5 20.0%
(D) Recent secondary education:

using the Marcus Oldham ranking &
left school less than 2 years ago –  Marcus Oldham does not offer places based solely on ATAR.

48 55%   20 80.0%
International students <5 <5%   0 0
All students 87 100.0%   25 100.0%
Notes:        “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category



Equine Facilities

Want to bring your horse to Marcus Oldham? Our facilities are complete with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, stable complex, round yard and more.

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Here's some frequently asked questions

The postgraduate units are delivered online via a Learning Management System called D2L. Majority of the units are offered at each enrolment except for those with a workshop component (LDP605 and ARM503). You can individually tailor a study plan to include a combination of part-time and full-time study, and the flexibility to choose the order in which units are taken.

Full details on the courses and units offered can be found on the website. New students will be requested to complete the compulsory core units (CMI502 and ASA501) in the first four units of study, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master course.

The postgraduate program has several enrolment intakes that align with the Trimesters. The first round of enrolments occur in January, second round in May and third round in September (only for existing students). New students to the program who are enrolling for the first time can only enrol in the first or second round.

The enrolment process requires you to submit a copy of your curriculum vitae and certified transcript of results to the Director Postgraduate studies. To complete the eligibility process you will also need to answer some questions and do a brief phone interview.

Whilst eligibility for the postgraduate program is preferably a bachelor degree level, it is not mandatory to have previous study in agriculture or agribusiness. However, an understanding of Australian agriculture/ finance /business is beneficial.

Equine Management students are provided with paddock agistment with supplementary hay, for one horse. The additional costs associated with farriery, dentistry, veterinary and hard feed, are to be borne by the student. If a student cannot bring a horse, the College will lease a horse to the student for the year at a nominal rate. Equine students might also be able to seek reimbursement for some event entry costs by agreement with the course Director.

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