Entry Requirements

This course is available full-time on campus only.

Applicants must:

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 the start 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. Preferably two or more years.
  • Have a strong desire to pursue a career in the agricultural/agribusiness/equine industries

The process is an assessment of the following:

  • Past academic results
  • Years of industry experience following secondary school
  • An interview with the candidate

Past Academic Results

Candidates past academic results are to:

  • ensure that students have adequate prior knowledge and English language skills and mathematics to undertake the course of study
  • provide recognition for prior learning arrangements that are consistent with the Qualification Standards and preserve the integrity of the course of study in accordance with the Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Industry Experience (following secondary school)

All candidates must have a minimum of 12 months relevant industry experience post-secondary school. Higher regard will be given to candidates based on the length and depth of their industry experience.

Candidates wishing to study the Agricultural program would be expected to have experience in production agriculture and/or agribusiness.

Candidates wishing to study the Agribusiness program would be expected to have of experience in agriculture and/or agribusiness.

Candidates wishing to study the Equine Business program would be expected to have of experience in horses, agriculture and/or agribusiness.

Interview with the candidate

The most important criteria for selection is an interview with the candidate. Candidates must demonstrate:

  • Motivation and enthusiasm for learning
  • Commitment to a professional career in agricultural, agribusiness or the equine industry
  • Ability of meet the academic requirements of the courses
  • A base knowledge of agriculture systems
  • Emotional maturity and professionalism

For direct entry into either the second or third year of the program, applicants will need to contact the Director of Agriculture and Agribusiness 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.

For further information on the application process for entry into this program, please see the policy and procedure documents on our policy and procedure page.

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

Procedure for Selection and Admission into the Undergraduate Programs STU-120 and Student Grievance Resolution Procedure STU-123.

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:

Motivation and enthusiasm for learning 0 to 14
Commitment to a professional career in agricultural, agribusiness or the equine industry 0 to 14
Ability of meet the academic requirements of the courses 0 to 14
A base knowledge of agriculture systems 0 to 14
Emotional maturity and professionalism 0 to 14
Experience 0 to 15
School results 0 to 15
TOTAL ranking score is out of – 100


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
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)
(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)

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

Both 1st year and 2nd years of the course curriculum are underpinned by two major study tours, the first each year taking in many parts of Victoria, New South Wales or South Australia and the second at the end of August often internationally. International tours have in the past been conducted to New Zealand, China, Indonesia, and Singapore and Malaysia.

There are no subject pre-requisites for entry into the Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) program. You are required to meet the entry requirements and be interviewed before an offer will be made.

If you’re unsure, please call the student services office on 03 5247 2911 to discuss.

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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