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 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.
  • 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 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

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   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
(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% 5 20.0%
(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% 20 80.0%
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%   25 100.0%
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
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.

There are no subject pre-requisites for entry into the Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management. You are required to meet the entry requirements and be interviewed before an offer will be made.

If you’re unsure, click here to book a call to discuss entry into the Advanced Diploma of Equine Management.

Marcus Oldham College is spread across 500 acres on the outskirts of Geelong, near the Great Ocean Road and just one-hour from Melbourne.

For the Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management course there are extensive facilities that include but are not limited to:

  • Private indoor arena with 24 hour access for students
  • Outdoor sand arena
  • Undercover round yard
  • Two stables
  • Hot and cold wash-bays
  • College float
  • Horse crushes
  • Large paddocks

You can view some of the facilities on our virtual tour by clicking here.

Yes, however applicants that have not completed Year 12 or equivalent qualification will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience during their application and interview.

We encourage you to speak with the course director by submitting an enquiry here.

Students from 2023 onwards are required to have 12 months employment experience between completing year 12 or equivalent and enrolling in the course

If you are in Year 12 currently and want to study in 2026, you can apply after you receive your year 12 results as long as you plan to have a year out in industry. Each applicant will be interviewed and their application assessed using a ranking scale based on a combination of academic results, work experience and the interview. A provisional offer may be made dependant on the successful completion of year 12, the submission of results and your plans for your year of industry experience.

If you would like to discuss entry into the Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management or anything about the course, please book a call here.

You can apply for entry into the 2025 Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management now.

Places are in the course are limited and those who apply after all the spots have been filled will be put on a wait list in the event a place opens up.

We encourage students to apply as soon as possible if they intend to study so they do not miss out on a place in the course or the on-campus accommodation.

You can apply online here.

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.

FEE-HELP is only available for tuition fees. The election as to what portion of the tuition fees a student wishes to place on FEE-HELP must be made prior to the Census Date for each period.

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.

Students should allow for their social costs, phone and computer or tablet devices, fuel for their car and membership of the student body. The amount of these costs will vary between students and how they conduct themselves. Being part of student life is one of the great features of coming to Marcus. Students should allow for some expenditure in this area.

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