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Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

2 years full time (part-time study options available)
Burnley campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Semester 1 entry
VTAC code: 3800146131
International VTAC code: 3800146133
Course CRICOS code: 024759K

Learn essential skills in horticulture and green infrastructure at the traditional home of horticulture in Australia.

Create resilient, healthy and diverse urban environments
The Associate Degree in Urban  Horticulture allows you to study plants in urban landscape environments, with a focus on issues of design, planning, implementation and management to support the health and wellbeing of the community and the creation of the liveable cities of the future.

Learn from the best
Our teaching staff have strong links with industry and many are research leaders. The Burnley campus is based on nine hectares of ornamental heritage gardens. You will have access to a green roof and wall demonstration centre, landscape construction areas, a pruning garden and experimental plots, a unique collection of indigenous and exotic plants, container and field nurseries, a horticulture library, research areas, training gardens for design and maintenance, and thousands of plant specimens.

Tap into our networks
With 150 years of history, Burnley has an extensive and successful alumni network, which provides unrivalled employment and mentoring opportunities for you. Diverse experiences such as field trips to historic and contemporary gardens, production nurseries and urban landscapes are incorporated into the course. The industry internship subject will kick-start your career by allowing you to develop your professional network and apply your new knowledge.

Key features

  • You can articulate from the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture to the Bachelor of Environments at Melbourne. To be eligible, you will require a minimum average grade over the two years of the Associate Degree of 75%. A minimum of 50 points and a maximum of 150 points of credit may be granted towards the Bachelor of Environments if you complete a major in Landscape Management. Graduates can also apply for the Master of Urban Horticulture.
  • The gardens at Burnley have been nurtured for 150 years. Set in nine hectares of beautiful, heritage-listed gardens, Burnley is only 7 km from Melbourne’s CBD.
  • Lecturers at Burnley are leading green infrastructure research to help reduce energy consumption in heating and cooling, absorb rainwater, create wildlife habitats and lower urban air temperatures.

Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)

In this program, your study will focus on the following area:

Entry requirements for the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

Clearly-in Rank 2016
62.85 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2016
54.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more