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Study options for students interested in careers in agriculture

BOSTES provides opportunities for elective study of agriculture and related disciplines.

In Stage 5 students interested in agriculture can study:

In Stage 6 students interested in agriculture or primary industries may study the following courses toward the award of the HSC.

VET (Board Developed) – AQF VET qualifications

VET (Board Endorsed) – AQF VET qualifications

Selecting courses to study for the HSC

Students are required to study a minimum of 12 units in Preliminary (Year 11) and a minimum of 10 units in HSC (Year 12).

Further advice on choosing HSC courses and details of HSC requirements can be found on the Assessment, Certification and Examination (ACE) website and on Students Online.

Study options for vocational careers in agriculture

The study of the following Year 11 and 12 HSC Courses will better prepare students for vocational careers.

Recommended courses

English

  • English Studies
  • English Standard
  • English Advanced

Mathematics

  • Mathematics General 1 or 2
  • Mathematics

Technology

  • Agriculture

VET (Board Developed)

  • Primary industries

Suggested courses

Select additional units of study from the following HSC courses:

Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Senior Science

Technology

  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Industrial Technology
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Marine Studies (Content Endorsed Course)

VET (Board endorsed)

  • Agricultural Mechanical Technology
  • Animal Studies
  • Aquaculture
  • Equine Studies
  • Farriery
  • Forest Industry (Growing and Management)
  • Forest Industry (Sawmilling and Processing)
  • Landscape Construction
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Wool Clip Preparation

Study options for professional careers in agriculture

The study of the following Year 11 and 12 HSC will better prepare students for further study at tertiary level.

Recommended courses

English

  • English Standard
  • English Advanced
  • English Advanced and English Extension Courses

Mathematics

  • Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2

Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics

Technology

  • Agriculture

VET (Board Developed)

  • Primary Industries

Suggested courses

Select additional units of study from the following HSC courses:

HSIE

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography

Technology

  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Industrial Technology
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Software Design and Development

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

Students have the opportunity to complete a traineeship or the equivalent of the first year of an apprenticeship through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBA/T) as part of their HSC. Students may begin as early as Year 10.

SBA/Ts combine paid part-time work, training and school. Qualifications are available across a range of rural industry sectors and may contribute towards the student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Careers advice

Career opportunities exist in a range of agricultural and related industries including but not limited to aquaculture and commercial fishing, dairy cattle farming, forestry and logging, grain farming, horticulture and fruit growing, poultry farming, sheep and beef cattle farming and other livestock farming.

Further advice on tertiary study, training institutions and careers in agriculture and related disciplines can be found at the following links:

Australian Universities

Career Harvest

Careers Advisory Centre

Department of Industry – Training Services NSW

Good Universities Guide

Growing Careers

My Future

SkillsOne

Smart and Skilled

Study Select

TAFE NSW

University Admissions Centre

Other careers resources

Rural Studies Bullseye Chart

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