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Stage 5 Agriculture
Aims of the Course:
The study of Agriculture is concerned with the production of plants and animals to meet people’s needs, be it for food, clothing, shelter or pleasure. Students will develop practical skills in the growing of plants and tending of animals while learning about the management factors which affect production. The Agriculture course provides students with a sound basis for either:
- following a practical career in agriculture
- continuing agricultural studies in senior years
Content of the Course:
Throughout Years 9 and 10, students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of animal and plant agricultural activities. Some units of work will reflect the main enterprises carried out in the Bathurst district. Throughout the whole course, students are made aware of the need to consider the environment, and to develop sustainable agricultural practices.
Students electing Agriculture will be expected to participate in all practical activities. Because of the practical nature of the subject, solid footwear is required.
Subject Material Contribution:
$10 to meet costs of materials needed.
Head Teacher: S Fitzpatrick
Contact Teacher: S Behan
Stage 6 Agriculture
2 Units in each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course – Category A
Major Project: No
What will I be doing in this course?
The Agriculture course is designed to increase student understanding and capabilities in a continuum from the farm level through to the international markets in which agricultural commodities are traded.
Because it includes the study of a farm and agricultural product of particular interest to the student, the relevance of the course is enhanced.
The course is made up of four main components:
- Overview of Australian Agriculture
- The Farm Case Study
- Plant Production
- Animal Production
Students will complete one option topic from the following areas:
- Agri-food, Fibre and Fuel Technologies
- Climate Challenge
- Farming for the 21st Century
Agriculture Stage 6 is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding about the production and marketing of both animal and plant products.
Students should also develop the associated skills and responsible attitudes that are necessary to manage and market these products in a sustainable manner.
How will this course help me in the future?
The study of Agriculture Stage 6 provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills that form a valuable foundation for a range of courses at university and other tertiary institutions, including vet science, agricultural economics, agricultural marketing, rural science, agronomy, animal & plant research and food processing industries.
In addition, the study of Agriculture Stage 6 assists students to gain recognition in vocational education and training.