Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

12 VCE Agriculture & Horticulture (12SAH1)

The Course

VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies is designed to develop students’ understanding of the operations and practices involved with sustainable agricultural and horticultural systems within an economic, social and environmental context. This study allows students to develop and apply theoretical knowledge and skills to real world business and practices. An understanding of agribusiness operations involves a broad familiarity with interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of technology, science, economics and business management, marketing, geography and information and communications technology (ICT). Students apply their acquired knowledge and skills to design, develop and manage an agricultural and/or horticultural business as a project within this study.

Unit 3 Topics

* Area of Study 1 Current management techniques

* Area of Study 2 New or emerging technology

* Area of Study 3 Business design

Unit 4 Topics

* Area of Study 1 Sustainability in agriculture and horticulture

* Area of Study 2 Resource management and maintenance

* Area of Study 3 Business plan implementation and evaluation


Learning and Assessment Activities

In VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies student's level of achievement will be determined by School-assessed Coursework and an end-of-year examination. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will report student's level of performance on each assessment component as a grade from A+ to E or UG (ungraded). To receive a study score, students must achieve two or more graded assessments and receive S for both Units 3 and 4. The study score is reported on a scale of 0 to 50; it is a measure of how well the student performed in relation to all others who took the study. Teachers should refer to the current VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook for details on graded assessment and calculation of the study score. Percentage contributions to the study score in VCE Agricultural and Horticultural Studies are as follows:

- Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework: 33 per cent

- Unit 4 School-assessed Coursework: 33 per cent

- End-of-year examination: 34 per cent.

These units lead to

University studies in Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary Science and Animal Sciences. TAFE courses in Agriculture and Horticulture

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Study design link

VCAA Study Design: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vce/agrihorculture/agrihorsd2011-2015.pdf