Academic departments

Why study Agricultural Science?

Australian agriculture plays a key role in our global food supply. The challenges of a rapidly growing population, climate change, and the limitations of land and fresh water are having an impact on the ability of agriculture to meet the demand for food, fibre and fuel. To address this, Agricultural Science at The King’s School offers science-based courses, but focuses on the practical issues facing agriculture, producers, agribusiness and the management of the environment. Students develop knowledge and skills in major areas that underpin our modern agricultural industries and related disciplines. These skills include understanding and implementing new technologies that will be critical in assessing our competitive place in the global agricultural sector.

The course reflects our emphasis and commitment to new agriculture, providing students with a variety of course options that maximise their potential and influence their career paths.

What will I learn?

Agricultural Science is first offered as a Year 8 elective and remains as an elective through to Year 10. During this time, students study soil science, genetics, cropping and pasture systems, soil-plant interaction, animal anatomy and physiology, livestock production, agricultural economics, and agribusiness. Excursions to working farms, research facilities, and involvement with animals and farming are part of what the boys can expect from their involvement in Agricultural Science.

Course Structures

In addition to Agricultural Science coursework we provide Mandatory Technology which encompasses a 10 week course of introductory agricultural topics and an Agriculture Club, where boys prepare animals for hoof and hook competitions, and grow an array of vegetables and herbs in preparedness for the annual Harvest Dinner. We also offer the Primary Industries Course for Years 11-12.

Career Pathways

Our courses provide a strong foundation for the boys to consider a future career in areas such as Veterinary Science, Agronomy, Agricultural Science, Industry Management, Agriculture Economics/ Business, Viticulture, Stock and Station Agents, Property Evaluation.