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Marcus Oldham College is Australia's leading farm and equine business management college with a national and international reputation for quality education. Being independent allows our courses to be developed in close consultation with industry and to incorporate new trends and technologies into the teaching program that ensures our curriculum is relevant to the needs of industry.

Our emphasis on business management provides skills that are readily transferable across a wide range of careers, resulting in highly employable graduates who are at the leading edge of their chosen fields.

Courses are delivered in small class sizes by lecturers who have extensive commercial experience and can relate theory to practice. The extensive use of national and international study tours provides training not available by classroom tuition. Prominent industry leaders are used throughout our courses to provide insight into a wide range of current industry issues. This holistic approach to our education programs ensures the development of the student.

Marcus Oldham College has been producing top level rural business managers for over 40 years.  Students come from all States of Australia and overseas.

The College is a one hour drive south of Melbourne and situated on 200 hectares close to Geelong City centre, Deakin University and the Great Ocean Road.

Most students who study full-time at Marcus Oldham College live on campus in student residences which is a great way to be involved in sporting and social activities, make long lasting friendships and form valuable networks with colleagues. Accommodation for students is in individual bed/study rooms with shared bathroom and laundry facilities.

For students studying for the Diploma of Horse Business Management there is a

65m x 23m indoor riding arena, outdoor menage, round yard, stable block and cross country course.



Marcus Oldham College offers premium courses in Farm Business Management.

Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management) - 4 years

Advanced Diploma of Farm Business Management - 3 years

This program has been specifically designed for people aiming for professional management positions in all aspects of the rural industry. Each course recognises that a manager of an agricultural business should possess appropriate business management skills and be well trained in all aspects of management production.

The structure of the course ensures students are no more than 12 months away from the workplace.

The first year of the program is spent at the College learning the principles of farm business management; this is followed by a year of industry experience on a property or rural business. The third year of study requires students to return to the College where they will learn to apply the analytical and the decision making skills required in managing a farm business.  Students successfully completing this year have the option to graduate with an Advanced Diploma of Farm Business Management.

The Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Management) may be obtained by successfully completing a further six units by external study on a full or part time basis. Students may commence the final year at any time.

The course produces graduates with skills in eight key areas:

Integrated Management Studies, Farm Business Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Information Management, Sustainable Resource Management, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Production Systems.

Bachelor of business (aGrIBUSINESS)

Agribusiness is the term given to the food and fibre industries. It includes all activities involved in the production, processing and distribution of food and fibre products. In an increasingly globalised world, people with agribusiness skills are in high demand. Given Australia's unique place within agricultural exports, a strong future exists for trained Agribusiness managers and administrators.

The Agribusiness program has a choice of exit points:

Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) - 3 years

Associate Degree of Agribusiness - 2 years

Diploma of Agribusiness - 1 year

The Marcus Oldham College Agribusiness programs open the door to a wide and varied choice of careers including:

Agricultural Co-operatives, Marketing, Rural finance and banking, Property Management, Rural Tourism, Agri-Politics, Farm Administration.

The Course covers seven broad areas:

Rural Accounting, Finance and Business Planning, Computer Applications and Systems, Agricultural Economics , Policy and Law, Agribusiness systems, Business and Personal Communications, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management.

Study tours and work experience programs provide students with the opportunity to examine a wide range of leading agribusiness throughout Australia and internationally.  Management techniques, business philosophies, economic views, marketing strategies and administrative practices are all important aspects of the course which students are encouraged to explore.


Internationally recognised by major sectors of the horse industry, the Diploma of Horse Business Management aims to equip students with the practical, husbandry and business skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen area.

The intensive one year Diploma of Horse Business Management is structured equally into three broad areas: practical skills, horse management and business management.

Developed in close consultation with industry, students are exposed to a diverse range of prominent leaders specialising in riding, training and management techniques, business philosophies, economic views, marketing strategies and administrative practices.

To ensure students have obtained essential horse management skills, all students participate in the riding stream during the first half of the course before having an opportunity to branch out and specialise in a particular area of interest during the second semester.

While guest lectures are an important part of the course, equally important is the insight students obtain from outside the College grounds. Exciting study tour and work experience programs are a feature of the course and allow students to visit and work with prominent industry leaders and enterprises in both Australia and New Zealand.

Marcus Oldham College prides itself on having a reputation within industry for producing graduates who have good management skills. The close rapport the College has with industry ensures outstanding career opportunities for graduates.

The 12 month course provides a wonderful opportunity to make important networks and friendships with industry identities both nationally and internationally.

Past students successfully hold managerial, administrative and practical positions in the racing, breeding and performance horse sectors.


Marcus Oldham College

145 Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds Victoria Australia 3216

Postal Address

Private Bag 116 Geelong Mail Centre Victoria Australia 3221

Phone 03 5243 3533 International +61 3 5243 3533

Freecall 1800 623 500 Fax  03 5244 1263



CRICOS Provider Code 00306D


Marcus Oldham College

145 Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds Victoria Australia 3216

Phone: 03 5243 3533

International: +61 3 5243 3533

Freecall: 1800 623 500

Fax:  03 5244 1263

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CRICOS Provider Code 00306D