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Course - Agricultural Technology

Agricultural Technology is a practical course which allows students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills which enable them to contribute positively to their local community. The syllabus provides scope for students to explore the many and varied career opportunities in agriculture and its related service industries, whilst preparing them for their lives as global citizens. We explore production chains, where food comes from and develop a basis for informed consumer choices. Agricultural Technology also provides students with an opportunity to experience aspects of an agricultural lifestyle through direct contact with plants, animals and a variety of outside activities. 

This course is designed to assist students to develop the ability to respond to human needs and emerging opportunities. Students will be given the opportunity to better understand God’s world and His amazing work in creation and how to be wise stewards of the resources He has given us responsibility for. This course will develop the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the management of plant and animal enterprises, the technology associated with these enterprises, the marketing of products, consumer choices and informed decision making and sustainability. 

One of the great assets of this course is the development of problem solving, planning and organisational skills, experience in conducting scientific investigations and research, and the opportunity to work in a team environment. Students will investigate and discuss the impact of agricultural practices on the basic resources of soil, air and water. The syllabus provides opportunity for students to make responsible decisions about the appropriate use of agricultural technologies.

Content 

In Agricultural Technology, students learn about God’s amazing work in creation and our responsible stewardship of the land, sea and His creatures. Students investigate the viability of Australian agriculture through the careful management of issues relating to the sustainability of agricultural systems, as well as the relationships between production, processing and consumption. Students draw from the history of the surrounding semi-rural suburbs to explore urban agriculture and backyard farming and learn skills that will ready them for life beyond school.

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FAQ

Why should I choose agriculture?
  • Like caring for animals
  • Like growing things
  • Like lots of practical work
  • Care for the environment
  • Don’t mind getting your hands dirty
  • Lots of field trips
  • Like getting out of the classroom
  • Keen to be active
We live in the city, isn’t Agriculture for people in the country?

No, there is a going desire for people in the city to connect more with the food they eat, eat more organic food and have fresh produce. Community gardens are helping people in the city develop relationships in the local community and share with those in need. Also as the world’s population increases we need people to develop technologies so we can feed more people with increasingly less farmland.

Is Agriculture a Science?

Yes it is. We undertake scientific experiments on the growth of plants and animals and investigate technologies to do with food production and sustainability.

Does agriculture have an environmental focus?

Definitely! The goal in every unit of work is how can we as humans do essential services that are sustainable.

If you have further questions, please contact:
Science Coordinator - Mr Michael Green
mgreen@covenant.nsw.edu.au