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Agribusiness

Agribusiness

Associate Degree

AD-AGRIB

Course
Associate Degree in Agribusiness
Duration
2 years full-time
Credit
400
Location
Muresk Institute

Outline

Address challenges in food security and farming systems related to climate change and shifting markets.

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Curtin offers an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk Institute in Northam and Geraldton Universities Centre, with the intensive laboratory elements delivered at Muresk.

It will provide you with an understanding of agricultural production systems and the business principles associated with the production, processing, marketing and distribution of food.

You will graduate technically competent and commercially savvy, with contemporary agribusiness skills that enable you to work in areas such as agricultural production, farm management and agricultural equipment sales.

The course involves a high level of exposure to practical farm management and has been created in close collaboration with industry, to ensure it meets the needs of the Western Australian agriculture and food industry.

Study themes include:

  • agribusiness accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing
  • agricultural production systems, including animal and cropping systems
  • broadacre crop and pasture science
  • farm business management
  • international agricultural trade
  • soil and water resources.

The associate degree is also a pathway into the Bachelor of Agribusiness, providing at least 12 months credit. Pathways into other bachelor degrees are available.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

The skills that you gain in this course will enable you to work in a range of agribusiness areas, including agricultural production, farm management and agricultural equipment sales.

You can study this associate degree as a pathway into the Bachelor of Agribusiness, and gain at least 12 months credit. Pathways into other bachelor degrees are also available to you.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry, which ensures it is highly relevant to industry needs. It includes substantial exposure to practical farm management, and intensive laboratory elements delivered at Muresk Institute.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Agribusiness banking
  • Agronomic and livestock sales
  • Agronomic and livestock technical services
  • Business consulting
  • Commodity trading
  • Exporting
  • Financial management
  • International marketing
  • Professional farm management

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture marketing and supply chain logistics
  • Agricultural product supply
  • Agronomy services
  • Banking and finance
  • Consultancy
  • Farmer grower groups
  • Farming
  • Research.

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply principles and concepts of agribusiness systems management in a range of theoretical and practical situations
  • apply critical thinking and process skills to generate innovative solutions to agribusiness systems problems
  • use a range of technologies to locate, extract and appraise information relevant to the agribusiness discipline.
  • communicate effectively to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications.
  • consider profitability and sustainability when using new and established technologies in agribusiness related industries
  • acquire new knowledge and expertise in the field of agribusiness
  • consider the impacts of agribusiness issues from a global perspective, applying international standards within the field of agribusiness
  • build professional and community partnerships, and incorporate indigenous and other community perspectives in agribusiness practice
  • work professionally and ethically both independently and in teams, complying with appropriate legislation in the field of agribusiness

Admission criteria

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    School leavers with a WACE, Agricultural College students, students who have completed a TAFE Cert III, IV or Diploma in Agriculture and mature-age students are encouraged to apply.

    Students without a WACE are encouraged to complete the UniReady program and apply for entry after one semester.

    Students with an ATAR >70, a pass in Maths Applications ATAR or higher and a Science at ATAR level are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Bentley Campus.

  • STAT entry : Entry to the course is by portfolio application.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    School leavers with a WACE, Agricultural College students, students who have completed a TAFE Cert III, IV or Diploma in Agriculture and mature-age students are encouraged to apply.

    Students without a WACE are encouraged to complete the UniReady program and apply for entry after one semester.

    Students with an ATAR >70, a pass in Maths Applications ATAR or higher and a Science at ATAR level are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Bentley Campus.

  • STAT entry : Entry to the course is by portfolio application.
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    School leavers with a WACE, Agricultural College students, students who have completed a TAFE Cert III, IV or Diploma in Agriculture and mature-age students are encouraged to apply.

    Students without a WACE are encouraged to complete the UniReady program and apply for entry after one semester.

    Students with an ATAR >70, a pass in Maths Applications ATAR or higher and a Science at ATAR level are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Bentley Campus.

  • STAT entry : Entry to the course is by portfolio application.
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Commonwealth supported $11,000*
Domestic $25,400*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Location

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2022

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  • Curtin course code: AD-AGRIB
  • CRICOS code: 098315D
  • Last updated on: March 3, 2021