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COURSE

Bachelor of Agribusiness

B-AGRIB

TAUGHT BY: School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

3years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

Curtin is the only WA university to offer a Bachelor of Agribusiness, providing a unique opportunity to understand both science and business as applied to agriculture. To satisfy the growing demand for food worldwide, we need smarter ways of producing food and fibre using sustainable production methods, innovation and responsible entrepreneurship.

In this course you will engage in research-led activities, problem-solving and self-directed experiments using our field trial site and glasshouse facilities. You will work both as an individual and as an integral part of a team to develop your agribusiness risk and farm management skills.

You will be introduced to satellite-based technologies for soil, crop and livestock management systems, and will develop links with industry through engaging with experts in classrooms and workshops, and field trips to research centres and agronomic field sites.

As part of this course you will undertake a work placement to ensure you graduate with the science, technology and business skills you need to thrive in agribusiness. This placement can be with agriculture research, production or business industries both locally and globally.

This course contains practical and work-relevant components that includes weekly hands-on practical exercises, a compulsory work experience requirement in relevant agricultural industries and week-long synthesis field trips in the final year.

Find out more about studying Agribusiness at Curtin

Agribusiness

What you'll learn

  • apply agribusiness systems management principles and concepts in a range of theoretical and practical situations through research and practical application
  • employ logical and rational process, think creatively and reflectively to generate innovative solutions to complex agribusiness systems problems
  • access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources appropriate to the agribusiness and agricultural science disciplines
  • communicate effectively by demonstrating the capacity to listen and respond (using both written and spoken language) to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications
  • consider profitability, sustainability and impact of the environment, health and society when using new and established technologies in agribusiness related industries
  • continue to acquire new knowledge and expertise in the field of agribusiness and agricultural science
  • describe and evaluate the impacts of agribusiness in a global system; apply international standards and practices within the field of agribusiness
  • value professional and community partnerships through integrating socio cultural contexts and ethics with in agribusiness practice
  • work professionally and ethically both independently and in teams, complying with appropriate legislation in the field of agribusiness and agricultural science

Why study Bachelor of Agribusiness

  • Curtin University provides a unique combination of agricultural science and agribusiness with options in spatial science, data analytics, supply chain management and business management.
  • Become a part of the solution to developing challenges in domestic and global food and fibre production
  • Future productivity improvements rely on skilled graduates undertaking high-impact research and an ability to adopt new and innovative technologies.
  • Develop networks across the agricultural sectors by participating in work experience and field tours
  • Opportunity to link to world-class research programs including the GRDC-funded Centre for Crop and Disease Management, post-harvest horticulture, aquaculture management and rehabilitation of degraded land.
  • A strong demand for skilled professionals from ‘paddock to plate’, with job opportunities currently greater than available graduate numbers.

How this course will make you industry ready

Government and industry partnerships

You will interact with people working in agricultural research, production and management, and with agribusinesses including CSIRO, State Government Departments of Agriculture, farmers, agribusiness and financial advisors, agronomy advisors, consultants, research trial operators, grain trading and marketing, and Curtin’s GRDC Centre for Crop and Disease Management

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.

Professional recognition

Agribusiness graduates are able to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Career information

Increasing demand for global food security in an internationally competitive environment provide graduates with many job opportunities across the food production chain. The majority of Curtin agribusiness students who graduated in 2014 and 2015 were employed before graduating.

Opportunity exists in:

  • Government agencies (such as CSIRO and state departments of agriculture)
  • Farm management and farm consultancy
  • Agronomy (including consultant and research)
  • Soil scientist
  • Banking and finance sectors
  • Agricultural marketing and supply chain logistics
  • Grain trading
  • Agricultural product suppliers
  • Biotechnology (including plant and animal breeding)
  • Research, development and extension
  • Education
  • Farmer grower groups and natural resource management
  • International agricultural development.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

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.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology
  • STAT entry: Written English and either Verbal or Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

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

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to meet the admission criteria for minimum entry and the prerequisite.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to meet the:

  • admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

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.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisite.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with: 

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology
  • STAT entry: Written English and either Verbal or Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
  • 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. Find out more about portfolio entry.

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

Applicants with 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.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology
  • STAT entry: Written English and either Verbal or Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
  • 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. Find out more about portfolio entry.

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

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Other requirements and notes for this course


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Applications for credit for recognised learning may be awarded for approved TAFE units.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$9,430*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] 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 do 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.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $16,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $32,500*
Total indicative course fee $100,100*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $330 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: B-AGRIB
  • CRICOS code: 029345C
  • This offering was last updated on: September 24, 2018