Associate Degree in AGRIBUSINESS


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus


Term 1 (February 2020) and Term 3 (July 2020)

Blundstone Scholarships

This scholarship, worth up to $4,000 per year, will be available to students commencing and continuing study in 2020.

For more information, please visit the Blundstone scholarship page.


The Associate Degree in Agribusiness (Z2A) has been developed in consultation with Tasmanian industry and blends business studies in management, finance, marketing and planning with technical skills in agriculture. Students are exposed to contemporary agribusiness, including e-business, innovation and entrepreneurship, while gaining a unique perspective on the value chain linking primary producers with consumers of food and fibre products. Graduation from the course can provide an entry opportunity for those seeking work in agribusiness and related industries, an opportunity to accelerate progression in a current organisations or a clear articulation pathway into further study at the University of Tasmania.

While the first year of the course serves as a foundation year in agribusiness, the second year allows students to choose an employment-based pathway, specialisation pathway, or a pathway into a bachelor program. This allows students to gain a broad suite of knowledge and skills, while also developing key integrative skills such as problem solving, undertaking research, developing strategies, showing leadership and building teams.

Hands-on industry experience within the course means students will not only have a firm understanding of agribusiness theory but know how to apply it in working environments. This is done through a range of real-world business examples, live case studies, industry speakers, workshops, industry experiences, and job-focused programs.

It's Not Just a Farm, It's a Business Too

"The Associate Degree in Agribusiness provides an opportunity for students to gain skills and build their confidence to then take back to their workplace."

- Ashley Evans, Rural Youth State President.

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Agribusiness (Z2A) is structured over two years full-time (or equivalent part-time), based on four teaching terms of 10 weeks. These teaching terms align with the Tasmanian school terms.

The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your agribusiness knowledge to a range of situations.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, students who choose to exit the course will be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Each of the discipline subjects has an accompanying Practice and Portfolio subject. These subjects introduce the concept of learning through practice, and will expose you to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop your understanding of work and the workplace.

Employment pathway

Students wishing to pursue a career in agribusiness who don’t wish to continue on to a Bachelor degree should choose this pathway. Due to the practical focus and industry-based syllabus, you’ll be considered ‘workplace ready’ after two years of (full time) study.

Further education pathway

In the course of your foundation year, you may decide that you’d like to continue your education beyond the Associate Degree level. The higher study pathway prepares you to undertake a Bachelor degree after completing your Associate degree. You’ll be eligible for two years of full credit in the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) or partial credit into another University of Tasmania bachelor program, subject to the College’s discretion.


In the second year of study, students can undertake a bachelor pathway, or choose to undertake a specialisation pathway in:

Students that apply for this course will be enrolled in the following first year discipline subjects:


Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Agribusiness (Z2A) you can receive 2 years credit into the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Applied Business (Agriculture and Business). Students seeking this full credit will need to complete the full articulation pathway within the Associate Degree in Agribusiness (Z2A) and apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business). This will require students to undertake 4 x 12.5% subjects from the College of Sciences and Engineering in their second year.

Students wishing to articulate from the Associate Degree in Agribusiness into other University of Tasmania bachelor programs may gain credit, subject to the receiving College’s discretion.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information.

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Career Options

2020 indicative costs

As a domestic student, you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at University and thus your course costs can be fully deferred (no payment required up front). See this website for details.

Need help applying?

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.

We also have more information on our Need help applying page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an Associate Degree shorter than a Bachelor degree?

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

What makes University College Associate Degrees different to traditional university courses?

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

Rather than studying during traditional university semester teaching periods, our Associate Degrees are studied over 40 weeks per year (10 weeks per term), aligning with the Tasmanian school terms.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Who is likely to study an Associate Degree?

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.
Where do Associate Degree students study?

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

Do I need to sit exams?

Not in the first year, as our assessments are built into the course content throughout the term. If you choose to undertake the articulation into a bachelor pathway in year 2 of you Associate Degree, you may be required to sit some exams, dependant on the units you are studying. Students who do not undertake this pathway will not sit exams.

What if I don’t want to continue studying after the first year?

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

What kind of hands-on learning experience will I have?

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

Will I receive credit towards a Bachelor degree?

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.


"I laughed – uni? No, not me," Taylor recalls. An intimidating prospect at first, Taylor’s university experience has only been positive.

"It’s not as scary and difficult as I thought it would be and there is plenty of support. The new-found awareness of the industry has given me a more in-depth understanding of how my workplace functions behind the scenes. Workshops and tutorials have been engaging - especially site visits to agricultural businesses the public would rarely gain access to."


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