Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)
Distance (fully online) Term 1 2020


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus


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


The Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) acts as a stepping stone for future leaders and managers, producing graduates who have the ability to identify, interpret, apply and transmit contemporary business concepts and practices in real business contexts. Developed through research and engagement with major Tasmanian industry stakeholders, the course ensures graduates have the relevant knowledge and skills to pursue a successful business career.

Core business subjects such as entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, marketing, project management, and business planning are studied along with a range of electives like workforce planning, lean thinking, quality management, facility management and risk management. This allows students to undertake study in an area of interest.

Throughout the course, students will have hands-on learning opportunities including industry placements, fieldwork, case studies and applied research. These hands-on experiences ensure students graduate work-ready with an understanding of how to apply theory in real business environments.

Make sure to check out our applied business specialisations:

How Education Can Improve Lives

“Attending University College has rebuilt my confidence. Myself and my family are now going to have a lot better future thanks to the associate degree. I am a living example of how education can improve lives.”
- Annette Branch

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) 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, where you will learn the skills to apply your new business knowledge to a range of situations. In the second year, you’ll have an opportunity to choose a pathway to employment or further study at the University of Tasmania.

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.

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


Part Time Students

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


Employment pathway

Students wishing to pursue a career in business 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 Business Administration.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) you can receive 2 years credit into the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Business Administration. Students seeking this full credit will need to complete the full articulation pathway within the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) and apply for the Bachelor of Business Administration. This will require students to undertake 4 x 12.5% subjects from the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics in their second year.

Students wishing to articulate from the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C) into other University of Tasmania bachelor programs may gain credit, subject to the receiving faculty/college's discretion.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information.

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 never thought studying would be this practical. The Associate Degree has allowed me to literally put what I’ve been studying into practice.

There has been so much help and assistance from lecturers and support services, and we’ve had invaluable access to industry professionals who had held lectures and hosted workshops. I’ve really enjoyed learning again. It is an amazing experience."


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