Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Distance (fully online)




Term 1 (February) and Term 3 (July)


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 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 lean thinking, quality management, leading people, facility management and event design. This allows students to undertake study in areas of interest. 

Throughout the fully-online course, we encourage hands-on applied learning with assessments completed within your own workplace or in a simulated business environment. We provide an excellent online learning experience, with webinars and online tutorials. You will be fully supported by coaching and teaching professionals during your online study journey.

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 Online 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.

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, you can choose to exit the course and will be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Each of the units incorporate Practice and Portfolio, which 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.

Core Units and Electives

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


Employment pathway

If you want to kick-start your career in business immediately upon completing your Associate Degree, the employment pathway is perfect for you. With the practical focus and industry-based syllabus, you'll be considered ‘workplace ready' after two years of study (full time).

Further Education pathway

During your foundation year, you may decide that you would like to pursue your education beyond the Associate Degree level. The higher study pathway prepares you to undertake a Bachelor degree upon completion your Associate degree. You'll be eligible for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Tasmania.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Online Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C), you can receive 2 years credit into the University of Tasmania's Bachelor of Business Administration. Those seeking full credit 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 you to undertake 4 x 12.5% subjects from the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics in your second year.

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

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information.

Career Options

2020 indicative costs

Domestic Students
  • Course cost is approximately $5,377* per year for part-time study
  • Course cost is approximately $10,754* per year for full-time study
  • As a domestic student, you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at University and thus your course costs will be fully deferred (no payment required up front). See this website for details.
  • If your course costs are deferred, you will be required to start paying this amount back after you reach a threshold annual income of $51,957 (2018-2019); $45,881 (2019-2020).
  • Domestic students enrolled in a full fee-paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in and so you do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
  • Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.
  • Scholarships are also available. Please see the scholarships website for details.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International Students
  • Course cost is approximately $7,238* per year for part-time study
  • Course cost is approximately $14,475* per year for full-time study

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

In addition, all international students are eligible for the Tasmanian International Scholarship. This provides commencing international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained). There is more information provided on the Tasmanian International Scholarship website.

This will reduce study costs to:

  • Course cost is approximately $5,428* per year for part-time study
  • Course cost is approximately $10,856* per year for full-time study

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

Need help applying?

*To apply for the Online Associate Degree Applied Business you will need to select “Distance Launceston” on the application form.

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 (PDF 3.5 MB).

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;
  • Workers with VET qualifications seeking to take their learning to a higher level
  • 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. Find out more about our campus locations.

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.

Can I obtain credit for previous study?

Yes - your previous qualifications at Diploma level or above gained within the past ten years, may be eligible for credit into the Associate Degree of Applied Business. When you enrol, you are able to upload your documentation and request that it be considered for credit. We will consider each application on a case by case basis.


"Living in Cairns and studying by distance has been an excellent experience for me, as it has been a long time since I’ve studied. The Associate Degree has allowed me to implement in my workplace the practical learnings from the study.

The help and assistance from lecturers with real industry experience has been excellent, and they are available whenever I need something clarified. The ability to dial in to tutorials and to discuss the content and assessment tasks with other students has been invaluable to my learning experience"

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