Associate Degree in Applied Business
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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)


The Associate Degree in Applied Business - Sport, Recreation and Leisure Specialisation (Z2D) focuses on the management, planning and business of sport, recreation and leisure. Throughout the course, students gain knowledge of key business management concepts and how to apply them in practical sport, recreation and leisure environments.

This course offers a great opportunity for students already working with sport and recreation clubs and societies, sport management, leisure centres, government departments and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Graduation from the course can also provide an entry opportunity for those seeking work in sport, recreation and leisure related industries.

Specialisation subjects such as the business of leisure, sport and recreation administration and designing events are integrated with core business subjects in finance, marketing and management. In the second year, students choose from a range of elective subjects such as managing events, leisure planning for communities, facility management and sport as entertainment. Students can choose these electives based on their areas of interest.

Hands-on experiences such as case studies, business projects, industry workshops, work placements and internships provide students with opportunities to understand how to apply the theory and skills they have gained throughout the course. In doing so, students will graduate work-ready with practical knowledge and skills that are applicable across business industries.

Associate Degree Is a Great All-rounder

Jason Schmidt is used to keeping a lot of balls in the air. He holds multiple jobs, is a committed volunteer, a devoted father and a hard-working University student, studying the University College’s Associate Degree in Applied Business (Sports, Recreation and Leisure Specialisation).

Program structure

The Sport, Recreation and Leisure specialisation 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 provides you with knowledge of key business concepts in sport, recreation and leisure markets while developing the skills to apply them in real world 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.

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


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

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Business - Specialisation (Z2D) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion. If you wish to receive two years full credit towards the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Business Administration, you need to apply for the Associate Degree in Applied Business - General Business (Z2C). You can then choose the articulation pathway in year 2.

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 was really interested in studying something around sport. It was something that sounded like it would benefit me going forward, especially the applied nature. That was what eventually swayed me. The fact that I was required to hit the ground running on my first day, I wouldn’t have been able to do that had I not done an applied degree first. The skills they equip you with are very hands-on.

I’d love to one day work in the NBA over in America, which is a very bold dream but it’s something I’ve thought about since I was a lot younger. To be able to do that would be amazing."


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