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Agribusiness
AD-AGRIB

Agribusiness (Associate Degree)

Associate degree

Start your journey to a career in agribusiness or use this course as a pathway into a bachelor degree.

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  • Qualification
    Associate Degree in Agribusiness
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credit
    400
  • CRICOS
    098315D
  • Location
    Muresk Institute
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Why study Agribusiness (Associate Degree) at Curtin?

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021).

Cutting-edge

Curtin hosts the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, in collaboration with the national Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Agribusiness (Associate Degree)

Outline

Outline

Curtin offers an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at the Muresk Institute in Northam.

In this course you will gain an understanding of the agricultural systems and business principles involved in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of food. The topics you'll study include:

  • agribusiness accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing
  • agricultural production systems, including animal and cropping systems
  • broadacre crop and pasture science
  • farm business management
  • international agricultural trade
  • soil and water resources.

This course has been designed in collaboration with industry and involves substantial exposure to practical farm management, to ensure you graduate with the technical and business skills needed in agricultural production, farm management and equipment consultancy and sales.

The associate degree is also a pathway into the Bachelor of Agribusiness, providing at least 12 months credit.

See our handbook for more course information. 

How this course will make you industry ready

This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry, which ensures its relevancy to industry needs. It includes substantial exposure to practical farm management, and includes intensive laboratory elements delivered at Muresk Institute.

Career information

Careers

  • Agribusiness banking
  • Agronomic and livestock sales
  • Agronomic and livestock technical services
  • Business consulting
  • Commodity trading
  • Exporting
  • Financial management
  • International marketing
  • Professional farm management.

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture marketing and supply chain logistics
  • Agricultural product supply
  • Agronomy services
  • Banking and finance
  • Consultancy
  • Farmer grower groups
  • Farming
  • Research.

Further study

What you'll learn

  • apply principles and concepts of agribusiness systems management in a range of theoretical and practical situations
  • apply critical thinking and process skills to generate innovative solutions to agribusiness systems problems
  • use a range of technologies to locate, extract and appraise information relevant to the agribusiness discipline.
  • communicate effectively to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications.
  • consider profitability and sustainability when using new and established technologies in agribusiness related industries
  • acquire new knowledge and expertise in the field of agribusiness
  • consider the impacts of agribusiness issues from a global perspective, applying international standards within the field of agribusiness
  • build professional and community partnerships, and incorporate indigenous and other community perspectives in agribusiness practice
  • work professionally and ethically both independently and in teams, complying with appropriate legislation in the field of agribusiness

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    School leavers with a WACE, Agricultural College students, students who have completed a TAFE Cert III, IV or Diploma in Agriculture and mature-age students are encouraged to apply.

    Students without a WACE are encouraged to complete the UniReady program and apply for entry after one semester.

    Students with an ATAR >70, a pass in Maths Applications ATAR or higher and a Science at ATAR level are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Bentley Campus.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

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

Alternative pathways

  • Portfolio entry

    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.

  • STAT entry

    Entry to the course is by portfolio application.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have 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.

How we define ‘experience’
‘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.

Pathways

  • Portfolio entry

    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.

  • STAT entry

    Entry to the course is by portfolio application.

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    School leavers with a WACE, Agricultural College students, students who have completed a TAFE Cert III, IV or Diploma in Agriculture and mature-age students are encouraged to apply.

    Students without a WACE are encouraged to complete the UniReady program and apply for entry after one semester.

    Students with an ATAR >70, a pass in Maths Applications ATAR or higher and a Science at ATAR level are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Bentley Campus.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

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

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

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.

Pathways

  • Portfolio entry

    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.

  • STAT entry

    Entry to the course is by portfolio application.

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    School leavers with a WACE, Agricultural College students, students who have completed a TAFE Cert III, IV or Diploma in Agriculture and mature-age students are encouraged to apply.

    Students without a WACE are encouraged to complete the UniReady program and apply for entry after one semester.

    Students with an ATAR >70, a pass in Maths Applications ATAR or higher and a Science at ATAR level are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Agribusiness at Bentley Campus.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

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

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $11,500*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 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 does 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.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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