Bachelor of Agriculture - CV85

The Bachelor of Agriculture will equip you with the agriculture knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills required to play important professional roles in improving productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture.


On Campus, Online


SR:66 ATAR:66




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton, Online


English (Units 3 and 4, C)


Maths B, Biology



The Bachelor of Agriculture will equip you with the agriculture knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills required to play important professional roles in improving productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture. The course has an applied focus that will provide you with industry relevant training on a firm scientific basis. A suite of eight core units will provide the strong foundation you will use to acquire understanding of increasingly complex concepts in the context of industry relevant problems. A series of eight discipline units starting in year 2 will help you build your systemic thinking and you will learn about emerging agricultural innovations and current technological advances, culminating in a capstone unit where you reinforce and apply the principles and thinking skills acquired throughout the course to address challenging case studies. Through the professional placement or research project, you will apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in your degree to an authentic professional work or research environment.

Eight extension units offer great choices to creatively combine your agriculture core knowledge with other disciplines to give you an additional edge as a professional. If you are interested in developing strong business skills you can select a Major in Agribusiness starting with one unit in year 1. Alternatively you can choose two from a suite of Minors including Agribusiness, Food Chemistry and Nutrition, and Sustainable Landscapes.

You will profit from the University's research excellence in agriculture and its focus on regional and industry engagement through the opportunities to learn from leading industry experts, interact with top researchers, hear from experienced practitioners and engagement activities such as summer research projects, conferences attendance, or international activities. The Bachelor of Agriculture course prepares you for the rigours of the real world and ensures you have the skills to make a difference in the context of the emerging opportunities that a highly technical agricultural industry provides.

Core Units 16 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units 4

You are required to complete 16 core units and either an eight-unit major in agribusiness or choose two four-unit minors from either agribusiness, chemistry, environmental monitoring and management, food chemistry and nutrition, liberal studies, or sustainable landscapes.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

You will experience innovative course content that combines broad agricultural knowledge of livestock and cropping, with relevant technologies and agribusiness. The applied focus of the course will provide you with industry-relevant training on a firm scientific basis.

Your core studies provide you with a well-rounded understanding of crucial agricultural facets including agricultural systems, scientific research, irrigation management, plant science and crop production, livestock production, plant and livestock breeding strategies, crop protection, food industries, agriculture technology and more.

Your core study provides you with a strong foundation to build on as you gain an understanding of increasingly complex concepts in the context of industry-relevant problems. You will learn about emerging agricultural innovations and current technological advances. You will have the flexibility to extend your studies with a major in agribusiness or two four-unit minors in agribusiness, chemistry, environmental monitoring and management, sustainable landscapes, or food chemistry and nutrition. The course is available to study on campus, and online with a combination of delivery approaches for unit content plus block practicums in one of our agriculture locations – Rockhampton, Emerald and Bundaberg.

Throughout your studies, you will complete a professional placement unit that allows you to apply the course content to real-world situations and enhances your understanding of agriculture from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

You will benefit from our local presence in regions that are home to a rich farming and agricultural landscape. Our courses are based in Central Queensland, where there is a diverse range of agricultural activities in livestock and crops such as cattle and sheep, cotton, grains such as wheat and sorghum, sugarcane, nuts, fruits and vegetable produce. Our local connections and reach provide you with practical and relevant experience and a solid understanding of Australia's diverse agricultural sector.

As a student, you will experience world-class facilities at our Central Queensland Innovation Research Precinct (CQIRP) and through the 3200-hectare Belmont Research Station.

You will benefit from a University that strives for excellence in agricultural research. Our research and teaching in agriculture is recognised among the best in the world, contributing to CQUni being ranked 351-400 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Agriculture and Forestry.

CQUniversity is also rated as conducting world-class research in 22 different research categories, which includes a 'well above world standard' rating in Horticultural Production; and 'above world standard' ratings in Agriculture and Vet Sciences, and Agricultural, Land and Farm Management, as noted in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report.

Our strong focus on research means that you will learn from leading industry experts and experienced practitioners ensuring you graduate with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Home to the Institute of Future Farming Systems, CQUniversity offers an agricultural research program that is a world leader in delivering practical solutions which are bolstering the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the livestock and horticulture sectors.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online

If you are studying online in Victoria under the CQUniversity and Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST) partnership arrangement, you will gain practical skills in first-year units at the RIST campus in Hamilton, Victoria. Under this arrangement, RIST academic staff will assist CQUniversity in the delivery of these subjects. You will be able to apply for recognised prior learning to go towards obtaining a RIST Diploma of Agriculture.
For students studying online in other locations, compulsory residential schools will be conducted in Bundaberg and/or Rockhampton.

Agribusiness4MRKT11029 and MGMT13151 are also available over Term 3.
Environmental Monitoring and Management4
Food Chemistry and Nutrition4
Liberal Studies4
Sustainable Landscapes4
Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Placement or ProjectBIOL12050Placement in a professional situation in an enterprise of the agriculture sector with tasks designed to apply skills in an authentic industry or research environment.

The units in this course that will require mandatory residential school attendance are AGRI11001 - Soil and Irrigation Management; AGRI11002 Plant Science and Crop Production; AGRI11003 Livestock Management; AGRI11007 Plant and Livestock Breeding Strategies; BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory; AGRI12013 Driving productivity in Food production Systems; AGRI12001 Animal Health and Welfare; AGRI12005 Specialised Food Industries; and, AGRI13009 Resource Smart Food Production: More With Less. In addition, the following units in the Chemistry Minor also have compulsory residential school component: CHEM11043 (Atoms, Molecules and Matter), and: CHEM12077 (Food Science & Analysis).

Rank Threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course. 

The rank threshold for this course is:SR 66 | ATAR 66.0

Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

R - Biology, R - Maths B

Completion of the Bachelor of Agriculture will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • agribusiness support sectors such as banking, consultancy, marketing, trading and logistics
  • agritech
  • agronomy
  • cropping
  • government policy development
  • horticulture
  • industry analysis
  • landcare coordination / management
  • livestock
  • production enterprise

Employment opportunities exist within public and private sectors for example in management, consulting and research in cropping, agribusiness, horticulture, landcare, sustainability and livestock management.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1, 3 and/or 4.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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South AustraliaONL: 5C4011
New South WalesONL: 160721
Western AustraliaONL: 150721
VictoriaONL: 1700110641

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are a past CQUni student, or if you are applying to study online via RIST, in Hamilton Victoria.

View the tables below for the best application option.

If you would like to study: Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Online or on-campus in Queensland Apply via QTAC
Online, and you live in New South Wales or the Australian Capital Territory
Apply via UAC
Online or via the Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST), and you live in Victoria Apply direct
Online, and you live in South Australia or the Northern Territory Apply via SATAC
Online, and you live in any other state
Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:
  • You are applying to study this course online through RIST, in Hamilton, Victoria.
  • You are a past CQUni student. Your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
    • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
    • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
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