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CV85 - Bachelor of Agriculture


At a glance

The Bachelor of Agriculture will enable you to develop the cutting edge knowledge and skills required for employment in today’s technology driven Agribusiness, Cropping and Livestock industries.  You will benefit from a practical based training that provides the basis for the application of theory that will underpin the knowledge in new and innovative practices.  You will complete an embedded Diploma in Agriculture in first year and continue to apply your knowledge and skills through the mandatory industry placements as part of the second and third year.

Amy's story: Get to know Amy, who has completed the Bachelor of Agriculture.

Please note: The online offering listed below is open to Victorian RIST students studying in partnership with CQUniversity only.

Study modes On-Campus, Online
Rank OP: 14 SR: 68 ATAR: 64.95
Units/credits 21/144
Pre-requisites QTAC: English (4, SA)

Agricultural Business, Cropping, Livestock

Availability Bundaberg; Emerald; Rockhampton North; Online Study
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Recommended study Biology, Maths B
QTAC Code Bundaberg: 819632, Emerald: 829632, Rockhampton: 859632
VTAC Code 1700110641
CRICOS 088550J

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Career opportunities

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.



The agricultural industry is faced with new and emerging challenges creating a need for graduates who have practical experience, knowledge of cutting-edge technology and the leadership potential to help drive adoption of innovation at every stage of primary production.  The Bachelor of Agriculture prepares you for the rigours of the ‘real’ world and ensures graduates are skilled to make a difference in the context of the emerging opportunities that a high tech agricultural industry provides.

The course delivers the right mix of skills-based training and research-led teaching to succeed in today’s agribusiness, livestock and cropping industries and is the only degree of its kind in tropical Australia.

CQUniversity is the only university offering vocational education pathways into the agriculture diploma and bachelor courses thanks to our partnerships with the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) and Victoria’s Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST). Through this partnership you’ll benefit from project-based training on extensive crop, dairy, sheep, equine and beef production facilities.  Graduates from QATC and RIST can apply for direct entry into the Bachelor of Agriculture.

The Bachelor of Agriculture has an embedded Diploma in Agriculture in the first year, allowing you to build your learning with a strong focus on competency.  In the second year, you will build your core skills by developing your systematic thinking by learning about emerging agricultural innovation through an industry placement.  You will select two out of three specialisations, livestock, cropping or business, during the course.  In your third year you will acquire information about agricultural practices and technology and develop advanced level technical and people-management skills. You will complete the course by producing a real world consulting project that will address a client driven whole-of-system problem.

Why Study Science and Environment at CQUniversity

Hands-on, practical experience
We offer courses that include work placements, allowing you to put the theory you learn into hands-on practice. Our placements also allow you to build important networks with industry and increase your work-ready skills, giving you the competitive edge when seeking employment.

Up-to-date and industry relevant 
CQUniversity consults with industry when developing and reviewing courses and units to ensure content is up-to-date and meeting demands of employers.


Agricultural Business

The minor in Agricultural Business combines the study in agricultural science with the various business disciplines such as management and finance as well as agricultural production which prepares you for leadership roles across all sectors in the industry.


The Cropping minor will introduce you to systems used in irrigated and dryland farming, whilst also equipping you with skills to devise strategies around the appropriate use of fertiliser, crop rotation, precision agriculture, pest and disease management, yield improvement and enterprise planning.


The Livestock minor will allow you to develop knowledge of contemporary Livestock Management Systems with emphasis on sustainability, animal welfare, organic and free range methodologies.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 21 units including 15 core units and six units from your two chosen minors.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Agriculture courses please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 14 , SR: 68 , ATAR: 64.95

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

Entry Requirements

If you are a RIST student that has completed the correct Cert III or above, you are eligible to apply directly to the University.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Agriculture, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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