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Bachelor of Agrifood Systems

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1-3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

Dr Janelle Wilkes discusses UNE's innovative Bachelor of Agrifood Systems

About this course

Looking to kick-start your career in agricultural management? This flexible Bachelor of Agrifood Systems course from the University of New England (UNE) is for you - no matter how you start.

With a wide variety of entry options, including vocational and academic pathways, this course is ideal for anyone with a goal in mind, but who might be unsure of how to take the first step towards it. Alternating trimesters of online study with practical working trimesters, this degree ensures you'll have both the necessary technical skills and the in-depth agricultural knowledge to successfully work in agricultural management. Plus, a part-time study option means you can choose to continue working in agriculture while studying.

As well as supplying graduates with the necessary technical knowledge to manage innovative, efficient farming practises, this degree also provides students with the management skills necessary to work in senior leadership roles as their careers progress. With this degree, you could take the first step towards a career in agricultural management - playing a key role in ensuring sustainable, productive and profitable farming systems for the future.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Agrifood Systems, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification. Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with an Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems from UNE; OR
  • Meet particular academic requirements specified by UNE; OR
  • Have specific vocational experience in agricultural management; OR
  • Hold a vocational qualification specified by UNE

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this agriculture course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units

  • Introductory chemistry
  • Sustaining our rural environment I
  • Sustaining our rural environment II
  • Develop a marketing plan
  • Monitor and review business performance
  • Prepare and monitor budget and financial reports
  • Develop climate risk management strategies
  • Plan and manage infrastructure requirements
  • Research and communicate complex ideas
  • Manage the production system
  • Analyse business performance
  • Manage business capital
  • Manage risk
  • Apply leadership communication to build capability in others
  • Provide leadership in effective digital and online communication

Plus one of the following majors:

  • Crop production;
  • Livestock production;
  • Production horticulture;
  • Poultry production (restricted entry)
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Agrifood Systems from the University of New England.

With the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems, you'll have the technical knowledge and management skills required to successfully manage agricultural technology in production, enhancing your career prospects in agricultural management, and contributing to improved efficiency in agricultural production.

Job opportunities after graduation may also include work in agricultural supply industries and service industries, including advisory services and land management.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Farm Manager
  • Farmer
  • Primary Products Inspector

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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