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Bachelor of Agriculture

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

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

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Begin your career in agriculture with the practical skills gained from this Bachelor of Agriculture course from the University of New England (UNE).

You will gain an understanding of agricultural systems, land management strategies and productivity, with the opportunity to build on your foundational knowledge with specialised learning in your chosen major.

This course is offered for online or on-campus study, and includes a work placement to equip you with the necessary skills and training to pursue a rewarding career in the agricultural sector.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 12 weeks of placement, in consultation with the School.


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

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission

Assumed knowledge is mathematics. Recommended studies are biology and/or chemistry.

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:

  • Agricultural and natural resource extension
  • Identification and adaptation of agricultural plants
  • Agricultural ecology and crop physiology
  • Animal production systems and products
  • Biology I
  • Biology II
  • Chemistry I
  • Introduction to breeding and genetics
  • Quantitative skills with applications
  • Sustaining our rural environment I
  • Sustaining our rural environment II
  • Introduction to statistical modelling

Major/combined major (choose one):

  • Animal Production
  • Plant production
  • General agricultural production


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 Agriculture from the University of New England.

This qualification will allow you to pursue a variety of employment opportunities in cropping and animal industries, agribusiness, primary production, soil conservation, landcare and natural resource management. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

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:

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Farm Manager
  • Crop Farmer
  • Livestock Farmer
  • Agricultural Technical Officer
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Resource Economist
  • Farmer

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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