CV85 Bachelor of Agriculture

At A Glance

CQ University’s Bachelor of Agriculture, delivered in Victoria in partnership with RIST, is a three year qualification bringing cutting edge training to students, delivered by recognised industry leaders with real-world knowledge and know-how.

This course offers students the flexibility of attending lectures online while retaining the hands-on practical experience gained through field tutorials conducted at RIST’s award winning campus in South West Victoria.

The CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture delivers the right mix of skills based, practical training and research led teaching to succeed and lead in today’s agribusiness, livestock and cropping industries. 

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Study Modes: On Campus, Online

ATAR: 64.95 Units/Credits 21/44

Pre-requisites: QTAC, English (4, SA)

Minors: Agricultural Business, Cropping, Livestock

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Recommended study: Biology, Maths


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.

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.

Why Study Agriculture at CQUniversity / RIST?

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.

Fees and Charges:

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

How do I apply?

Contact RIST on:

Phone: 1800 883 343


Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.