Bachelor of Agrifood Systems

Why study the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems at UNE?

The course is designed for those who want to progress their career into agricultural management. There are four Majors: (1) Crop Production; (2) Livestock Production; (3) Production Horticulture; and (4) Poultry Production.

The course covers the latest technology and production techniques for your industry. You will complete vocational units to develop practical skills in farm management, while deepening your understanding of the science and technology of modern agriculture through the UNE units.

By completing this degree you will be able to apply your technical knowledge and business management skills to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of farming systems.

You will need access to a farm enterprise for your selected Major on which to base projects and reports throughout the course. All units are supported by online study guides and you can complete the degree part-time while you work in agriculture.

Further Information

Candidates will be required to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in order to complete the Vocational Education Training (VET) units from the Diploma in Agriculture or Diploma in Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the Advanced Diploma in Agriculture contained within the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this degree will be able to be employed in farm management, in agricultural supply industries and in service industries such as advisory services and land management.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2014 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2015 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BAgrifoodSys
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2014 ATAR 72.55
2014 OP 12
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

For more information, click here

New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE and

Former or current domestic UNE students apply to study on or off campus direct to UNE

For more information, click here

Entry Requirements

Candidates who are admitted to the program will be required to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in order to complete the Diploma in Agriculture or Diploma in Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the Advanced Diploma in Agriculture Vocational Education Training (VET) units contained within the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems. A candidate shall gain admission by meeting one of the following rules: (Rule 1) or (Rules 2 and 3) or (Rule 4).

A candidate shall:

(1) hold the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems from UNE.

or

(2) Academic entry requirement. Candidates must meet (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) below:

(a) hold the Higher School Certificate with the minimum ATAR (72.55) for UNE entry or the equivalent mark from the STAT test; or

(b) hold a VET Certificate IV or higher qualification in any field; or

(c) have completed 4 units from the AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture; or

(d) have achieved the required minimum skills profile against the Australian Core Skills Framework.

and

(3) Industry experience requirement. Candidates must meet (a) or (b) or (c) below:

(a) hold a VET Certificate III or higher qualification in Agriculture; or

(b) provide written documentation of at least one year's relevant industry experience in agricultural production; or

(c) have completed the NSW HSC Industries Curriculum Frameworks Course, including completion of the NSW 240 hours Primary Industries Course (including the 70 hours of mandatory work placement) or have completed Stage 6 Agriculture in the HSC or the equivalent in other states; plus

have completed the NSW Board of Studies Industry-based Learning Course (including the 100 days of mandatory work placement) or be able to document at least 24 weeks of additional relevant work experience in agricultural production.

or

(4) (a) Hold the AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture or the 10219NAT Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, for entry to the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems through one of the UNE approved Articulation Programs; or

(b) Meet Admission Rules (2) and (3) and complete the AHC50110 Diploma in Agriculture or the 10219NAT Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities prior to the completion of the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems. The Diploma must include the relevant VET units for the chosen Major, for entry to the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems through one of the UNE approved Articulation Programs.

Please select your RTO from the list below for details of the required VET units for the chosen Major:

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

RuralBiz Training

TAFE NSW Institutes (Hunter; Illawarra; New England; North Coast; Riverina Institute; Western; Western Sydney)

TAFE NSW Western Institute

Tocal Agricultural College

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (1) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing for 96 credit points based on their admission to candidature. Further Block Advanced Standing for 12 credit points will be awarded upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Candidates admitted under Rules (2) and (3) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing for 36 credit points upon completion of the required VET Diploma in Agriculture units or the Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and 30 credit points upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Candidates admitted under Rule (4) (a) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing for 36 credit points based on their admission to candidature. Further Block Advanced Standing for 30 credit points will be awarded upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Candidates admitted under Rule (4)(b) shall be awarded Block Advanced Standing for 36 credit points upon completion of the required VET Diploma in Agriculture units or the Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and 30 credit points upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

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Admission to Candidature

Candidates who are admitted to the program will be required to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in order to complete the Diploma in Agriculture or Diploma in Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the Advanced Diploma in Agriculture Vocational Education Training (VET) units contained within the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems. A candidate shall gain admission by meeting one of the following rules: (Rule 1) or (Rules 2 and 3) or (Rule 4).

A candidate shall:
(1) hold the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems from UNE.

or

(2) Academic entry requirement. Candidates must meet (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) below:
(a) hold the Higher School Certificate with the minimum ATAR (72.55) for UNE entry or the equivalent mark from the STAT test; or
(b) hold a VET Certificate IV or higher qualification in any field; or
(c) have completed 4 units from the AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture; or
(d) have achieved the required minimum skills profile against the Australian Core Skills Framework.
and
(3) Industry experience requirement. Candidates must meet (a) or (b) or (c) below:
(a) hold a VET Certificate III or higher qualification in Agriculture; or
(b) provide written documentation of at least one year's relevant industry experience in agricultural production; or
(c) have completed the NSW HSC Industries Curriculum Frameworks Course, including completion of the NSW 240 hours Primary Industries Course (including the 70 hours of mandatory work placement) or have completed Stage 6 Agriculture in the HSC or the equivalent in other states; plus
have completed the NSW Board of Studies Industry-based Learning Course (including the 100 days of mandatory work placement) or be able to document at least 24 weeks of additional relevant work experience in agricultural production.

or

(4) (a) Hold the AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture or the 10219NAT Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, for entry to the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems through one of the UNE approved Articulation Programs; or
(b) Meet Admission Rules (2) and (3) and complete the AHC50110 Diploma in Agriculture or the 10219NAT Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities prior to the completion of the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems. The Diploma must include the relevant VET units for the chosen Major, for entry to the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems through one of the UNE approved Articulation Programs.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (1) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing for 96 credit points based on their admission to candidature. Further Block Advanced Standing for 12 credit points will be awarded upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Candidates admitted under Rules (2) and (3) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing for 36 credit points upon completion of the required VET Diploma in Agriculture units or the Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and 30 credit points upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Candidates admitted under Rule (4)(a) shall be granted Block Advanced Standing for 36 credit points based on their admission to candidature. Further Block Advanced Standing for 30 credit points will be awarded upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Candidates admitted under Rule (4)(b) shall be awarded Block Advanced Standing for 36 credit points upon completion of the required VET Diploma in Agriculture units or the Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and 30 credit points upon completion of the required VET Advanced Diploma in Agriculture units.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (1), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (2) and (3), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (4), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points, with not more than 60 credit points at 100 level, at least 36 credit points at 300 level and not more than 12 credit points at 400 level.

To qualify for the award a candidate must also complete the 7 VET units from the AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture or the 7 VET units from the 10219NAT Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the 7 VET units from the AHC60110 Advanced Diploma of Agriculture as detailed in the programs of study.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (1)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 96 cps
Core Units 12 cps
One Major 36 cps
Total 144 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here

For candidates admitted under Rule (2) and (3)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 66 cps
One Major 78 cps
Total 144 cps

To view complete Program of Study click here

Articulation Programs

For candidates admitted under Rule (4) (a) and (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 36 cps
Core Units 48 cps
One Major 60 cps
Total 144 cps

To view complete Program of Study Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges click here
(Website Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges: To view website click here)

To view complete Program of Study RuralBiz Training click here
(Website RuralBiz Training: To view website click here)

To view complete Program of Study TAFE NSW Institutes click here
(Website TAFE Hunter Institute: To view website click here)
(Website TAFE Illawarra: To view website click here)
(Website TAFE New England: To view website click here)
(Website TAFE North Coast: To view website click here)
(Website TAFE Riverina Institute: To view website click here)
(Website TAFE Western Institute: To view website click here)
(Website TAFE Western Sydney Institute: To view website click here)

To view complete Program of Study Tocal Agricultural College click here
(Website Tocal Agricultural College: To view website click here)

To view complete Program of Study Western Institute of TAFE click here
(Website TAFE NSW Western Institute: To view website click here)

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements including one approved major shall be awarded the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems under Rule (2) and (3) or Rule (4) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems upon completion of 96 credit points comprising not more than 60 credit points at 100 level, at least 24 credit points at 200 level and at least 6 credit points at 300 level. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirement of the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure be changed in response to University or TAFE NSW New England Institute requirements.

Academic Progress

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Academic Progress.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Student Appeals.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

This course aims to equip graduates with a combination of the technical and management skills required to integrate agricultural technology into production systems, with the capability to evaluate the productivity and efficiency, the profitability, and the ecological sustainability of agricultural enterprises.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. analyse the profitability and viability of a rural enterprise and assess financing alternatives;
  2. carry out business planning for an agricultural enterprise, based on a knowledge of financial procedures and reports, industry benchmarks and best practices, market requirements for the product and the role of risk management strategies;
  3. evaluate the natural resource base and infrastructure requirements for an agricultural enterprise and incorporate the information into enterprise planning;
  4. apply high level business communication skills (including online networking), reflect on the effectiveness of communication and develop alternative approaches;
  5. research and discuss a range of marketing strategies and develop a marketing plan for an agricultural product to meet customer requirements and enterprise profitability targets;
  6. apply spatial imaging technology to monitor the environmental impacts and improve the management of an agricultural enterprise;
  7. demonstrate the use of techniques for sustainability and production monitoring and analyse the collected data against appropriate benchmarks; and
  8. explain systems theory and risk management principles and integrate these into adaptive decision making.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will receive knowledge from lectures, practicals and course materials, and will be asked to find relevant knowledge in industry publications, technical texts and from primary sources. Students will also gain industry knowledge from work-based learning on actual enterprises where they apply farm management competencies. Knowledge will be assessed in examinations, quizzes, essays and reports.

Communication Skills

Students are required to complete a core unit in management communication. This will include written and spoken communication in the contexts of personnel management, business operations and internet communication. Students will study theoretical perspectives on effective communication and be able to demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective and draw on alternative approaches.

Global Perspectives

Students will complete core units in Economics and Sustaining our Rural Environment which cover global food production and associated issues such as resource depletion, global warming and climate change, biodiversity and food security.

Information Literacy

All units will have an online component and students will be assessed on their ability to obtain appropriate information through hard copy, e-libraries and online sources. Students will need to demonstrate the appropriate use and acknowledgement of primary and secondary sources of information.

Life-Long Learning

This course is unique in that it includes both VET units and university units and has an entry requirement which includes the Certificate III in Agriculture as the minimum level of experience required. The degree will provide for an integrated work and learning pathway which will allow students to complete training in practical and technical skills, and move through the AQF levels to complete education and training at management level. Students will learn the importance and value of becoming self-directed learners, and the importance of learning in adapting to change.

Problem Solving

The VET units require evidence of problem solving as one of the components of competency. This will be assessed through tasks which pose specific management problems and through evidence of problem solving detailed in work experience reports. Students will be expected to observe, record and draw conclusions from data. Students will be expected to show initiative in applying technology, and to problem solve as part of the process of introducing and integrating technology into agricultural operations.

Social Responsibility

The core 'Sustaining Our Rural Environment' units look at the social dimension of agriculture and its image and importance in general society. The degree emphasises the efficient use of non-renewable resources and the importance of sustainable farm practices to maintain soil and water quality and biodiversity in the farming landscape.

Team Work

The management communications unit specifically addresses interpersonal communication at work and the use of negotiation and inclusive language. Students will also be asked to complete learning activities in groups and competency assessments for the VET units can be based around group activities.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

For more information, click here

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Former or current domestic UNE students apply to study on or off campus direct to UNE

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