Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness)

Marcus Oldham College

Course details

CRICOS course code: 088179A

Level of study: Undergraduate


In a world of increasing globalization and increasing fundamental issues facing food and fibre security, people with agribusiness skills are in high demand. Agribusiness is the term given to industries dealing with the inputs and outputs of agricultural production and services. It includes all business activities involved in the production, processing and distribution of food and fibre products.

Successful Agribusiness managers are those who set clear objectives, take time to plan, lead their people and manage priorities which change as the situation changes, and then evaluate how well their plan has worked to achieve their goals. At Marcus Oldham Agribusiness graduates will gain the required skills to deal with the factors facing agribusiness into the future.

The continual rise in world demand for protein and energy means that future opportunities for graduates who are leading performers in agribusiness systems are highly sought after. Marcus Oldham graduates have been the most sought graduates of all sectors of the industry. Pre-entry experience requirements, close consultation with industry, business visits, a 10-week practical placement, case studies and innovative tours ensure that students at Marcus Oldham are professionally prepared for the workforce.

Course Structure

Our Agribusiness program has been designed specifically for those driven towards management positions within businesses that deal with the products of primary production. Students will learn business management over a wide range of business sizes and structures with particular emphasis on agricultural and horticultural output with skills in the following key areas:

  • Business management systems
  • Agricultural production and sustainable resource systems
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Information management
  • Accounting, finance and planning
  • Tax and law

The Degree program, Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) consists of 24 units of study, each unit has equal weighting and students will be required to complete all 24 units prior to being eligible to graduate at the degree level. The Diploma of Agribusiness (1 year) program is nested within the degree program.

Graduates of the Diploma of Agribusiness may be eligible for admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness).

Career Opportunities

Graduates have developed businesses or careers in farm business management, operations managers, multinational agribusinesses, supply chain management and agribusiness co-operatives. The course content at Marcus Oldham provides good theoretical and practical content dealing with whole of business operations using systems based approach and particular emphasis on product of primary production.

Graduates have developed careers as commodity traders, human resource specialists, international marketers, farm consultants, specialist production advisers, rural accountants, rural banking and finance. A number graduates have successfully started their own businesses in these areas and others have risen to senior positions within established operations. The Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) provides the graduate with an in depth understanding of the key profit drivers of agriculture related businesses and how to assist other businesses maximize their returns.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
Unit fee: 3,785 05 Sep 2022 2 years
Full time
Marcus Oldham College
145 Pigdons Road
Geelong Victoria 3216

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed at least one complete year (preferably two years) of industry placement after their secondary school education.

Marcus Oldham maintains a flexible policy in relation to entrance criteria and judges each applicant on their individual merits. Ideally, applicants will:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by day 1 of the academic year (generally the beginning of February)
  • Have successfully completed secondary education (mature age applicants accepted on merit)
  • Have completed at least 12 months in an industry placement following secondary school
  • Have a strong desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industries

All applicants are required to have a VCE or equivalent qualification. Applicants that have not completed VCE or equivalent will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience.

The requirement for pre-entry experience is subjective based on the applicant’s circumstances. In some cases, it will be acceptable for an applicant to have completed their pre-entry experience on their home property. The preferred situation is that all applicants have had significant exposure to two or more farming systems, one of which may be the home property.

International students are required to be reasonably proficient in written and spoken English, at least equivalent to an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 520 or equivalent English language skills.


Marcus Oldham College
145 Pigdons Road
Geelong Victoria 3216
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