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University Pathways

Develop higher level, cutting edge knowledge and skills required for employment in tomorrow’s technology driven Agribusiness, Cropping and Livestock industries. 

At Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, our goal is to ensure our graduates are ready to hit the ground running in the agricultural and pastoral sectors. For some students however, further study at university is the next step to achieving their career ambitions – and we can assist with that too.

Bachelor of Agriculture – CQ University*

Our innovative Bachelor of Agriculture partnership with CQUniversity, prepares our graduates for success in the real world, like no-one else can. 

Combining QATC’s renowned hands-on experience with CQUniversity’s leading academic programs, gives our graduates the advantage of two highly regarded qualifications instead of one, significantly improving career prospects.

The first year of study in the Bachelor of Agriculture is delivered principally by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, with a focus on hands-on learning in our full-scale working agricultural enterprises.

The development of real world, practical skills builds a strong foundation allowing students to move confidently into their academic study and industry placement during the remainder of the Bachelor of Agriculture program. Years two and three of the degree are delivered by CQUniversity, with an option for fourth year Honours also available.

In addition to a Bachelor of Agriculture, graduates can also apply to be awarded an AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture from Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges based on the practical skills acquired during their first year.

Our partnership with CQUniversity means that students who complete an AHC32810 Certificate III in Rural Operations with us can apply for direct entry into the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture - a great opportunity for those wishing to advance from vocational training through to tertiary studies.

Entry into the CQUniversity Bachelor of Agriculture is offered at Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Emerald.

More information can be found in the CQUniversity Bachelor or Agriculture fact sheet (PDF, 847 KB).

*This information is for Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents. 

Other Universities

Students wanting to attend the University of New England (UNE) can benefit from our articulation agreement with UNE. Specific units in our online AHC50110 Diploma of Agriculture or AHC51410 Diploma of Agribusiness Management can provide an alternative study pathway into the UNE Bachelor of Agrifood Systems, leading to career options in the food and fibre production industries. 

For all other universities, credit transfer may also be available from our online AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture or AHC51416 Diploma of Agribusiness Management. Students who successfully complete either qualification with us can apply for credit in agricultural degrees offered through other universities.

This potentially means less study time for you, and the added benefit of a practical, real world experience before heading into more academic-based study at university.

Students will need to approach their chosen university to discuss their credit arrangements.

Complement your tertiary studies 

QATC also offer a diverse range of short courses and workshops in areas such as farm machinery operation, chemical accreditation, and vehicle washdown and weed control, which assist in developing practical skills to complement university study.


Use our Course Finder to explore the right course for you.