Agribusiness - Level 3 (Semester 1)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: C. Hays

Agribusiness is defined as a course of study that integrates all the primary industries and businesses. Primary industries include: agriculture, aquaculture, dairy manufacturing, equine, forestry, horticulture, seafood, and sports turf and form the basis of modern primary production.

Primary industry businesses, often called agribusinesses, include companies that are involved along the whole value chain including the manufacture, production operations, storage, processing, distribution of product and supplies, marketing of primary products and items made from them, along with support industries.

Course material is based around newly created Agribusiness achievement standards developed under four strands, Science and technology, Innovation, Management and finance and Marketing. Virtual classroom technology will allow us to bring the sector to the students through a variety of online links to farms, key industry businesses, speakers from across the sector and tertiary institutions.

Through the focused learning of agribusiness, students engage in future and innovative thinking and develop problem-solving strategies and lifelong skills. They build knowledge of the whole operation, and are encouraged to find innovative solutions to challenging operational issues.

Course Overview

Term 1
Future Proofing Strategies
- involves analysing future proofing strategies to ensure long term viability of a business.
- Future proofing strategies are courses of action that address influences on a business and may affect long term viability of the business. The strategies could be innovative and revolutionary.

Innovation in the Value Chain
- analysing how a product meets market needs through innovation in the value chain.
Innovation refers to a new method, resource, idea or product that results in adding value. Examples include:
• transparent value chains
• biosecurity methods
• apps for digital devices
• GPS trackers and drones for delivery
• precision horticulture
• business collaborations

Value chain refers to a set of activities in a process in order to deliver a product or service to the market from producer to consumer. Examples include:
• processor/manufacturer
• consumer distribution
• market research
• product research and development
• promotion
• quality control

Term 2
Financing Options for Capital Purchases
- analysing the effect of financing options of a strategic capital expenditure decision on a business.
- this includes evaluating the consequence(s) using financial and non-financial information, and justifying the best option for the business. The justification includes evaluating the impact of this option on the business.

Term 3

Term 4

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Field trips $50


Students must have a genuine interest in Agriculture, and be willing to apply this interest to business situations.

Credit Information

This course is approved for University Entrance.
For a full list of UE approved subjects, go here:

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91871 v1 Agribusiness 3.10 - Analyse how a product meets market needs through innovation in the value chain
Term: 1, Week: 7
4r *
A.S. 91870 v1 Agribusiness 3.9 - Analyse the effect of financing options of a strategic capital expenditure decision on a business
Term: 1, Week: 6
A.S. 91869 v1 Agribusiness 3.8 - Analyse future proofing strategies to ensure long term viability of a business
Term: 2, Week: 10
4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 12

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Pathway Tags

Leads to tertiary study / apprenticeships in agriculture

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