Plumpton College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University

Wine Business

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Course summary

This course is designed specifically for students who want to work in the wine trade or start their own wine-related business. It combines a practical and theoretical understanding of core business skills, the wine trade and wines of the world up to WSET Diploma level. This course also includes a work placement module, numerous guest speakers and opportunities to visit European vineyards.

Course details


This is a unique course to the United Kingdom. The programme is built upon three core themes that run throughout the degree, namely business skills, the UK wine trade and wine appreciation. The programme structure for a full-time student, completing the course over two years is as follows: Year 1 - 120 credits (Level 4) Year 2 - 120 credits (Level 5) Full module information is available on our website. Below is an outline of the modules per year: Year 1: • Study and Research Skills • The Operation of a Wine Business • Grape Growing and Winemaking • Understanding Wine Styles • Wine Marketing • UK Wine Business • Wine Sensory Evaluation Year 2: • Independent Enquiry • Work Placement • Wines of the World • Brand Management in the Drinks Industry (elective) • English Wine and Tourism (elective) • Wine Sales and Social Responsibility • Research Methods and Statistics (elective) • Spirits, Sparkling and Fortified Wines (elective)

Assessment method

Coursework, practicals and examinations. Module sheets with assessment information is available on our website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS level 6.0 overall with no less than level 5.5 in any component of the test.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

1. Minimum age 18 years old (on entry) 2. 5 x GSSE (minimum grade C/4) including English, Maths and Science 3. A pass grade or higher at the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 4. Qualifications expected, usually in the form of: • 2 A-levels at grade CD (or above) • 56 UCAS points • or relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at MPP • or International Baccalaureate at 24 points • or relevant industrial experience if over 21 years of age Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS level 6.0 overall with no less than level 5.5 in any component of the test.

English language requirements

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS level 6.5 overall with level 6.0 in writing.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International fees apply for international students - please contact the provider directly.
Wine Business at Plumpton College - UCAS