Plumpton College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University

Viticulture & Oenology

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Course summary

Plumpton College is the UK’s centre of excellence for education, training and research in wine, and delivers the only European undergraduate degree in wine production taught in English. Throughout the course you will study the science and theories that underpin successful grape growing and winemaking, including the relevant chemistry, biology and microbiology. There is a strong practical focus to the course; you will actively participate in the production of the College’s award-winning wine in our well-equipped commercial vineyard and winery. The programme includes classes on how to evaluate wine through tastings and laboratory analysis. In order to develop your winemaking skills, you will undertake a placement in a commercial winery for the vintage period in your final year of study. This could take place in the UK, Europe or further afield. Graduates from this course have become vineyard managers, winemakers, wine buyers, cellar managers, wine educators, project scientists and oenologists not just in the UK, but around the world. For part-time study, please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4): Vineyard Establishment Fundamentals of Wine Science Vineyard Engineering and Operations Study and Research Skills Understanding Wine Styles Wine Sensory Evaluation Year 2 (Level 5): Vineyard Management Wine Production and Analysis Winery Engineering and Operations Research Methods and Statistics Wine Production Business Environment Sparkling Wine Production (elective) English Wine and Tourism (elective) Year 3 (Level 6): Viticulture Oenology Research Project Vintage Winemaking Placement (elective) Summer Vineyard Placement (elective) Business and Management for Wine Production

Assessment method

Coursework, examinations and practicals.

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements are as follows: 1. Minimum 18 years old on entry 2. 5 x GCSE (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: • 3 A-Levels at BCC grades • Minimum of 104 UCAS points • or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas at DMM • or International Baccalaureate Diploma at 26 points • or relevant industrial experience if over 21 years of age.

Additional entry requirements


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.
Viticulture & Oenology at Plumpton College - UCAS