Plumpton College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University

Wine Production

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Course summary

This programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and technical skills required to become a professional vine grower and winemaker. In addition to classes on theory and science of grape growing and winemaking, you will actively participate in the production of the College’s award-winning wine in our well-equipped commercial vineyards and winery. The course also contains a work placement in industry and an independent research project. This programme is unique in the UK.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4): Vineyard Establishment Fundamentals of Wine Science Vineyard Practical Skills Study and Research Skills Understanding Wine Styles Wine Sensory Evaluation Year 2 (Level 5): Vineyard Management Wine Production and Analysis Winery Practical Skills Work Placement Independent Enquiry (elective) Research Methods and Statistics (elective) A key feature of this Foundation degree is the time devoted to the gaining of practical skills through work-based learning. Students will gain work-based experience through the practical skills modules at both Level 4 (Vineyard practical skills) and Level 5 (Winery practical skills), which are delivered within the Plumpton Estate vineyards and winery respectively. In addition, students complete a 30-credit Work placement module, delivered at Level 5, which requires a minimum of 150 hours work within the wine production industry, undertaken either during the academic year or during the summer vacation between stages 1 and 2. The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Certificate and Diploma are offered as optional additional qualifications.

Assessment method

This programme is assessed through a combination of exams, practicals and coursework. Please refer to the institution's website for a modular assessment information.

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. Minimum C grade in English & Maths at GCSE level 3. A pass grade or higher at the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 4. Qualifications expected, usually in the form of: • A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.) • Or relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at PPM • Or International Baccalaureate at 24 points • Or Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. Students aged 21 or over, with relevant industrial experience, but without the minimum academic qualifications, will be eligible for entry. This will be assessed at interview using portfolio evidence and employer references.

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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.
Wine Production at Plumpton College - UCAS