Plumpton College

BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology Top-up Plumpton College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Brighton


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Course summary

The overall aim of the BSc (Hons) Viticulture and Oenology is to develop the range of academic and transferable skills associated with an education in Viticulture and Oenology thus equipping graduates for either subject-related or wider employment opportunities in the wine industry.

This top-up is only for students who have successfully completed the FdSc Wine Production foundation degree. The top-up year will -

  • Provide students with an opportunity to place their subject-specific and wider learning within an industrial context.

  • Allow students to develop a deeper knowledge and critical understanding of chosen aspects of viticulture and wine production

  • Provide students with an opportunity to evaluate different approaches to solving problems in the complex interlinked biochemical systems found in vineyards and wineries

  • Enable students to develop independence in their learning

  • Require students to design, implement and communicate the results of an independent specialist research study on topic related to wine

The top-up contains in-depth theoretical modules in viticulture, oenology, microbiology, as well as optional modules in sustainability and viticulture management. The vintage winemaking placement module undertaken at the start of the programme requires students to complete an extensive work placement in a commercial winery, which provides a vocational overview of their studies. Placements are organised by students but are supported by tutors, alumni and significant database of work placement providers. Finally, the top-up contains a 40-credit research project, where the student displays the ability to study independently in an area of particular interest within wine production.

Please note, this is a full-time one year programme.

Course details


Modules include core and optional modules - students must undertake 120 credits:
Core Modules:
Research project (40 credits)
Oenology (20 credits)
Grape berry composition & development (20 credits)
Wine microbiology (10 credits)
Vintage winemaking placement (10 credits)
Optional Modules:
Wine analysis 3 (10 credits)
Sustainable wine production (10 credits)
Wine sensory evaluation 3 (10 credits)

Assessment method

Research project, coursework, exams and practicals.

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code D637
Institution code P59
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

Entry requirements:
FdSc Wine Production

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for UK/EU students for 19/20 are £9,000. International fees apply for international students.

Provider information

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Plumpton College
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Course contact details

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