English Wine & Sustainability

CPD Specialised Short Course

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This module has a distinct focus on the English wine industry. Students will examine the history, establishment and structure of the English wine production business. Also investigated will be key producers and recent developments in the industry. The various areas of sustainability and its growing importance to the wine business will also be studied with a particular focus on the English wine industry.

This module will include:

  • History of the English wine production industry.
  • Wine production regulatory frameworks.
  • Industry structure, business models and key producer analysis.
  • Marketing and trade bodies.
  • Markets for English wine.
  • Trends and industry developments.
  • Tastings of key varieties.
  • Industry definitions and history of sustainability in the wine trade.
  • Types of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) and their relative importance to the wine trade.
  • Factors affecting the adoption of sustainability practices in the wine trade.

The outcomes of this module:

  • Identify, analyse and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the English wine industry.
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate a form of sustainability and review its current role in the English wine industry.
  • Recommend how the English wine industry can implement best practice relating to their sustainability channel based upon a successful international wine industry.

Course details

Dates & Location

Wednesday 22nd January - Wednesday 21st May 2025

09:00 - 11:45


This course is delivered at Plumpton College one half day per week.

UCAS Details

Typically full time university students will study 120 credits per year. Please note, you can do up to 45 credits of CPD short courses per academic year. If you would like to do more you will need to register on one of our degree programmes, either full time or part time.

If you want to do one of these CPD short courses for upskilling, you can apply today. If you would like to gain credit with the intention of later studying the full degree, please speak a member of our admissions team (enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk / 01273 890 454) first to ensure you meet the full course entry criteria. 

If you apply for interest upskilling only and don’t want to earn UCAS point and work towards the Plumpton Diploma, make your payment today. Alternatively, if you do want to work towards UCAS points and the Plumpton Diploma please check entry requirements before you pay and tick the box for working towards UCAS points.


Each semester costs £1,250 plus £110 material fees.

Entry Requirements

Applicable to each module

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system)
  • GCSE English at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system)

The following qualifications are recommended prior to applying:

  • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (Pass)
  • Level 3 qualification such as A Level (two subjects)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (MPP)
  • Access to HE in a related subject
  • We also consider applicants with relevant industry experience if over 21 years of age. 
  • Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS at 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing.

Applicants wishing to progress onto an undergraduate course would need to meet the minimum entry criteria for that specific course which typically includes a Level 3 qualification with UCAS Tariff points (56 points and above).

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