Foundation degree (validated by the Royal Agricultural University)

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What does the course cover?

In your first year, you’ll focus on vinegrowing, with modules such as grapevine biology, vineyard establishment and maintenance, and vineyard practical skills. In your second semester, you will enjoy spending a day a week in the vineyard, gaining practical experience in tasks such tractor driving, trellis repairs, and winter pruning. Your first year will also give you the chance to discover the foundations of winemaking, with modules in chemistry, grape processing, and wine analysis.

In your second year, you’ll focus on winemaking, working in the College winery for the harvest. You can look forward to completing a work placement in industry plus a research project, in addition to optional modules in business and wine science. If you get sufficiently high grades in key modules, you’ll be invited to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology at the end of your first or second year.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Certificate and Diploma are offered as optional additional qualifications.

Entry Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE: 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science
  • UCAS points: 56
  • A-level: CD
  • International Baccalaureate: 24
  • IELTS (for students with English as a second language): Level 6.0 overall with Level 5.5 in writing
  • WSET: Level 2 Award in Wines
  • Other: Access to HE Diploma in Science

Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is P600.

My dream was to become an independent wine-grower in southern France. Plumpton has not only equipped me with the knowledge to do that, it has also given me the conviction and self-belief to make it a reality

Amanda Thompson

Recent FdSc Wine Production graduate


You can be assured that in choosing Plumpton, you'll be studying in the heart of the South East of England's dynamic wine production industry and benefiting from our close proximity to the London wine trade. We manage 10 hectares of vineyards here - producing about 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wine each year. 

At our Plumpton Wine Centre, you'll discover our outstanding purpose-built facility consisting of a commercial winery, laboratories, research winery plus a wine sensory evaluation room for you to use throughout your studies. 

Future Opportunities

You will develop valuable vocational skills during this programme. Gaining a good depth of knowledge combined with strong practical vineyard and winery skills, you’ll have lots of opportunities to choose from after graduating. You could become a vineyard manager or winemaker either in the UK or in one of the other wine-producing countries across the globe or establish your own vineyard or winery. Plumpton graduates are now actively involved in the wine industry throughout Europe and in Australasia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.   


Level 4

Viticulture 1 (Core)

Oenology 1 (Core)

Vineyard Practical Skills (Core)

Wines of the World 1 (Core)

Study and Research Skills (Core)

Wine Sensory Evaluation (Core)

Level 5

Viticulture 2 (Core)

Oenology 2 (Core)

Winery Practical Skills (Core)

Work Placement (Core)

Business and Management for Wine Production (Core)

Independent Enquiry (Elective)

Research Methods and Statistics (Elective)

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