Global Wine Business

CPD Short Specialised Course

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This module will see students investigate the key building blocks of the global wine business, analysing the entire supply chain from vine to consumer. There will be a focus on comparing different business structures, major global organisations, stakeholders and global drinks trends.

This module will include:

  • History of the international wine trade
  • Wine business structures; principal functions and roles
  • Principal actors in the wine supply chain
  • Review of key organisations in both the domestic and global wine trade
  • Key aspects of day-to-day operations management for wine businesses
  • The economics of wine; supply and demand, pricing, payment, shipping options and importation methods
  • Contemporary trends in the global wine market

The outcomes of this module:

  • Critically analyse the types of companies operating in the global wine trade and describe their impact on the dynamics of the world of wine business.
  • Describe the impact that companies have on the dynamic of the world of wine business.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the factors affecting current trends in the global wine industry.
  • Evaluate and apply underlying concepts and principles of operations management in an organisational context
  • Analyse the key factors that impact the price and justify the range of products offered by a wine business

Course details

Dates & Location

Friday 13th September 2024 - Friday 23rd May 2025 

9:00am - 11:45am



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 ( / 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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