Bachelor's degree (validated by the Royal Agricultural University)

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If you are looking to gain a high-level career in the global wine trade, this unique, academically rigorous course will develop a strong framework for business management in this exciting industry. 

What does the course cover?

You’ll cover three academic strands in this fascinating course programme: general business management, the wine trade and wines of the world. You’ll get to cover interesting modules including contemporary issues in alcohol, new beverage development and launch, wine classification and wine distribution channels. On the business side, you’ll study economics and data management, finance, marketing and people management. In the wines of the world modules, you’ll have the chance to undertake in-depth research into the world’s key still, sparkling and fortified wine regions.   

What about industry links? 

Being so close to London, one of the world’s key marketplaces for wine provides a great opportunity for keeping up to speed with the latest developments in the wine trade. You’ll get to benefit from presentations delivered by wine trade professionals, such as managers of wine tourism companies and sales directors from nationwide on-trade specialists. During your work placement, you’ll get to develop links with industry, plus our students are regularly asked to assist at trade tastings. You’ll have several opportunities to attend fantastic study trips to European wine-producing regions. Additionally, you’ll be able to take the WSET Diploma as an additional qualification, as a number of first and second year modules correspond to the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications (please note that the cost of the WSET exams are additional to fees).   

Entry Requirements:

a. Minimum 18 years old on entry

b. 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science

c. A pass grade or higher at the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

d. Qualifications expected, usually in the form of:

  • 3 A-Levels at BBC grades
  • 104 UCAS points
  • or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas at DMM
  • or International Baccalaureate Diploma at 26 points
  • or relevant industrial experience if over 21 years of age.

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS level 6.0 overall with no less than level 5.5 in any component of the test.

Dates & Location:

September 2018


Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is P510.

The Wine Business degree is exciting, challenging and unique as it offers a broad spectrum of modules where the element of theory and practice come together. The in-depth modules covering management, marketing and psychology have given me a breadth and depth of knowledge of the wine industry’s history, structure and scope.

The course takes wine knowledge to the next level as apart from the understanding of wine production, the frequent tastings of a broad range of wines from around the world have enhanced my ability to taste, evaluate and analyse wine. The expert lecturers in Plumpton College encourage and create positive learning environment and are always willing to help and assist. This environment have helped me to develop my critical thinking and analytical skills and prepared me to pursue my future goals.

My advice to international students, as I have been one, is just go for it. It’s a great experience and is the only institution in the UK that will give you the knowledge, contacts and solid foundations about wine and wine industry.

Stefanos Xinaris

BA (Hons) Wine Business 3rd year


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

With the UK seen as the most dynamic of world wine markets, our UK wine qualifications are held in high regard. You’ll have lots of opportunities to network directly in the wine industry; creating job opportunities for you after graduation. You can look at potential careers such as a business development manager, independent retailer, logistics officer or sommelier either in the UK or abroad. After graduation you can choose to continue your studies at higher levels, including with the Institute of Masters of Wine.   


Level 4

  • Study and Research Skills
  • Operations Management for Wine Business
  • Grape Growing and Winemaking
  • Understanding Wine Styles
  • Wine Marketing
  • Introduction to the Wine Trade
  • Wine Sensory Evaluation

Level 5

  • Work Placement
  • Wines of the World
  • Strategic Management for Wine Business
  • English Wine and Tourism
  • Wine Sales and Social Responsibility
  • Spirits, Sparkling and Fortified Wines
  • Independent Enquiry (Elective)
  • Research Methods and Statistics (Elective)

Level 6

  • Research Project
  • The International Wine Trade
  • Anatomy of Wine Regions
  • Product Innovation and Consumer Behaviour

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