Vineyard Engineering and Operations

CPD Short Specialised Course

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This module enables students to evaluate key vineyard operations and associate equipment, including:

  • Utilisation of tractors and tractor-mounted implements in the vineyard.
  • Grape harvesting.
  • Site establishment and maintenance.
  • Vineyard floor management.
  • Grapevine winter pruning.
  • Vineyard health and safety.

This module will include:

  • The majority of this module will be delivered on-site in the Plumpton Estate vineyards, where grapes are grown for the production of both still and sparkling wines. As part of professional practice, students will keep accurate vineyard records and apply relevant occupational health and safety considerations.
  • Students will receive formative feedback on their performance in vineyard operations, then by means of a case study, students will assess key vineyard operations and machinery.

The outcomes of this module:

  • Evaluate key vineyard operations.
  • Identify appropriate equipment for a particular vineyard.
  • Apply the principles of winter pruning.
  • Employ professional practices within a vineyard setting.

Course details

Dates & Location

Tuesday 10th September 2024 - Tuesday 20th May 2025

09:00 - 11:45 OR 13:15 - 16:00


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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