Vineyard Establishment

CPD Short Specialised Course

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This module enables students to investigate the vineyard environment (physical, climatic and pedologic) and explore the origins, biology and geography of the grapevine. They will then learn the underlying principles of vineyard establishment and apply them to a specific commercial scenario.

This module will include:

  • The key aspects of the vineyard environment; weather, climate, soil, topography and their interactions with the grapevine.
  • An introduction to the grapevine, encompassing the evolution and classification of the vine, together with a review of its structure, function and phenology.
  • World viticulture.
  • The process of establishing a vineyard for the production of still and sparkling wine, including; site assessment, site preparation and planting, trellis design and materials.

The outcomes of this module:

  • Explain how the grapevine interacts with its environment.
  • Identify the structural features of the grapevine and describe their function.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the grapevine and its environment to make recommendations for successful vineyard establishment.

Course details

Dates & Location

Thursday 12th September 2024 - Thursday 22nd May 2025

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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