Bachelor's degree (subject to validation by the Royal Agricultural University)

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What does the course cover?

You will get to actively participate in the maintenance of our 10-hectare vineyards and in the production of our award-winning wine. During your course, you’ll cover all aspects of wine production and related biological sciences, including practical vinegrowing and winemaking, viticulture and oenology theory, wine sensory evaluation and wine analysis. In your final stage of your degree, you will also get to carry out an independent research project.

In order to develop your winemaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of the factors that affect the quality of wine production, you’ll get to select a placement in a commercial winery for the vintage period in your final year of study. This could take place in the UK, Europe or further afield. Some of our students complete their vintage placement in California, where we have developed strong contacts.

Entry Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE: 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science
  • UCAS points: 104
  • A-level: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 26
  • 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: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is P610.

This is the ideal degree for anyone who wishes to develop an interest in wine and make a career in this field. 

Will Smithers

Recent BA (Hons) Viticulture and Oenology 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

This course opens up a wealth of opportunities for you within the industry. You could choose to become a cellar manager, oenologist, research scientist, vineyard manager, wine educator or winemaker. Alternatively, you could choose to continue your studies to a higher level in Oenology and Viticulture related fields. You’ll be joining our excellent alumni who have gone on to succeed in the growing UK wine industry and across the globe in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal or 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)

Research Methods and Statistics (Core)

Business and Management for Wine Production 1 (Core)

Sparkling Wine Production (Elective)

Spirits and Speciality Wines (Elective)

Level 6

Viticulture 3 (Core)

Oenology 3 (Core)

Level 6 Project (Core)

Business and Management for Wine Production 2 (Core)

Vintage Winemaking Placement (Elective)

Summer Vineyard Placement (Elective)

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