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You’ll explore the wine trade; focusing on business planning, development and marketing, plus modules that link to the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications. You’ll also have the opportunity to study for your WSET Diploma as an additional qualification (the cost of exam entry is additional to fees). 

What does the course cover?

You’ll gain a strong academic framework for business management in the wine industry. In your first year, you’ll cover food and wine matching, principles of grape-growing and winemaking, and business modules including data management, finance, marketing, an overview of the wine trade, and people management. In your second year you’ll get to study the world’s key still, sparkling and fortified wine-producing regions in greater depth. This will be backed up with business-related modules including wine communications, wine marketing and strategy, and wine sales. You’ll also complete compulsory project and work placement modules.   

Entry Requirements:

Typical entry requirements are 2 A-levels (grade D) or L3 Extended Diploma (PMM) or IB (min 26 points)

Added to our normal entry requirements, you'll need to have successfully completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 award (see for further details) - this course is available twice yearly. 


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D690

Plumpton is an ideal learning environment, classes are varied and stimulating, and the student body is really diverse in age and background. 

Daria Ershova

Current BA student


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 being seen as the most dynamic of world wine markets, UK wine qualifications are certainly held in high regard. You’ll have many opportunities to network directly in the wine industry throughout your course – opening up job opportunities for you after graduation. Many of our successful graduates have gone on to very rewarding careers: business development manager, global wine buyer, independent retailer or sommelier.  You can also choose to continue your studies and top up to your BA (Hons) Wine Business qualification. 

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