Foundation degree

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With a strong practical emphasis, you’ll be very much involved in the production of the college’s award-winning wine in our well-equipped commercial vineyards and winery. 

What does the course cover?

In your first year, you’ll focus on vinegrowing, with modules such as grapevine biology, vineyard establishment and maintenance, and vineyard practical skills. In your second semester, you’ll enjoy spending a day a week in the vineyard, gaining practical experience in tasks such tractor driving, trellis repairs, and winter pruning. Your first year will also give you the chance to discover the foundations of winemaking, with modules in chemistry, grape processing, and wine analysis. In your second year, you’ll focus on winemaking, working in the College winery for the harvest. You can look forward to completing a work placement in industry plus a research project, in addition to optional modules in business and wine science. If you get sufficiently high grades in key modules, you’ll be invited to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology at the end of your first or second year.   

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 www.wset.co.uk for further details) - this course is available twice yearly. 

Duration:

Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D360

My dream was to become an independent wine-grower in southern France. Plumpton has not only equipped me with the knowledge to do that, it has also given me the conviction and self-belief to make it a reality

Amanda Thompson

Recent FdSc Wine Production graduate

Facilities

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

You will develop valuable vocational skills during this programme. Gaining a good depth of knowledge combined with strong practical vineyard and winery skills, you’ll have lots of opportunities to choose from after graduating. You could become a vineyard manager or winemaker either in the UK or in one of the other wine-producing countries across the globe or establish your own vineyard or winery. Plumpton graduates are now actively involved in the wine industry throughout Europe and in Australasia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.   

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