Foundation Diploma

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The course is particularly relevant for those already employed in vinegrowing or winemaking, but anyone who wants to establish their own small-to-medium-sized vineyard and winery would benefit.

Course outline

Study comprises of theory sessions in the classroom and practicals in the vineyard, winery and laboratory. With a focus on vinegrowing in the first year, you will cover vineyard establishment and management, including tractor driving and vine pruning. You will also learn vital underpinning knowledge relating to winemaking, including chemistry and wine analysis.


In the second year, you will develop a deeper understanding of theoretical and practical winemaking, spending half day per week in the winery, assisting in the production of the College’s award-winning wines. There are also several opportunities to undertake study tours to European vineyards.

Attendance is normally on a one day per week basis, except for the Wine Analysis module, which is delivered as an intensive four-day course.

Entry Requirements:

Typical entry requirements are 2 A-levels (grade D) or L3 Extended Diploma (MPP) or IB (min 24 points) or Relevant industrial experience if over 21 years of age.

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).

Duration:

2 years part-time

The course is stimulating and relevant. I particularly like the commitment and enthusiasm of my fellow students, which is contagious. 

Graham Shaw

Recent FDip Wine Production graduate

Facilities

  • Studying at Plumpton gives you the chance to enjoy time at the heart of the South East of England’s wine production industry.
  • We’ve got 10 hectares of vineyards producing 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wines each year at Plumpton.
  • We’ve also got a purpose-built Plumpton Wine Centre which includes a commercial winery, research winery, laboratories and a sensory evaluation room for you to experience.
  • Combined with our team of international expert lecturers, you’ll certainly gain an excellent all-round experience at Plumpton.

Future Opportunities

Graduates are well-equipped for employment in vineyard management, winemaking and associated professions, both in the UK and throughout the world.

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