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Agriculture and Technology

Bachelor Of

Code: HEPIBAT Cricos: 070935F







full time / part time


full time / part time



Next Intake

February, July, Midyear

I’ll drink to that!

The Viticulture and Winemaking Major is a hands-on, industry-focused vocational degree, taking advantage of Melbourne Polytechnic’s on-campus winery, laboratories and teaching facilities. You’ll learn everything about winemaking from grape to glass and have the opportunity to release a commercial wine before you even graduate.

Grape expectations

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you’ll be part of a winemaking history that has earned over 70 industry awards. Our programs are designed and taught by industry experts to provide the knowledge needed to work across the wine industry. You’ll have access to world-class facilities, including two fully-operational wineries and over 40 hectares of vineyards located at Ararat, the Yarra Valley, Eden Park and Yan Yean.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the Viticulture and Winemaking industry, in Australia and also overseas
  • Viticulturalist
  • Oeneologist (Winemaker)
  • Cellar Hand (Assistant Winemaker)
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Cellar Manager
  • Vineyard Manager
  • Wine Exporter
  • Wine Retailer


Successful completion means you could go on to undertake post-graduate courses, particular a Masters degree in Agriculture

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments

Units of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
AGR3VE VITICULTURE ENGINEERING Core Concepts of viticulture engineering practices in commercial viticulture operations and the safe operation of facilities and equipment. Evaluate new information, concepts and techniques relating to viticulture engineering and investigate the management of engineering problems in the vineyard. 3 1
BVW303 THE AUSTRALIAN WINE INDUSTRY AND ITS WINES Elective This subject explores topics including the history, current practices, products, economy, marketing, industry structures and regulation of the Australian wine industry, through both theory and wine evaluation. 3 2
SCI2INP INDUSTRY PLACEMENT Core The industry placement provides opportunities to consolidate knowledge, enhance skills and to gain perspectives and skills essential for employment in the industry. Practical experiences and application of scientific and business theory in a commercial agricultural environment will assist students to critically evaluate technical and generic aspects of the agricultural sector. 2 1
BAT205 Future Farming Technologies Core 2 1
BAT101 Agricultural Systems and Technology Core This subject introduces traditional and modern farming systems, Australian agricultural enterprises, markets, and agricultural technologies. Knowledge of the key concepts of farming systems and how they elate to climate, concepts of composition and landscapes will be covered. Agricultural practical skills that are based on generic examples, as well as being enterprise specific, will be examined and the safe peration of agricultural equipment will be acquired through practical classes. 1 1
BAT204 Ecological Systems Core 2 2
TER102 Language and Logic Core This subject introduces students to the ways of learning in an academic context. It focuses on the critical reading skills required to understand and engage with academic texts and the writing skills required for higher education. Academic skills will be gained through a range of printed and visual material including textbooks, newspapers, scholarly articles, blogs and documentaries. 1 1
BVW207 INTERNATIONAL WINE STYLES Elective This subject explores international wine styles, the characteristics of various international wines and the techniques used in their evaluation and assessment. This subject involves intensive weekly tasting sessions. 3 2
BAT304 Applied Research Project 1 Core 3
BES109 Living Systems I Core This subject is a synthesis of traditional biology and chemistry that reflects the interrelationship of the two fields. Traditional chemistry concepts are explored through their role in biological systems. 1 1
BVW109 VINEYARD MANAGEMENT I Core This hands-on subject examines the annual production management cycle of a vineyard and the factors that influence yield and quality of grapes and wine. 1 2
BAT308 Environmental Management Core 3 1
BVW302 WINE PRODUCTION II Elective This subject explores traditional techniques and emerging international practices in winemaking. During this subject students will guide the production of a commercial wine, from the creation of wine production proposals, to setting grape harvesting parameters, and all stages of production all the way through to labelling. 3 2
BAT305 Applied Research Project 2 Core 3
BAT309 Viticulture Engineering Core 3 2
BVW214 Plant Physiology Core This subject examines how plants grow together, the behaviour of plants in response to natural and artificial influences and the impact of, and interactions between, components of crop production. 2 2
BAT102 Food Production in a Changing World Core This subject is designed to give participants a strong appreciation for human food production and its challenges from both Australian and global perspectives. The subject will examine the evolution of food production and factors driving change, such as global population dynamics. Advances in knowledge and technology and globalization of markets will be examined, as will concepts such as food security, climate change, and agro-ecosystem resilience. 1 2
BES110 Living Systems 2 Core This subject extends concepts from Living Systems I into advanced fields including metabolism, ecology, organic chemistry and water analysis. 1 2
BVW308 WINE MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY Elective This practical subject examines the role of micro-organisms in the production and spoilage of wine. 3 1
BVW203 WINE CHEMISTRY I Core This practical subject examines the chemical constituents of wine and wine products and the chemical reactions that take place during production and maturation. By the conclusion of the subject students will be competent in undertaking most standard winery analyses. 2 1
BVW306 WINE CHEMISTRY II Core This subject examines the basic principles and concepts of biochemistry and their relationship to viticulture and winemaking. 3 2
BVW211 VINE PHYSIOLOGY AND GRAPE PRODUCTION Elective This subject provides students with a thorough understanding of the biochemical mechanisms that convert vineyard practices into grape and wine properties. 2 2
BVW213 Rural Business Management Core This subject develops the student’s knowledge of financial requirements and marketing principles as applied to rural enterprises. 1 2
BVW110 INTRODUCTORY WINEMAKING Core This subject introduces the concepts of vintage, major wine types and styles, production techniques and the materials and decisions that affect wine style. During the subject students will control the production of their own wine, from harvesting through to bottling. 1 1
BVW318 WINE MARKETING Core This subject explores the sale, marketing and promotion of wine grape and wine and the steps in evaluating the effectiveness of marketing strategies. This study involves the creation of a full marketing strategy and campaign, including label and website production. 3 1
AEM201 STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Core This subject introduces the student to statistical concepts and techniques and their application in management and decision making. 2 2

Fees & Costs

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

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  • Academic: Australian Year 12 or equivalent, to include mathematics, and one of either chemistry or biology, OR
  • satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
  • mature age applicants (21 years of age or over) relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Supporting document to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references
  • English: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no individual band below 5.5, or Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
  • Note: All applicants must complete a phone or skype interview as part of the selection process