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Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Code: HEPIBAT Cricos: 070935F

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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

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, Eden Park and Yan Yean.

Rosé and shine

Graduates from this degree are capable of performing as highly-competent professionals in viticulture and winemaking anywhere in the global wine industry with real vineyard and winery experience.

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

Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

This program has responded to the COVID-19 restrictions by modifying its delivery to a blended model supporting remote learning. For the immediate term, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures, tutorials and seminars moved online.

A collaborative learning environment is created through the requirement of students to attend synchronous online sessions at the normal class times. These sessions are run through Moodle, our learning management system, and conferencing software (e.g. Zoom or Teams). This includes assessment wherever possible.

Alternative arrangements are being made for activities which must be conducted on-campus.

  • Class based
  • Combination

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.

Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
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
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
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 operation of agricultural equipment will be acquired through practical classes. 1 1
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
BAT204 Ecological Systems Core 2 2
BAT304 Applied Research Project 1 Core 3
BAT305 Applied Research Project 2 Core 3
BVW308 WINE MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY Elective This practical subject examines the role of micro-organisms in the production and spoilage of wine. 3 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
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
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
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
BVW306 WINE CHEMISTRY II Core This subject examines the basic principles and concepts of biochemistry and their relationship to viticulture and winemaking. 3 2
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
BAT309 Viticulture Engineering Core 3 2

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Per year $27636
Per semester $13818

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  • 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

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.

Applicants are required to provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in the Agriculture industry (voluntarily, informally, or as employment) and how this course will align with personal career goals.