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Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology Viticulture and Winemaking

VTAC Code: HEPIBAT CRICOS: 070935F VTAC Number: Epping 6900210422



3 years full time / 7 years part time


3 years

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Specialise in Winemaking with our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Viticulture and Winemaking Major)

Students of this course will learn about Viticulture and Winemaking through a biological, chemical, commercial and environmental lens, understanding the entire process from vine to shelf. Opportunities abound in Australia’s Viticulture and Winemaking industry and this qualification can lead to careers in Viticulture Research, Winemaking, Cellar and Vineyard Management or Wine Retail. Melbourne Polytechnic is the only metropolitan provider in Victoria that offers this course.

Career Pathways

Where will the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking take me?

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the Viticulture and Winemaking industry, in Australia and also overseas

  • Viticulture or Winemaking Researcher
  • Wine Educator
  • Viticulturist
  • Oeneologist (Winemaker)
  • Cellar Hand (Assistant Winemaker)
  • Cellar Manager
  • Vineyard Manager
  • Wine Exporter
  • Wine Retailer

Study Pathways

Successful completion means you could go on to undertake post-graduate courses including an Honours or Masters qualification.

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.

Class Schedule

Learn while you work! We offer a flexible delivery program in this major including online self-directed learning, workshop events and virtual evening classes in several subjects. Depending on subject selection, classes may be scheduled across:

  • 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 practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations, exams 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 1 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 knowledge of the Australian agricultural business environment focusing on principles of development, planning, operation and performance analysis as applied to rural business enterprises in local and global settings. Students will examine a variety of agricultural business types through a variety of experiential tasks and develop skills in the use of structured planning methods to identify business and marketing opportunities as well as skills in business plan development. 1 2
BAT102 Food Production in a Changing World Core This subject explores human food production, its current and future challenges from both Australian and global perspectives. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of human food production and the key factors driving change in food production systems. 1 2
BES110 Living Systems 2 Core Living Systems 2 builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Living Systems 1, which synthesises the fields of traditional biology and chemistry to explore the interrelationship of the two fields. Living Systems 2 extends concepts from the preceding subject into selected aspects of more advanced fields including genetics, metabolism, ecology and organic chemistry. 1 2
BVW209 Wine Evaluation 1 Core The objective of this subject is to introduce you to the principles and practices of the sensory evaluation of wine. During extensive practical wine tasting sessions, skills in wine assessment will be developed via palate training exercises that explore sight, smell, taste, flavour and mouth feel of the samples. 2
BVW203 Wine Chemistry 1 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
AEM306 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 Knowledge of technology used in global rural enterprises and agriculture technological will be explored with relevant industry examples. (1) Sensing systems which include a background to Global Positioning Systems, Geographical Information Systems, telemetry and drones, with examples of sensing applications such as environment, climate, plant, animal and soil (2) Modelling technologies will assist in providing productivity estimation and the final topic (3) Emerging technologies, will assist the student in developing skills in technology suitability assessment. 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 In this subject you will consolidate and extend your knowledge of plants and plant physiology, and examine the impact of, and interactions between, components of crop production. You will study the biological processes occurring in plants at a cellular level from seedling emergence to maturity. 2 2
BAT204 Ecological Systems Core This subject will develop and expand student knowledge and skills in ecological systems that are considered essential to an understanding of agricultural science, including its practical application and its relationship to the surrounding environment. A healthy ecological system is a key indicator of a sustainable environment. 2 2
BAT305 Applied Research Project 2 Core In this subject you will complete the second part of an applied research project initiated in the subject Applied Research Project 1. You will apply knowledge and skills to undertake a research project including: the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, adherence to ethics considerations, and the development of recommendations for industry. 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 In this subject you will develop knowledge and skills relevant to marketing of rural products and services along with matters of business management that can be applied in a broad range of contexts. Principles of marketing such as market segmentation, the 4 P's model - Price, Promotion, Place, and Product - and the marketing mix, will be used as a basis for the development of marketing plans and programs. 3 1
BAT304 Applied Research Project 1 Core This subject aims to develop students theoretical knowledge of the methods and relevant project management skills required to plan and undertake an applied research project in the primary industries field. 3 1
BAT308 Environmental Management Core This subject will provide you with the theoretical background and conceptual framework to undertake a critical analysis of selected contemporary issues in environmental management and conservation. 3 1
BVW302 Wine Production 2 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
BVW305 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 2
BVW306 Wine Chemistry 2 Elective 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
Melbourne Polytechnic's commitment to its students' success is unmatched. The educators here go above and beyond, investing not just in our education but also in our future endeavours.
Andrea Roberts-Davison
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture & Winemaking Graduate
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Fees & Costs

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Per year $20360
Per semester $10180
Per year $28480
Per semester $14240

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  • Australian Year 12 or equivalency, OR
  • Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher qualification in any discipline, OR
  • Satisfactory completion of one or more subjects in a degree or associate degree course, OR
  • Mature age applicant (21 years of age or over) with relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years; OR two years of high-level management experience; OR a combination of qualifications and industry experience. Supporting documents to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references.

Higher Education Admissions Criteria

As well as the specific entry requirements above, Melbourne Polytechnic admits students on the basis of the following categories:

If you have already studied higher education: Y ou may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.

If you have studied a VET course: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.

If you have recent secondary education: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.

If you have work and life experience: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

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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.

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