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Undergraduate Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking

Code: HEUGCVM

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Overview

Campus
Campus
Duration

12 months part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

July

Regretfully, we are no longer accepting enrolments into this course. The undergraduate certificate was initiated as an interim measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been discontinued by the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).

What are my options?

You may wish to consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Viticulture and Winemaking Major) as an alternative.

The discontinued Undergraduate Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking consisted of four of the Bachelor subjects, with the same subject learning outcomes and assessments.

Should you prefer not to commit to the full three years of study with the Bachelor qualification, you have the option to exit with an Associate Degree of Agriculture and Technology (Viticulture and Winemaking Major) after two years.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor (and Associate) are the same as for Undergraduate Certificate. The Bachelor can be studied full-time or part-time.

Career Pathways

Where will the Undergraduate Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking take me?

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this certificate, you will be eligible for entry to our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Viticulture and Winemaking).

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 and tutorials offered online or face-to-face.

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 online learning management system and conferencing software called Zoom.

  • Class based
  • Combination

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
AGR201 Wine Evaluation 1 Elective The objective of this subject is to introduce students to the principles and practices for 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. A unique and comprehensive set of wines will be tasted across various quality categories. 1
ALM110 Agronomy 1 Elective In this subject you will develop knowledge in the practice of agronomy as an activity that underpins plant production practices in sustainable agriculture. Different options for crop and pasture establishment and management will be explored as well as conventional, alternative and sustainable systems for plant management. 1 1
BAT101 Agricultural systems and technology Elective This subject introduces a range of Australian agricultural production systems and associated technologies, including aquaculture, viticulture, horticulture, cropping and livestock systems. Knowledge of key concepts of each industry, from production-cycle, agribusiness and agro-ecological perspectives will be developed. Contemporary issues facing Australian agricultural systems, including production limitations, market challenges, environmental sustainability, and issues of social license will be explored. 1 1
AGR100 Winemaking 1 Core In this subject, students will develop knowledge and skills relevant to production of wine, from the grape to preparation for bottling. Students will also gain knowledge of major wine types and styles: red, white, dessert and fortified, and will develop an understanding of, and gain experience in, the relevant technical aspects of red and white wine production including destemming, crushing, fermentation, pressing and juice clarification techniques. Malolactic fermentation, maturation regimes, racking, fining and filtration options for both red and white wines will also be explored. Workplace safety in wineries will be discussed. 1 1
BVW213 Rural Business Management Elective 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 Elective 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
AGR200 Plant Pests and Pathogens Elective This subject explores the current frontiers of research and development of a range of commercially relevant plant pests and diseases. Students will learn the underpinning theory about disease and pest identification using a mix of traditional and modern identification techniques. Plant damage assessment techniques will be taught and practised. The relationships between the host and pest/pathogen interactions will be explored. 1 2
AGR101 Vineyard Management Core This subject focuses on key aspects of the annual cycle of vineyard operations. Students will explore physiological and environmental aspects relevant to yield and quality of grapes and wine. Vine physiology, nutrition and health will be considered along with the impact of climate and weather events, soil types, light, water and crop load on the harvest. 1 2
The faculty members at Melbourne Polytechnic were not just educators; they were mentors who understood the demands of balancing studies with real-world experiences. Their support was instrumental as I pursued part-time jobs in cellar doors and vineyards.
Andrea Roberts-Davison
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture & Winemaking Graduate
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Fees & Costs

Fee-paying Places

Per year $10180
Per semester $5090
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

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Requirements

Academic:
  • 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 applicants (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 document 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.

Read more about higher education admissions criteria.

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 year 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.

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.

Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

Find out more about Melbourne Polytechnic’s commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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