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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

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Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking (Level 7)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 25-January-2021
Campus:
Marlborough Campus
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Course details

Summary

You will gain an in-depth, professional degree covering both growing grapes (viticulture) and winemaking. It includes a six-week practical vintage, vineyard experience and a final year research project.

Mix with industry and researchers

You will be taught by well qualified, industry experienced staff and Plant and Food Research scientists. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the industry because the programme was developed in consultation with key industry players including Pernod Ricard, Indevin, Wither Hills, Water Force, Wine Marlborough and Plant and Food Research.

The right programme for you

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking is suitable for you whether you are a high school graduate, you are wishing to change careers, or you are currently working in the wine industry and want to gain a qualification while in your existing employment.

You can study full, part time or online. If you want to study online, you must be working in industry and need to complete residential schools in Marlborough for 5 courses (4-5 days each) over the degree.

The first two years of the programme (Levels 5 and 6) are the compulsory courses. In your last year at level 7 you will have an opportunity to choose electives.

Career opportunities & pathways

After you successfully graduate you could gain employment as a viticulturist, a research and development technician, vineyard manager or owner, wine marketer or winemaker or assistant winemaker. You could also go onto further study.

Industry based learning

Off-site practical and workplace components are designed to provide you with practical experience and involve placement in a wine industry work environment which is actively supervised by competent and experienced workers and directed towards specific educational goals and skills training.

The Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking programme includes two compulsory Industry Practice courses, which include workplace components (work-based training),

  • BVW506 Industry Practice - Vineyard – 100 hours total spread over peak periods through winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
  • BVW606 Industry Practice – Winery – 300 hours total spread across Wine Vintage in autumn, which usually is 7-8 weeks depending on the season.
  • BVW706 Applied Industry Project course at Level 7 - 300 hours total which can be spread across a Wine Vintage or other seasonal activity.

You will spend this time working in industry to learn new skills and concepts as well as apply campus based learning in off-site practical and workplace environments. You may also be conducting research.

Entry criteria

  • Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to the achievement of NCEA Level 3. If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), NMIT will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    OR

    Any Level 4 qualification in a related field.

English language requirements

All applicants must have a standard of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English must have:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), issued within the last two years or equivalent.
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score 66

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the Programme where they supply evidence to satisfy the Academic Committee of their ability to succeed on the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking.

Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience , may be approved for alternate entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning.

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