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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 2; Session 2; Session 1 201860; 201760; 201830
Session 2; Session 2; Session 1 201860; 201760; 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Our Bachelor of Wine Science combines agribusiness, science, viticulture and wine production subjects and offers you the scientific background in chemistry, microbiology and plant sciences that underpins applied wine production and viticulture studies.

A sensory and scientific journey

Uncover the sensory characteristics of wines and develop your scientific approach to produce winning ranges. During this course you will learn how taste, texture and smell influence the wine tasting experience and apply your knowledge to your own winemaking.

Apply technologies to innovate

Hone your understanding of the science and technology of wine through wine production, wine microbiology, wine chemistry and winery engineering. Discover the techniques to emphasise styles of winemaking and learn how these influence wine structure and quality.

Build a career with a global future

CSU's presence in the wine industry is significant, with more than 1000 graduates of our wine and viticulture courses now occupying positions in the Australian and international wine industries.

Learn at your own place and pace

Combine coursework with real-life experience – apply your new knowledge to your current wine industry role. Take the opportunity to test your learning in an international context with an overseas placement.

Students are eligible for student membership to the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology.

Graduated students are eligible for full membership to the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology.

Students are eligible for student membership to the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology.

Graduated students are eligible for full membership to the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology.

CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science includes a workplace learning subject that allows you to complete the equivalent of four weeks of placement with an agribusiness, service or retail organisation. This placement may be taken with your current employer, if you work in a relevant industry, or you can pursue a placement that aligns with your career aspirations.

During your work placement, you will investigate and reflect upon the context and processes of management and/or production (relevant to your course) in the work environment you observe and experience, analyse outcomes and formulate solutions to issues you identify.

Generally the placement will be completed towards the end of your course, so you can apply all the knowledge and techniques you have learned in earlier subjects.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

AHT274 Industry Practice

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

CHM107 Chemistry 1B
WSC406 Wine Microbiology
VIT211 Viticultural Science
ENG210 Food and Beverage Engineering
WSC301 Wine Production 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
PSC103 Botany
PSC104 Soil Science
WSC405 Wine Chemistry
CHM115 Chemistry 1A
WSC111 Grape and Wine Science
WSC312 Wine Science 2
WSC201 Wine Production 1
WSC310 Wine Sensory Assessment

Students have access to an array of on campus facilities during residential schools, including:

  • state-of-the-art laboratories
  • an extensive and well equipped experimental winery
  • tasting rooms for state-of-the-art wine sensory assessment
  • extensive computer facilities.

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

Build your own venture

Apply your learning to create your own boutique winery venture. Develop an individualised style of wine to set your brand apart from competitors.

Oversee winemaking at some of the world's largest brands

Be responsible for the style and quality of each bottle produced, working at the intersection between production and cellar door. Develop new brands of wine and co-ordinate production and distribution for your brand.

Drive innovation

Build a career in research investigating evolving technologies, new techniques, brands and blends.

Build your own venture

Apply your learning to create your own boutique winery venture. Develop an individualised style of wine to set your brand apart from competitors.

Oversee winemaking at some of the world's largest brands

Be responsible for the style and quality of each bottle produced, working at the intersection between production and cellar door. Develop new brands of wine and co-ordinate production and distribution for your brand.

Drive innovation

Build a career in research investigating evolving technologies, new techniques, brands and blends.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Regular CSU credt rules apply.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Wine Science is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Wine Science is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Wine Science online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSWS
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNETWQ

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSWS
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNETWQ

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Leigh Krake – CSU wine science graduate

"To graduate with a degree and industry experience was very important to me. Many students are in winemaking positions by the time they graduate."

Leigh Krake – CSU wine science graduate

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course includes 23 compulsory subjects, totaling 184 points, and 1 rstricted elective (8 points).

Compulsory subjects:
AGR202 Food Environment and Culture
AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
AHT274 Industry Practice
CHM115 Chemistry 1A
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
ENG210 Food and Beverage Engineering
ENG304 Winery Engineering
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
PSC103 Botany
PSC104 Soil Science
VIT211 Viticultural Science
WSC111 Grape and Wine Science
WSC114 Wine Science 1
WSC201 Wine Production 1
WSC216 Sensory Science
WSC301 Wine Production 2
WSC310 Wine Sensory Assessment
WSC312 Wine Science 2
WSC405 Wine Chemistry
WSC406 Wine Microbiology

Restricted elective subject:
This subject can be any subject offered by the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences. Other subjects can also be chosen upon approval by the Course Director. The Course Director will approve subjects that strengthen the body of knowledge and skills undertaken by the student. Subjects with content similar to, or equivalent to compulsory subjects taught in the course will not be acceptable. Similarly, students must verify that all pre-requisites or assumed knowledge are satisfied before undertaking an elective subject.

Full-time
This course is not offered full time

Distance Education

Year 1
Session 1

AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
PSC103 Botany

Session 2
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
WSC111 Grape and Wine Science

Year 2
Session 3

WSC114 Wine Science 1 (Commenced)
CHM115 Chemistry 1A

Session 4
PSC104 Soil Science
CHM107 Chemistry 1B
WSC114 Wine Science 1 (Completed)

Summer session
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Year 3
Session 5

WSC216 Sensory Science (Commenced)
VIT211 Viticultural Science (Commenced)
WSC201 Wine Production 1 (Commenced)
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities (if not completed over summer)

Session 6
WSC216 Sensory Science (Completed)
VIT211 Viticultural Science (Completed)
WSC201 Wine Production 1 (Completed)
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities (if not completed over summer or in session 5)

Year 4
Session 7

AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology

Session 8
[ ] Restricted Elective
AGR202 Food Environment and Culture

Year 5
Session 9

WSC310 Wine Sensory Assessment (Commenced)
WSC312 Wine Science 2 (Commenced)
AHT274 Industry Practice

Session 10
ENG210 Food and Beverage Engineering
WSC310 Wine Sensory Assessment (Completed)
WSC312 Wine Science 2 (Completed)

Year 6
Session 11

WSC301 Wine Production 2 (Commenced)
WSC405 Wine Chemistry (Commenced)
WSC406 Wine Microbiology (Commenced)
ENG304 Winery Engineering (Commenced)

Session 12
WSC301 Wine Production 2 (Completed)
WSC405 Wine Chemistry (Completed)
WSC406 Wine Microbiology (Completed)
ENG304 Winery Engineering (Completed)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points in course subjects as described in the course structure.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees. Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is open for applications in September and October each year.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

Check the full list of application dates open_in_new

Apply anytime

Applications for our research degrees can be lodged at any time. Before applying, you should make contact with the appropriate Sub-Dean of Graduate Studies.

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