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Combine science and creativity to develop outstanding wines with CSU's Bachelor of Wine Science. Designed to develop knowledge and skills in winemaking, wine science, viticulture, wine appraisal and business, this degree is backed by a four-decade history of delivery.

CSU has contributed to the wine industry since 1975 by developing courses that offer a unique blend of science, business and practical training for wine industry personnel. Teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field. This means you will graduate with the knowledge and hands-on experience that give you the edge in the wine industry.

  • Why study this course?

    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.

  • 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.

  • Credit and pathways

    Regular CSU credt rules apply.

  • Workplace learning

    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
  • Subjects

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

    Course structure

    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.

    Enrolment pattern

    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)

  • Residential schools

    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.
  • Admission information

    An ATAR of 70 (including bonuses) at the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate/overseas equivalent.
    An approved Foundation Studies program.
    Successful study at University level of at least 2 subjects in any area, with a minimum GPA of 3.3.
    A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate IV or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.
    Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50% from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.
    A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University - or equivalent.



    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSWS
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNETWQ

    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

    Graduation requirements

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

  • How to apply
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  • About the School

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Study Link subjects for this course:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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