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Plumpton College

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Overview
Overview

Overview

Based at the foot of the South Downs National Park, Plumpton College offers work-focused, land-based courses in association with the University of Brighton. It offers a range of degrees and foundation degrees, as well as higher education and short courses, and incorporates the UK’s only Wine Science Research Centre.

Plumpton College offers four subject areas of undergraduate degrees. These are:

  • Animal Management
  • Equine Management
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Wine Business and Wine Production

The college was classed as ‘Outstanding’ in Residential Provision and Good in Overall Provision in a 2016 Ofsted report.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The college has its own commercial operations in wine, equine, agriculture, horticulture and animal science, so you can gain hands-on experience while you study. As well as work experience, Plumpton College has visiting speakers and specialist workshops to help you improve your employability.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Plumpton College offers a range of nine undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, these are:

  • FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare Top-up
  • FdSc Equine Science & Coaching
  • FdSc Veterinary Nursing
  • FdA Wine Business
  • BA (Hons) International Wine Business
  • FdSc Wine Production
  • BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology
  • MSc Viticulture & Oenology
Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

All students are members of the Plumpton College Students’ Union. Events and activities that the SU puts on include socials in nearby Lewes and Brighton, nights out to Komedia Comedy Club and the annual college RaG Day event.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

If you choose to stay on-site at our excellent residential facilities, we’ve got a variety of rooms available from shared to single study en-suite rooms. Our on-site dining room, café and bar offer a wide range of healthy meals and drinks using local, fresh produce.

The prices are as follows:

Small single 5,400
Single room (with basin) 5,940
Ensuite (limited availability) 6,840

 

Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

Plumpton College has modern laboratories, a Woodland Enterprise Centre and a Wine Research Centre.

The college sits on a estate that contains a commercial farm with a recently refurbished dairy processing unit. The college also has woodlands and conservation areas, as well as vineyards and a winery. Students on animal related courses have access to the animal care unit, the veterinary nursing centre and equine yards.

It also has a facility in Snowdonia, North Wales, used by Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Agriculture, Forestry and Countryside Management Studies students.

City life
City life

City life

Plumpton College is based on the edge of the South Downs National Park, close to the small town of Lewes, famous for its Bonfire Night celebrations. Brighton, with its beach, nightlife, restaurants and shopping, is a short train ride away.

Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

If you’re interested in sports, opportunities include badminton, basketball, cricket, hockey, netball and rugby, as well as getting involved in our Sports Academies. Other extra-curricular opportunities include French lessons, wine tasting, equestrianism and cards club.

Student support
Student support

Student support

Each student is allocated a tutor. You can expect one individual tutorial a term as a full-time student, although you are welcome to raise concerns at any time. Counselling services are also available, along with support for students with disabilities or dyslexia.

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students per year: Annual tuition fees for undergraduate courses for UK and EU citizens for academic year 19/20 are £9,000

The postgraduate offerings cost a total of £10,000

International students per year: Check with the college

 

 

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/Bursaries

There’s a bursary fund for students in financial hardship which you can apply for on their website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Plumpton College offers work-focused, land-based courses, along with running its own commercial operations in wine, equine, agriculture, horticulture and animal science. It has the UK’s only Wine Science Research Centre and runs the only undergraduate wine production course in Europe that is taught in English.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are dependent on whether you opt to study a Foundation Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree. 

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Foundation Degree:

  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE: 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science
  • A-level: CD (of which at least 1 STEM-related subject)
  • BTEC: MMP (of which at least 1 STEM-related subject)
  • International Baccalaureate: 24
  • IELTS (for students with English as a second language): Level 6.5 overall with Level 6.0 in writing
  • Other: Access to HE Diploma in Science

Bachelor’s Degree:

  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE: 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science
  • UCAS points: 104
  • A-level: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • International Baccalaureate: 26
  • IELTS (for students with English as a second language): Level 6.5 overall with Level 6.0 in writing
  • Other: Access to HE Diploma in Science

Master’s Degree

  • Typical entry requirements are attainment of Level 3 literacy in chemistry and/or biological science plus an honours degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be accepted. Applicants will be interviewed at the college, or via an internet-based video link. Right at the start of their programme, applicants will normally be required to complete a short intensive bridging course covering the principles of vinegrowing and winemaking.
  • A further course requirement is a pass grade or higher at the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines.
  • Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS band score 6.0 overall or above, with no less than 5.5 in each component of the 'academic' IELTS test.

 

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Key stats

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

60
LOW

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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    90%10%
  • School leaversMature students
    79%21%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    89%11%
  • UKInternational
    91%9%
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Sam
25 Feb 19

Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation FdSc

Overall experience has been good and have received good support in difficult times, but education has been effected by high staff turnover and general lack of organisation and communication, leading to timetable problems, changes in teaching types, marking types and support...
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Sam
24 Feb 19

Viticulture and Oenology MSc

I've enjoyed the college experience. It's been a very exciting and refreshing course. I like the tutors and the teaching topics. I also enjoyed the wonderful trip to...

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