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Plumpton College

Plumpton College (previously known as Plumpton Agricultural College) is a Further and Higher education college in Plumpton, East Sussex, England, with courses in a variety of land based and related subjects. The college provides a range of full time and part time land-based courses, FE courses to Foundation Degree and BSc courses. The College degree courses are provided in association with the University of Brighton.[1]

The main site of the College is in Plumpton, with out-centres elsewhere in East Sussex at Netherfield, Flimwell and Robertsbridge. The Principal of the college is Des Lambert BSc (Hons) ARAgS.

The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Greenkeeping, Hard Landscaping, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Education), Wine and Viticulture, and Rural Business Management.

The college was visited by The Princess Royal in March 2008 to open a new Children's Rural Education Centre marking the Year of Food and Farming.[2]

Viticulture and Oenology

Plumpton College is Britain’s Centre of Excellence in Wine education, training and research, and it is the only Higher Education Institution to offer undergraduate degrees in Wine Business and Production in English in Europe. A masters degree in Viticulture and Oenology is also offered. First offered in 1996, around 150 students attend these courses each year.

Short courses include intensive courses in wine production for smaller growers and vineyard employees, the full range of Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses and "bespoke" courses and events for specific business requirements.

The college has a 9.5 hectare vineyard, a semi commercial winery, laboratories and a sensory evaluation room. [3]

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Plumpton College to open their new Wine Research Facility on 26 March 2014.


  1. ^ Welcome to the Plumpton College Website. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  2. ^ Plumpton College royal visit - picture special - Local. Mid Sussex Times. Retrieved on 2011-04-04.
  3. ^ Wine and Wine Research

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