Hunter TAFE is offering a unique English and Viticulture package. You can choose to do the courses individually or combined them for a ‘package’ which saves you money and guarantees you a placement.

Package Includes:

  • 18 month study program.
  • English and Diploma.
  • Access to award winning Newcastle English Language Centre on campus.
  • You can work while you study.
  • Access to our discounted student accommodation.
  • Internship program available.
  • Welcome pack includes movie tickets, ten pin bowling pass, student association membership and more!
  • Free airport pick up (From Newcastle regional airport).

English classes (If required) - AUD$5000:00 (6 months).

Diploma Viticulture package (18 months) AUD$18,000:00

Semester 1 - English classes (If required)

Hunter TAFE is home to the award-winning Newcastle English Language Centre. This Centre operates 51 weeks of the year with a full range of study options available to all students, even those on visas other than student visas.

This program will run for 20 weeks for a discounted price AUD$5,000 (AUD$250/week).

The program includes:

  • English for Exam Preparation.
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE).
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).
  • IELTS Preparation.
  • General English Beginners to Advanced.
  • English for Academic Purposes.

Entry level for this product is a minimum IELTS 4.5 OR Equivalent

Please note: Our English Language Centre can assess English proficiency prior to enrolment.

Semester 2 – 4 Diploma of Viticulture

The course provides structured training for people seeking professional careers in the viticulture and wine production industries as supervisors, assistant managers, and managers.

When you complete this course you will have achieved the skills to manage a vineyard and a small-scale winery. The course will develop your knowledge and skills in vineyard planning, wine grape production, wine production and evaluation, staff management, health and safety.

You can also undertake studies in and management, irrigation, quality assurance, and marketing and business management.

In order to comply with NSW liquor laws, you must be 18 years or older to undertake units that include the handling, service, tasting or consumption of alcohol

Individual course cost: AUD$18,000:00

18 Month program.

Entry level for the Diploma of Viticulture is Academic IELTS 5.5 OR Equivalent.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, the qualification assumes that a learner has current or past work experience where operational or technical skills have already been gained and a production management level of responsibility exists. The qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school.

Working in the Hunter region:

9/10 of our students are working part time while they are studying. There are vintage work opportunities throughout the various wine regions in Australia and New Zealand and most students are successfully employed.

Whether working to gain postgraduate experience, or need a casual job to help support living expenses, there are plenty of ways to find work that suits every situation.

Wines of the Hunter Valley:

Hunter Valley wines are unique to the region, thanks to its climate, its soils and the experience of its growers and producers. Over 180 years OLD, the Hunter Valley is home to over 150 wineries and cellar doors. Famous throughout Australia and the world, Hunter Valley wines have a unique range of flavours.


We can package your study with onsite accommodation at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy. Located at the gateway to Hunter Valley Wine Country, the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy is set in the tranquility of 200 hectares of natural bush land. We are located within 15 minutes of the Hunter Valley’s best wineries.

Our Deluxe rooms are air conditioned and feature an ensuite, TV/DVD, mini fridge, personal safe, work desk and free Wi-Fi.

The Kurri Kurri campus has a purpose built modern winery capable of processing up to 50 tonne of grapes. Features include temperature regulated fermentation tanks, modern processing facilities, barrel storage, laboratory and lecture area. Commercial wines including white, red, sparkling, desert and fortified wines are produced and bottled under the Hunter Institute label.

The Kurri Kurri campus has a small vineyard with both white and red varieties. Equipment for vineyard maintenance is held on campus and is backed up with workshop facilities.

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
18 months
18,000 AUD
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