Exploring Wine & Spirits (Level 6, single module)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Qualification:

    Single Module Course

  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online

  • Application Closing Date:

    10th September 2021

Course Summary

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an understanding of wine, its varieties and characteristics. This module also aims to develop the learner's knowledge and understanding of wine through all stages from manufacturing to sales within the context of the licensed trade operations.

Admission Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, a relevant QQI Level 5 qualification and/or relevant work experience.



July Stimulus Higher Education Authority (HEA) Initiative
Are you eligibile to apply for this free programme?


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Course Fee

This Level 6 programme is funded through an initiative of the HEA. The programmes is free of charge if you are unemployed, a homemaker returning to work or are in receipt of the COVID-19 unemployment payment at the time the programme begins 21st September 2021.


If you are in employment, were previously self-employed or are a recent graduate (2021), you may be eligible provided you meet the nationality/visa requirement and residence requirement. 


These are in line with the current requirements for Springboard courses https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility


The standard fee for this programme is €561.50.


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MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork - Department of Tourism & Hospitality www.cit.ie/th


This course commences on Tuesday 21st September 2021, and is delivered online,
6pm - 9pm.


On successful completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Critique the factors that influence wine style.
  • Identify the characteristics of the principal grape varieties used in still wine production.
  • Classify and differentiate between the main wine producing regions of Europe and the rest of the world.
  • Evaluate the processes involved in the production of still, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines.
  • Examine and evaluate the processes and principles involved in the storage, selection and service of wine.
  • Outline the key principles and methods used in the production of the principal categories of international spirits.


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Awarding Body

MTU: Single Module Certification (5 ECTS credits at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications)

This module is part of the Bachelor of Business in Beverage Industry Management.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email registrationCork:mtu.ie


Online application is open (link is at the end of this page) for Returners, the Employed, formerly Self Employed and recent Graduates who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement 21st September 2021.


To progress your application to this programme, two non-academic eligibility requirements must be satisfied. These are your Employment status and your Residency/Nationality status.  


Eligibility criteria is in line with the current requirements for Springboard courses https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility


If you require documentation from the Department of Social Protection please call the customer service line on 071 9193302 to request this letter.


This course will be filled on a first come first served basis so it is important to read and follow the below instructions correctly.

Your application will not be assessed further until the supporting documentation is submitted. Please upload the relevant documentation with your application. Please note that all applicants are required to submit a passport or birth certificate (a driving licence will not be accepted).


1. Employment Status 

a)  Unemployed 
Please email supporting documentation that you are currently in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection payment outlined below, or that you are signing for Social Insurance Contribution Credits. This supporting documentation should be in the form of a receipt of payment or a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.
Please call the customer service line on 071 9193302 to request this letter

  • Jobseekers Benefit 
  • Jobseekers Allowance 
  • One Parent Family 
  • Disability Allowance 
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age 
  • Carers Allowance 
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist 
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension 
  • Blind Pension 
  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

b)  Employed/Self Employed 
Email a copy of your most recent Employment Detail Summary, payslip, other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from your current employer, to confirm employment. 

c)  Returner 
A declaration to attest to your employment status must be sworn before a Commissioner of Oaths.  It must be signed, dated and stamped before submission. When this has been completed, please email the form to registrationCork:mtu.ie 


2. Residency/Nationality Status

As required by Higher Education Authority

  • All applicants are required to submit a passport or birth certificate.  
    Please note driving licence will not be accepted
  • Candidates must provide documentation to provide proof that they have been resident in an EU country for 3 of the past 5 years preceding entry of the programme i.e. since January 2017
  • Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Examples of Documents acceptable for evidence of having lived in an EU country 

  • A sworn Affidavit from a solicitor in Ireland confirming residency in Ireland for specific dates (from and to). Your name and passport number to be noted, dated, and stamped by a solicitor’s office.  
  • Original letter from a place of work – dated, stamped, and signed by an official there. Dates from and to clearly indicated. 
  • P60 from 3 of the last 5 years.


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