WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits Online

Gain the WSET’s flagship Diploma through online study.

About the course

Develop specialist-level skills and knowledge through a structured weekly online study programme that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Online Diploma covers the same syllabus as the classroom course but in a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the examinations are completed in person and not online.

This course not only develops advanced product and production knowledge but will also develop your skills in research and analysis, which will continue to be of use to you in the future.

As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, discussing in depth developments and topical issues around the industry. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, as such you will be expected to regularly share notes from your own tastings and review notes from your peers applying your theory knowledge to draw conclusions about the wines described.

The online course is supported online by highly qualified and experienced tutors, many of whom are MW’s, and all of whom are subject matter experts.

The Diploma is universally viewed as a stepping-stone to the MW programme.

Upon successful completion of all Units students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and may use the post nominal DipWSET.

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What’s covered

The Diploma is comprised of six Units of study each designed to develop expertise in a specific area.

You will be required to complete online weekly tastings, with educator feedback, of at least 1 wine per week for Units 3-6 (not provided, students to provide their own samples).

Unit 1: The global business of alcoholic beverages

  • The dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages
  • The local market
  • The marketing of alcoholic beverages

Unit 2: Wine production

  • Viticulture
  • Vinification
  • Maturation, treatments and packaging

Unit 3: Light wines of the world

  • Northern and Western Europe
  • Central, Southern and South-Eastern Europe
  • Africa, Australasia and Asia
  • The Americas

Unit 4: Spirits of the world

  • Production of spirits
  • Types and styles of spirits

Unit 5: Sparkling wines of the world

  • Methods of production
  • Types and styles of sparkling wines

Unit 6: Fortified (liqueur) wines of the world

  • Methods of production
  • Types and styles of fortified wines

 

Do I need any prior knowledge?

To enrol on this course you must have successfully completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits. WSET School London will not accept any other previous learning for enrolment on this course.

The course is of a high-level, students will need to possess competencies in research, analysis and report writing similar to those required for a first year degree course.

The course is delivered Online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English is required.

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What study options are available?

The course is delivered over two years and split into two parts. Semester One must be completed before you can enrol onto Semester Two.

Students should be prepared to dedicate substantial amounts of study time to this course. A minimum of 15 hours to study per week is recommended to successfully complete the course.

Semester One Online

  • 24 weeks of online guided study plus research and revision time, and examination days.
  • Covers Units 1, 2, 6 and the first part of Unit 3.
  • Includes a two-day attended Tasting Tutorial of 15 wines to introduce students to the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Semester Two Online

  • 28 weeks of online guided study plus research and revision time, and examination days.
  • Covers Units 4, 5 and the remainder of Unit 3

The dates and locations for the tutorial and exams for each intake are detailed in the course dates.

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London - Semester One

24 weeks of online guided study

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Dublin - Semester One

24 weeks of online guided study

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Edinburgh - Semester One

24 weeks of online guided study

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London - Semester Two

28 weeks of online guided study

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Dublin - Semester Two

28 weeks of online guided study

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Edinburgh - Semester Two

28 weeks of online guided study

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How much does it cost?

The diploma costs start from £2,398.00, depending on your location and course delivery option.

The fee includes all online tuition, Online Classroom support, study packs, Unit study guides, Tasting Tutorials, the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine, the Oxford Companion to Wine and examination fees. Only the first attempt at each exam is included, re-sits and transfers are subject to additional charges.

You will receive a set of 6 tasting glasses for each semester when you attend the tutorial which is linked to the course.

The Level 4 Diploma may be paid for in instalments. To be eligible for this payment method you must be a permanent UK resident with a UK bank account.

 

Assessment

Each unit is examined separately and the assessment format varies by Unit. Over the duration of the course you will be required to complete written theory exams, tasting exams and a coursework assignment. Your selected course delivery option will have set examination dates for each Unit. Please note: the exams are NOT online.

For full details on examination format and requirements please see the Level 4 Specification.

For re-sits and transfers information please see our Exam Results and Re-sits page.

How can I book?

Provided you meet the prior knowledge requirements and are 18 years of age or over, bookings can be made online by first selecting your preferred course date from our calendar. Alternatively, you can complete and return the booking form (included at the back of the prospectus below) or call our Student Services team on +44 (0)20 7089 3841.

Please read the terms & conditions before making a booking.

If you are unsure if you meet the entry requirements please contact Student Services on +44 (0)20 7089 3841 or courses@wset.co.uk

Confirmation, joining instructions and study materials will be sent to you in the post once payment has been received. Students booking less than ten working days prior to the course will collect materials on the first day of the course. Alternatively materials may be delivered within the UK by special 24hr delivery upon payment of the appropriate fee.

I have enjoyed the online interaction with other students, it has helped motivate me to pick up the books when I haven’t felt like it!