WSET Level 4 Wines & Spirits Diploma (Online)

WSET Level 4 Wines & Spirits Diploma (Online)

WSET Level 4 Wines & Spirits Diploma (Online)

The flagship qualification of the UK-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits is designed to prepare people for senior positions within the wine and spirit industry. WSET Level 4 Diploma not only develops product knowledge to a specialist level, but also enables students to acquire skills that will be of use to them beyond the course itself.

The course is based around a 2 year structured online programme of minimum 15 hours study per week, however there are no fixed study times, so students may plan their studies to suit themselves.

The course utilises social media to allow students to study alongside their peers under the guidance of a WSET Certified Educator. In addition to developing advanced product and production knowledge, the course will also develop your skills in research and analysis, which will continue to be of use to you in the future.

Each section includes a series of online group activities requiring students to look in depth at the wine industry, applying subject knowledge and professional skills to analyse key issues and make recommendations. 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 by highly qualified and experienced tutors, many of whom are MW’s, and all of whom are subject matter experts. WSET Level 4 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.

Please Note
The only wine and spirits included in this online course are those used on tuition days and for exams.
No other tasting samples are supplied.

Lessons are online but students are required to sit their examinations in person as well as attend tuition days over the two years.

Students acknowledge by signing up for the course that they understand exam dates and module dates are set and cannot be re-scheduled.

If either your course books or certificate are required outside of South Africa, please contact us for total course fees.

Entry Requirements
You must be over 18 at the start of the course.

You will be required to hold the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits or WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. If you have alternative qualifications or experience, please contact us for advice info@thewinecentre.co.za.

The course is of a high-level and 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.

Dates
Final day for applications (including FULL payment) is Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Late applications or payments cannot be accommodated.

WSET Level 4 Diploma

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Units and Assessment Criteria

  1. The dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages.
    The local market.
    The marketing of alcoholic beverages.
    ~ Assessment is by a coursework assignment and a theory exam. Both are based on topics chosen by the examiners.
  2. Viticulture
    Vinification
    Maturation, Treatments and Packaging
    ~ Assessment is by a multiple-choice exam paper of 100 questions.
  3. Northern and Western Europe
    Central, Southern, and South-Eastern Europe
    Africa, Australasia and Asia
    The Americas
    ~ Assessment is by two tasting exams and one theory exam. Students are required to assess 12 wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® and complete five long-written answers.
  4. Production of spirits
    Types and styles of spirits
    ~ Assessment is by a combined theory and tasting exam. Students are required to assess three spirits using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® and complete three short-written answers
  5. Methods of production
    Types and styles of sparkling wines
    ~ Assessment is by a combined theory and tasting examination. Students are required to assess three wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and complete three short-written answers.
  6. Methods of production
    Types and styles of fortified wines
    ~ Assessment is by a combined theory and tasting examination. Students are required to assess three wines using the WSET level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and complete three short-written answers.