🔒 WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines
Our flagship qualification, the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is offered as a lectured course with the IWEC being the only provider to offer this course in Africa & the Middle East. It is designed to prepare people for senior positions within the wine industry and 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.
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Course 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. No other qualifications can be accepted.
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. Basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are also required.
The course is based around a 2 year structured programme consisting of blocks of lectures leading up to exams and assignments in 6 different units. You will be lectured by Masters of Wine (MW’s), MW students, qualified winemakers, Diploma graduates and other industry experts. Each unit requires students to look in depth at the wine industry, applying subject knowledge and professional skills to analyse key issues and make recommendations. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, as such you will be tasting wines from around the world and applying your theory knowledge to draw conclusions about the wines described.
WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines 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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Students acknowledge by signing up for the course that they understand exam dates and lecture dates are set and cannot be re-scheduled.
Further information on the course can be found on the pdf Download Course Specifications in the right hand column.
- Vine requirements, Anatomy of the vine and grape, Grape growing options, explaining and evaluating the different approaches and how these options affect grape yields, quality and the final wine produced
- Natural factors in the vineyard and how they influence the vine’s ability to produce grapes for wines of different styles, quality levels and price
- Winemaking and post-fermentation options and how they influence the style, quality and price of wines
- The types of businesses engaged in wine production and the options for getting wine to the point of sale, Factors that contribute to the price of wine, Key considerations in wine marketing.
- How grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the principal still wines (D3), sparkling wines (D4) and fortified wines (D5) of the world.
- How to taste and evaluate still wines (D3), sparkling wines (D4) and fortified wines (D5) using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
- A research assignment of 3,000 words.
Included with this course
- All classroom tuition
- All course materials
- 12 x tasting glasses
- Welcome study pack that includes:
- WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine card
- WSET students discounts for subscriptions and wines
- Blank tasting sheets
- Exclusive access to private Diploma social media groups
- All wines for specified Tasting Days
- All wines for specified Exam Days
- Exam Fees
- Certificate with metal lapel pin when you pass
- International Courier Costs (exams are marked in London)
- Domestic courier costs for your certificate and lapel pin
D1 – Wine production – 1.5 hour closed book examination consisting of open response questions.
D2 – Wine business – 1 hour closed book examination consisting of open response questions.
D3 – Wines of the world – Day One – a two-part theory examination consisting of open response questions to be completed in 3 hours, 20 minutes (one 2 hour paper and one 80 minute paper) – Day Two – a two part blind tasting examination of 12 wines to be completed in 3 hours (2 papers of 1.5 hours each)
D4 – Sparkling wines – a 1.5 hour closed book examination consisting of open response questions and a blind tasting of 3 sparkling wines.
D5 – Fortified wines – a 1.5 hour closed book examination consisting of open response questions and a blind tasting of 3 fortified wines
D6 – Independent research assignment – a research assignment of 3,000 words.
Our next annual intake will be April 2024. Confirmed dates are below, please contact us for more details.
08 Apr – 09 Apr 2024
Course introduction + D1 training
06 May – 07 May 2024
D1 exam + D2 training
12 Jun 2024
12 Aug – 13 Aug 2024
22 Oct – 23 Oct 2024
D4 exam + D5 training
22 Jan 2025
D5 exam + D3 + D6 training
31 Jul 2025
D3 revision days