WSET LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA IN WINES®

Information:
500 horas (128 classroom-based)
Price:
6.850,00€

The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines® is internationally considered the top professional wine qualification. It is designed to give a 360ºC knowledge of wine: from the understanding of viticulture and winemaking to wine business and in-depth product knowledge.

Your expertise is built both theoretically, through comprehensive study of a large number of wine regions, and practically, by developing your wine tasting skills to an expert level. Successful graduates acquire exceptional analytical skills and proficiency in evaluative wine tasting, gaining global recognition as authoritative wine specialists. Should you wish to progress to the Master of Wine programme, this will the best starting point. 

 - Candidates must hold either the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits to enrol on the WSET Level 4 Diploma. 

- Language: WSET Level 4 Diploma is only available in English. It is strongly recommended that candidates whose first language is not English hold IELTS at 6.5 / B2-C1 CEFR* or above or be able to demonstrate an equivalent ability level. If you are uncertain about the language skills required to start the course, you can contact us and check your level at one of the following websites: 

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/ 

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/online-english-level-test 

- Duration of the programme: The qualification is designed to be studied in two academic years, divided into 6 different study units: 

WSET® LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA IN WINES*

The Diploma is delivered in six mandatory units covering a broad range of topics including wine production, wine business, and still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. 

D1 – Wine production 

  • 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

D1 – 20% weighting of final overall grade 

D1 examination must be sat before progressing on to the remaining units. 

D2 – Wine business 

  • 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

D2 – 10% weighting of final overall grade 

D3 – Wines of the world 

D4 – Sparkling wines 

D5 – Fortified wines 

In each of these Units you will learn: 

  • 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)

D3 – Wines of the world: 50% weighting of final overall grade 

D4 – Sparkling wines: 5% weighting of final overall grade 

D5 – Fortified wines: 5% weighting of final overall grade 

D6 – Independent research assignment 

  • How to research a specified wine-related subject 

D6 – 10% weighting of final overall grade 

- Total Qualification Time (TQT) and Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 

The Total Qualificaton Time for the Level 4 Diploma in Wines is 500 hours. This is made up of approximately 128 Guided Learning Hours (of which 11 hours and 50 minutes are for the examinations) and 372 hours private study. 

ASSESSMENT: 

To complete the Diploma you must pass all six units, successfully meeting the rigorous assessment requirements across the syllabus. Assessment varies by Unit:  

D1 – Wine production 

1½ hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions

2 exam dates per year in October and May 

D2 – Wine business 

1 hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions

4 exam dates per year in January, March, June and October 

D3 – Wines of the world 

A theory and tasting examination to be held over two consecutive days:

Day one – A two-part theory exam formed 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 (two papers of 1½ hours) 

2 exam dates per year in May and October 

D4 – Sparkling wines 

1½ hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions and a blind tasting of three sparkling wines

3 exam dates per year in January, June and October 

D5 – Fortified wines 

1½ hour closed-book examination made up of open-response questions and a blind tasting of three fortified wines

3 exam dates per year in January, June and October 

D6 – Independent research assignment 

One research assignment of 3,000 words

2 submission dates per year in January and July 

Those who successfully complete the Diploma will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the post-nominal “DipWSET” and associated WSET certified logo. You will also become a member of our Alumni Body, with access to our quarterly reports and a number of exclusive events. 

- Price: 6850€. (6.500€ for The Wine Studio alumni) 


Dates and enrollment
MADRID
16 September 2020 - July 2022

Registration period will open in April. Contact us for more information.