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WSET Diploma

WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits

This is a specialist qualification where detailed knowledge is combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. The qualification will prepare those who are required to make managerial decisions, interpret information and have a thorough understanding of market trends and requirements in a variety of trade and industry sectors. The WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits aims to provide specialist product knowledge and understanding of the global and domestic markets for wines and spirits and develop candidate’s ability to present information in a format suitable for business. The total study time required to earn the WSET® Level 4  Diploma in Wines & Spirits award is (at a minimum) approximately 600 hours resulting in 60 credits (1 credit  = 10 learning hours). Each Unit is assigned a minimum credit/study hours giving candidates insight into the time required to complete each Unit.

 

Course Requirements: You must be over the legal minimum drinking age where the course and examination is taken. You will be required to hold the WSET® Level 3 in Wines or the WSET® Level 3 in Wines & Spirits to enroll in the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits.

Program Overview

The WSET® Level 4 in Wines & Spirits qualification consists of 6 units:

Unit 1The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages: Unit 1 examines the dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages, the local market and the marketing of alcoholic beverages. It is assessed by two papers: 1) a closed-book theory paper (essay) in the format of a case study, and 2) one coursework assignment or research paper on an assigned topic. Minimum 120 hours or 12 credits. 

Unit 2 Wine Production: Unit 2 delves into the science of wine to include viticulture & vinification practices as well as maturation, treatments, and packaging around the globe. It is assessed by means of a multiple-choice examination paper of 100 questions. Minimum 6o hours or 6 credits.

Unit 3 Light Wines of the World: Unit 3 takes in in-depth look at the light wines of the world to include: Northern and Western Europe, Central, South, and South-Eastern Europe, Africa, Australasia, and Asia as well as the Americas. Unit 3 is assessed by 1) a closed-book theory paper of 5 questions, and 2) a practical tasting paper of 12 wines. Minimum 300 hours or 30 credits.

Unit 4 Spirits of the World: Unit 4 focuses on the production of spirits as well as the types and styles of spirits around the world. It is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of 3 spirits and one theory question. Minimum 60 hours or 6 credits.

Unit 5 Sparkling Wines of the World: Unit 5 explores the methods of sparkling wine production as well as the types and styles of sparkling wines around the globe. Unit 5 is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of three sparkling wines and one theory question. Minimum 30 hours or 3 credits.

Unit 6 Fortified Wines of the World: Unit 6 outlines the methods of production of fortified wines around the world as well as defines the types and styles of fortified wines. Unit 6 is assessed by a combined tasting and theory, closed-book examination, consisting of a tasting paper of three fortified wines an done theory question. Minimum 30 hours or 3 credits.

Please note: Unit 1 and 2 MUST be studied at the beginning of a Diploma program because they will provide the knowledge and understanding required to complete the assessments in the product-knowledge units.

On completion of all 6 units candidates will be award the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits. Successful candidates are entitled to use the letters DipWSET after their name, giving them the recognition they deserve. The WSET® Diploma  in Wines & Spirits is recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for candidates wishing to pursue membership.

For more information, please click on link to download the courseSpecification Guide.

For information on The Diploma Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine, please click on the link to download the Candidate Assessment Guide Tasting and the Candidate Assessment Guide Theory. 

Starting the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits program:

For Class dates and times and to start the application process, please download and read the AWS Candidate Agreement. Next, please contact Shannon Crowley-Avella at Shannon@americanwineschool.com to secure a Booking Card and access to Diploma Registration. The WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits launch day in Chicago is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th from 10am-4pm. The launch day and all classes will take place at the Sofitel located at 20. East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

Candidate check list:

Before attending the AWS Launch day on January 27th, 2018, all candidates should:

– Download and read the Specification Guide.

– Download and read the Candidate Assessment Guide

– Sign and return the AWS Candidate Agreement.Sign and return the Diploma Booking Form

– Arranged for First Term Tuition Payment

Tuition & Payments:

Tuition payment must be made prior the start of the first class. No study materials will be sent out before payment is received. Candidates may pay tuition via check or credit card. To pay tuition by check, please send a check payable to American Wine School to: American Wine School, 40 E. Oak Street, Suite 1305, Chicago, IL 60611

To pay tuition for Term 1 of the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits by credit card, please click on the desired link below: