WSET Level 4 Diploma

WSET Level 4 Diploma Award

Cost: £1,850.00 per semester (2 semesters)

Fee includes:  All tuition, tasting samples, WSET course materials, WSET exam fees; free parking, teas, coffees and nibbles at the venue.

The Diploma 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 Level 4 Diploma is designed to prepare people for responsible jobs within the wine and spirits business. The course will not only develop product knowledge to a specialist level, but will also enable you to acquire skills, eg. in research and report writing, that will continue to be of use beyond the course. For those not in the trade but simply fascinated by wines and spirits it is a chance to acquire knowledge at a deeper level.

What is involved in the course

The course consists of 16 days teaching (and a couple more for exams). You can start in either January or September each year. You can take the units at your own pace.

Most students try to complete the course in 12 months, but it is possible to spread it over a longer period to suit you.

Lectures are from 9am until 5pm and our lecturers include Masters of Wine, Winemakers, importers and specialist retailers or experts in their field, please refer to meet the lecturers.

The fee includes all course materials and samples. One of our lecture days is a vineyard visit.

Students are registered initially for three years which allows flexibility in matching periods of study with other work-related commitments. It is possible to extend the registration period if you need more time.

The diploma is divided into 6 units all of which must be passed before the Diploma is awarded.

You will also be made a member of the West of England Wine and Spirit Association, free of charge, and that membership continues for two years after the course has finished.

We welcome anyone moving in to the area, or wishing to take a few remaining modules. Those starting Part A will pay the WSET registration fee in addition to the course fee. The price of each Part is currently £1850, We will be able to let you know how much any individual module will cost too. The price may have to be revised  when we know what exam fees will be for the next academic year, but will let you know as soon as we have that information.

Upcoming Dates

The next WSET level 4 Diploma course will start in January 2019, and the dates for your diary are as follows:-
Jan 15, Part Units 1 and 2
Jan 29 Unit 2
Feb 12, Unit 2 Vineyard visit to Three Choirs,
Feb 26  Exam Unit 2 and lecture Unit 5
March 12 Exams Unit 1 Case Study and Unit 5
March  26 Unit 4 or 6
April 9 and 30  Units 4 or 6

June 12 Exams Units 4  and 6

As the Spirits unit is being dropped from the syllabus after Aug 2019, so have priced the first part of the course both with and without the Spirits Unit. This is the last course being offered under the current syllabus.

For Unit 3, this too is the last course being run under the current  syllabus, and the relevant dates are
Jan 16 and 30,
Feb 13 and 27
March 13 and 27
April 10 and 30
May 1 and 15(revision)
June 13 Exams



Aztec Hotel & Spa, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS, (on A38 towards Bristol, adjacent to Jct 16, M5, and a short taxi ride from Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood stations, also on several bus routes). All lectures start at 9am.

How to apply

You can apply by downloading the application form below and emailing the course co-ordinator Tim Johnson at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also reach Tim by mobile on 07576969062.

Application form 2019

Booking Conditions 2019