WSET Level 4 Diploma

WSET Level 4 Diploma Award in Wines & Spirits

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

Our next Level 4, or Diploma, Course will start later this year, the course dates are
Part A,
Unit 1 and part Unit 2 ,28 August,
Unit 2 – 4 and 11 September, with exam Unit 2  on 9  October,
Unit 5 – 9 October,
Unit 4 and 6 on 16, 23 and 30 October with exams on 6 November.
For those wanting to take Part B, which is solely Unit 3, the dates are
29 August, 5 and 12 September, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October
7 and 14 November.
Lectures are 09.00 till 17.00 and the venue is The Aztec Hotel, BS32 4TS. There is on site free parking, coffee tea and nibbles ad lib during the day, but lunch is not included. The Hotel is on the A38 towards Bristol, immediately adjacent to J18 of M5. It is also a short taxi ride from Bristol Parkway mainline station, or Filton Abbey Wood local train station if coming via Bristol Temple Meads. It is also served by several bus routes.
The lecture on 11 September will be at a vineyard.
We hope to welcome you onto the course. If not this, then the next one which will start in January 2019; dates to be released shortly.



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).

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.

Booking Terms Download WSET L4 Diploma Application Form (PDF)