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.

Lecture dates Academic years 2020-21 and 2021- 2022

Here are the course dates from January 2021 until July 2022. We divide the course into two parts, the first semester, comprises units D1, D2, D4 and D5. The second semester is D3, still wines of the world. D6, the dissertation is included in the First Semesters fees, but can be submitted during either semester, or indeed after both have been completed.

2021

First Semester

Jan 27th Wednesday

February 3rd, 10th, 24th Wednesdays ( one of these will be in a vineyard)

March 3rd & 10th (Exam units D1 and D2) Wednesday

April 14th, 21st, Wednesdays,

May 5th, 26th, Wednesdays,

June 8th Exams D4 and D5 Wednesday.

Second Semester (for those who have by already completed First Semester)

Jan 12th, 26th Tuesdays

February 2nd, 9th, 16th , 23rd Tuesdays

March 3rd, Tuesday, 11th Thursday, 16th 23rd, 30th Tuesdays

April 13th,20th and 27th, Tuesdays

May 11th and 12th Exams. Tuesday and Wednesday

Note, submission dates for D6 dissertation are 31 Jan and 31 July, topics are released yearly and are time specific.

Until further notice all lectures will be delivered by videoconferencing, with samples being delivered for each lecture. Exams will take place, subject to Covid regulations, at The Aztec Hotel, Almondsbury, Bristol.

The cost of each semester is currently £1850 which may have to be reviewed depending on the result of Brexit negotiations, and does not include the WSET registration fee, payable at the start of the First Semester.

2021-2022

First Semester A1

Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd,29th, Wednesdays

October 12th Wednesday

October 27th Exams D1 and D2, Wednesday

November 3rd, 10th, and 16th Wednesdays,

January 2022, 5th, and exams D4 and D5 on 19th, all Wednesdays

First Semester A2

Jan 25th 2022 Tuesday

February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, Tuesdays

March 9th Exams D1 and D2 Wednesday

March 29th Tuesday

April 12th and 26th, Tuesdays

May 3rd Tuesday

June 7th Exams D4 and D5 Tuesdays.

Second Semester B

Jan 12th and 26th 2022 Wednesdays

February 2nd,9th, 16th and 23rd, Tuesdays

March 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Tuesdays

April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Tuesdays

May 10th and 11th, Exams, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Note, submission dates for D6 dissertation are 31 Jan and 31 July, topics are released yearly and are time specific.

How to apply

Until further notice all lectures will be delivered by videoconferencing, with samples being delivered for each lecture. Exams will take place, subject to Covid regulations, at The Aztec Hotel, Almondsbury, Bristol.

The cost of each semester is currently £1850 which may have to be reviewed depending on the result of Brexit negotiations, and does not include the WSET registration fee, payable at the start of the First Semester.

For further details and an application form please contact the course administrator, Tim Johnson by email, timjohnson50@gmail.com