WSET Level 4 Diploma FAQ
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Do I need to hold the WSET Level 3 prior to starting Diploma?
I am awaiting my Level 3 exam results and expect to pass, can I still register?
Can I take another unit before Unit 2 Wine Production?
No, the WSET requires you to first sit the D1 exam before doing any other Diploma Unit course. D2 must be taken after D1, before any other units. Once you have sat the exam for D1 & D2 you may do the courses for D3-D6 in any order.
What study materials come with my tuition and what do I need to get on my own?
For units D1 – D5, the WSET publishes a digital study guide outlining what you need to know for that Unit. Exam questions will come from the information provided in the study guides. Students will also need to source and purchase wines for their studies to supplement classroom learning. Please see the Specification for recommended tasting samples.
How long do I have to complete all Diploma units?
Can I receive college credit for the Diploma?
Can you help international students obtain a Student Visa if they enroll in the Diploma program?
Is it possible to finish the Diploma in 12 months?
No. The reason for this is that it would be impossible to get all the Unit exams completed in 12 months, given the way they are scheduled by the WSET. More practically, the Level 4 Diploma is a very comprehensive and challenging course of study and thus it takes at least 18 months to complete. The average time to completion is 2-2.5 years.
Can I switch providers/schools for individual Diploma units?
When do traditional in-person classes meet?
Can I do some units online and some in-person?
How long is each unit?
You should plan on studying for D1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 for about 3 months each. Plan on at least 6 months of study for D3.
Please note that your online course or in-person classes are not the only time you need to study. It is expected that you are studying before and after your classes for the recommended amount of study hours per unit.
How do I do tastings in the online classroom?
What happens if I can’t make an exam date?
When are exams?
Can I just take the exam without doing the course?
What happens if I don’t pass the first unit exam (D1)?
You may still proceed to other units as long as you have taken the D1 exam. If you do not pass the exam you are able to schedule a retake, however, you do not have to wait until that retake before moving on to other units.