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WSET Level 4 Diploma Award in Wine & Spirits Certification

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WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits

The WSET Level 4 Diploma is designed for those working in the wine and spirits trade who are interested in perusing a career into food and beverage management, brand management, wine buyer for retail or restaurant, sales executive or other professional role in the wines and spirits industry. This level of study is also suitable for the dedicated wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 3 and acquire further expertise in wine tasting.

What will this qualification prepare me for?

This is the WSET’s flagship qualification, designed to prepare you for senior positions within the wines and spirits business. The course is designed to not only develop your product knowledge to a specialist level, but will also enable you to acquire skills that will continue to be of use beyond the course and in your personal and professional wine journey . All courses are taught by industry experts, all of whom have up to date knowledge of contemporary and commercial issues related to wines and spirits.

The WSET Level 4 Diploma is universally viewed as a pre-requisite to entry into the Master of Wine qualification.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

The Diploma qualification is broken down into six mandatory units. Units 1 and 2 are normally taken first and the other units taken in accordance with the program being offered by each individual Approved Program Provider.

Napa Valley Wine Academy does not currently offer the WSET Level 4 Diploma level certification. We would be happy to assist you in locating a provider near you. Please Contact US for more information on locations offering this level.
  • Unit 1 – The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages – This unit is assessed by one coursework assignment submitted in either November or April and one closed-book exam, which takes the form of a case study. The assignment is between 2500 – 3000 words in length on a topic determined by WSET Awards and will reflect the published learning outcomes of this unit of the Diploma.
  • Unit 2 – Wine Production – This unit is assessed by means of a multiple-choice examination paper of 100 questions.
  • Unit 3 – Light Wines of the World – This unit is assessed by a closed book theory paper of five questions, along with a practical tasting paper assessing candidates’ application of the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting technique. The tasting paper is held in two parts, each covering 12 wines in total, with a short break between each paper.
  • Unit 4 – Spirits of the World – This unit is assessed by a practical tasting paper of three spirits requiring candidates to submit a detailed written analysis of the three samples using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and complete a written section on related product knowledge.
  • Unit 5 – Sparkling Wines of the World – This unit is assessed by a practical tasting paper of three sparkling wines requiring candidates to submit a detailed written analysis of the three samples using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and complete a written section on related product knowledge.
  • Unit 6 – Fortified (Liqueur) Wines of the World – This unit is assessed by a practical tasting paper of three liqueur wines requiring candidates to submit a detailed written analysis of the three samples using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine and complete a written section on related product knowledge.

DIPLOMA SPECIFICATION  Level 4 Diploma Specification 2013/14 (6485KB)

2013/14 New Version:
Valid from 1st August 2013

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