DIPLOMA - LEVEL 4

UPLOADS:

Specification
Part 1: Theory
Part 2: Tasting
Course registration

WSET® Level 3 in Wines and Spirits is a prerequisite for acceptance on the Diploma course.
This level Is offered only in English and attendance on the course is compulsory.

Preparation for Diploma takes a minimum of 2 years, with many candidates preferring to spread their study over 3 or more.
The Diploma is considered to be vital preparation for anyone wishing to progress to the Master of Wine course.

Potential candidates for Diploma should note that there is a significant step from Level 3 to Level 4 and the decision to embark on the Diploma course should not be taken lightly. The WSET recommends at least 600 hours of study (private study). This needs to be planned and timetabled.

Fluency in English, both reading and writing, is essential for the Diploma.

PROGRAMME AND ASSESSMENT:

» Diploma is divided into 6 units:

UNIT CONTENT ASSESSMENT
1 The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages An assignment based on personal research on a subject set by the WSET.
Deadlines are October or March.
A classroom closed book examination style case study on a theme issued to candidate 20 days before the assessment dates, either in November, March or June.
2 Viticulture and Winemaking 90-minute multiple-choice examination consisting of 100 questions.
The Unit 2 examination must be attempted before any other examination. Several exam dates are available
3 World Wines Tasting of 12 wines blind, using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting WSET®
AND
A three-hour written theory paper requiring essay-style answers.
The Unit 3 examination is held every two years in June.
4 Spirits of the World A one-hour paper consisting of 3 samples served blind which must be assessed using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting and a written theory question.
The Unit 4 examination is held every two years in June.
5 Sparkling Wines of the World A one-hour paper consisting of 3 samples served blind which must be assessed using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting and a written theory question.
The Unit 5 examination is held every two years in June.
6 Fortified Wines of the World A one-hour paper consisting of 3 samples served blind which must be assessed using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting and a written theory question.
The Unit 6 examination is held every two years in June.

For all units, candidates need to demonstrate their knowledge of the Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT) at Level 4 and identify the style, quality and value of a product.

Course Timetable (approximately 320 samples tasted): The course is run over a a two-year cycle with Unit 2 offered every year and then Unit 3 or 4, 5 and 6 offered the next. This then repeats so that Unit 3 alternates with 4, 5 and 6.
Attendance on the course in Mâcon-Davayé (Lycée Viticole, 10 kms from Mâcon) is mandatory.
The course is always delivered in English.
Teaching staff are experienced, UK or French based, English-speaking professional wine educators including Masters of Wine.

The course fee includes the study pack published by the WSET® which provides study guides for each unit. Required reading for Unit 2 are:

    - "The Oxford Companion to Wine" de Jancis Robinson,
    - "Understanding Wine Technology" de David Bird,
    - "Viticulture" de Stephen Skelton.
    - These should be purchased separately.

UNIT CONTENT TERM SUPPLEMENT
1 The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages No course -
2 Viticulture and Winemaking 20h Visit of vineyards and cellar
3 World Wines 60h Mock exam – exam conditions
4 Spirits of the World 20h Mock exam – exam conditions
5 Sparkling Wines of the World 10h Mock exam – exam conditions
6 Fortified Wines of the World 10h Mock exam – exam conditions

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