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Online WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits

The Diploma consists of 6 units which need to be successfully completed and exams passed, for the student to achieve the WSET Diploma. Unit 2 must be stud ied first and the exam sat before the student can continue to the next units. The recommended time to complete the full Diploma is 2 years.

The list of dates for each unit can be booked as and when needed. While it’s required to first take the Unit 2 exam, other Units can be taken in any order. However, WSET strongly recommends that Unit 1 be taken right after Unit 2 because materia l covered in that Unit is helpful to mastering the material in Units 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Unit 2 Online students are also entitled to two days of tasting instruction in Philadelphia. Due to cost considerations we can only offer these classes once a year, in early April.

The individual units follow a weekly structure, but they allow students to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars.

Phillywine will provide the current WSET study materials for whiche ver unit is being studied. Review of the Level 3 material is also highly recommended. In addition, we will provide access to the WebEx broadcasts of our face-to face classes, either live (if the face-to-face class and online course dates correspond) or via video recording.

The online course prepares the student for the WSET qualification and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled unit course, should they have any questions. Each unit includes a series of independent and/or group activities that require students to look in depth at the wine industry, applying subject knowledge and professional skills to analyse key issues and make recommendations.

It should be noted the Diploma course requires substantial commitment from students to complete the required private study. Students are advised to schedule a minimum of 15 hours for their study each week. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

Students are advised to taste a range of wines and spirits during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the Diploma Specificat ion. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. As mentioned above, Diploma study begins with Unit 2, and studying Unit 1 next is recommended. Here is a list of units:

Exam Information

Examination dates for all Diploma exams (except for unit 2) are set worldwide by WSET in England.

Unit 2 exams can be given on multiple dates as set by the individual WSET study center.

Currently exams for Units 1, 4, 5 and 6 can be given on set dates in early November, mid-March and mid-June.

Unit 3 can be given on a set date in early January or mid-June.

Since the exam date options are somewhat limited you may be studying two or more units and then take the exams for those units on the same date.

Phillywine currently supports the Unit 1, 4, 5 and 6 exam dates in November and June and both the January and June Unit 3 exam dates.

Format Change Beginning Fall 2019

Note that the Diploma format will change beginning Fall, 2019. The Diploma in Wines and Spirits will change to the Diploma in Wines. Spirits will be remov ed from the curriculum, as a new Diploma in Spirits will be coming eventually. Since it usually takes two years to complete the current Diploma, most students beginning Diploma study in Fall, 2018 or later will be earning the new Diploma in Wines. Except for Unit 4 Spirits, any Units passed within the current Diploma in Wines and Spirits will be fully transferrable to the upcoming Diploma in Wines.

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