Winewise cursussen - WSET Online - Distance Learning - WSET Level 4 Award in Wines & Spirits

Develop specialist-level skills and knowledge through a structured weekly online study programme (2 years) that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Online Diploma covers the same syllabus as the classroom course but in a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the examinations are completed in person and not online.
Language: online guidance, study materials and all exams in English


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This course not only develops advanced product and production knowledge but will also develop your skills in research and analysis, which will continue to be of use to you in the future.

As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, discussing in depth developments and topical issues around the industry. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, as such you will be expected to regularly share notes from your own tastings and review notes from your peers applying your theory knowledge to draw conclusions about the wines described.

The online course is supported online by highly qualified and experienced tutors, many of whom are MW’s, and all of whom are subject matter experts.

The Diploma is universally viewed as a stepping-stone to the MW programme. Read more about the WSET Diploma course.

Upon successful completion of all Units students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and may use the post nominal DipWSET.

The Diploma is comprised of six Units of study each designed to develop expertise in a specific area.

You will be required to complete online weekly tastings, with educator feedback, of at least 1 wine per week for Units 3-6 (not provided, students to provide their own samples).

Unit 1: The global business of alcoholic beverages

  • The dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages
  • The local market
  • The marketing of alcoholic beverages

Unit 2: Wine production

  • Viticulture
  • Vinification
  • Maturation, treatments and packaging

Unit 3: Light wines of the world

  • Northern and Western Europe
  • Central, Southern and South-Eastern Europe
  • Africa, Australasia and Asia
  • The Americas

Unit 4: Spirits of the world

  • Production of spirits
  • Types and styles of spirits

Unit 5: Sparkling wines of the world

  • Methods of production
  • Types and styles of sparkling wines

Unit 6: Fortified (liqueur) wines of the world

  • Methods of production
  • Types and styles of fortified wines


Do I need any prior knowledge?

To enrol on this course you must have successfully completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits. WSET School London will not accept any other previous learning for enrolment on this course.
The course is of a high-level, students will need to possess competencies in research, analysis and report writing similar to those required for a first year degree course.
The course is delivered Online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English is required.