Candidates must hold either the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits to enroll on the WSET Level 4 Diploma.
No other course or education qualifies for admission.
Candidates whose first language is not English are strongly recommended to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or be able to demonstrate an equivalent ability level.
This qualification has a minimum requirement of 500 hours of study time:
- Minimum 116 hours of delivery time
- Minimum 370 hours of personal study and revision, including preparing an independent research assignment (D6)
- Examinations for each unit (excluding D6) totalling 11 hours 50 minutes
It normally takes between 12 months and 3 years to complete WSET Level 4. Each unit is weighted differently in terms of hours of study required, the list below shows the minimum guided learning time, private study time and the weighting applied against each unit.
- D1 Wine production
20% weighting - classroom 16 hours - self study 80 hours
- D2 Wine business
10% weighting - classroom 8 hours - self study 40 hours
- D3 Wines of the World
50% weighting - classroom 70 hours - self study 170 hours
- D4 Sparkling Wines
5% weighting - classroom 8 hours - self study 16 hours
- D5 Fortified Wines
5% weighting - classroom 12 hours - self study 16 hours
- D6 Indipendant Research Assignment
10% weighting - classroom 2 hours - self study 48 hours
Successful graduates acquire exceptional analytical skills and proficiency in evaluative wine tasting, gaining global recognition as authoritative wine specialists. Should a student wish to progress to the Master of Wine programme, he/she will be well-prepared.
Week 1: Tuesday 3. - Friday 6. of September 2019
Tuesday: Tasting technique
Wednesday: Business of wine
Thursday: Wine production
Friday: Wine production
Week 2: Monday 27. - Thursday 30. January 2020
Thursday: Sparkling wine
Week 3: Tuesday 14. - Friday 17. April 2020
Wednesday: Portugal and South Africa
Thursday: Fortified wines
Friday: Exam training
Week 4: Monday 10. - Thursday 13. August 2020
Wednesday: Italy and America
Week 5: Monday 7. - Thursday 10. September 2020
Monday: Germany, Austria, Greece, Tokaji
Tuesday: Germany, Austria, Greece, Tokaji
Wednesday: Australia and New Zealand
Thursday: Exam training
From 9.00 am – 5.00 pm every day
The Diploma is delivered in six mandatory units covering a broad range of topics including wine production, wine business, and still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world.
D1 – Wine production
- Vine requirements
- Anatomy of the vine and grape
- Grape growing options and how these options affect grape yields, quality and the final wine produced
- Natural factors in the vineyard and how they influence the vine’s ability to produce grapes for wines of different styles, quality levels and price
- Winemaking and post-fermentation options and how they influence the style, quality and price of wines
D2 – Wine business
- The types of businesses engaged in wine production and the options for getting wine to the point of sale
- Factors that contribute to the price of wine
- Key considerations in wine marketing
D3 – Wines of the world | D4 – Sparkling wines | D5 – Fortified wines
In each of these Units you will learn:
- How grape-growing, winemaking, maturation, wine law and wine business influence the style, quality and price of the wine
- How to taste and evaluate wines using the WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
D6 – Independent research assignment
- How to research a specified wine-related subject
Total NOK 71.500,- including 20 course days, all wines tasted during the course, access to online study material, obligatory exam fees, coffee- and lunch brakes. All prices are subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuation.
Cancellations of confirmed places are accepted up to 30 working days prior to the start of the course. However an administration fee of NOK 1500,- plus the full cost of the study materials supplied will be invoiced.
Cancellations of confirmed places later than 14 working days prior to the start of the course is not accepted and the full study fee will be invoiced.
Students that enroll in 2019 will be registered to sit exams according to the scheme found under "Exam dates", unless otherwise agreed. Students can choose not to sit on the scheduled date, or to sit exams in other cities of the world on the dates set by the WSET.
If a student withdraw from an exam after the deadline he/she have used one examination attempt. If the student has been registered for the same exam previously, the full exam fee will be invoiced. All registrations/withdrawals from exams must be done via email to the study contact.
Students must pass five examinations and one assignment to pass the study. From the start of the program, students are registered for three years. As so, students have three years to complete the entire study program before a new student fee will be invoice (NOK 2000,-)
- Professor Monika Christmann
- Michael Palij MW
- Mai Tjemsland MW
- Arne Ronold MW
- Caro Maurer MW
- Sebastian Bredal MW
All course days will be thought in English