Winematters has run the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma since 2001 in addition to courses leading to the WSET Intermediate and Advanced Certificates since 1996.
Although the WSET Diploma is firmly aimed at the trade Winematters aims to provide for students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. On our Diploma courses to date we have had enthusiastic amateurs, people working in the trade for businesses such as the Oxford Wine Company, Stevens Garnier and Vintage Roots, and a number of people employed in the on-trade for establishments including Gees, the Randolph, the Summertown Wine Café, and numerous Oxford Colleges.
Although primarily designed for those working in the drinks industry the WSET Diploma is becoming of increasing relevance for non-trade candidates who have a real passion for wine. Today, one-third of all Diploma students do not work in the industry. For them, the WSET Diploma provides the in-depth knowledge which allows them to explore fully the endlessly fascinating and enjoyable world of wine. If you completed the Advanced but found that it raised as many questions as it answered then the WSET Diploma is definitely for you.
In addition to exploring spirits, sparkling, liqueur and light wines in great detail the WSET Diploma also requires the candidate to anchor his or her factual knowledge to a commercial platform. The economic realities of this giant, global industry are explored with just as much rigour as arcane legislation and obscure grape varieties. The WSET Diploma is more relevant than ever in today’s world of hard brands and the WSET Diploma graduate sees the industry - and its products – with utter clarity. This deep understanding makes exploration of the world’s less travelled wine roads all the more rewarding.
Qualification: The UK Government’s regulatory authority for education, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), has developed the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This is further supported by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), which is the new regulator of qualifications in England. The WSET is Level 4 and is described by the WSET thus:
Prerequisites: WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits
Qualification Aims: The WSET Specification states:
More information on the Aims and Objectives can be found on the WSET’s website by downloading the Diploma Specification and Candidate Assessment Guide. Both are available free of charge.
Learning Hours: The WSET Diploma consists of 60 credits. Each credit equates to 10 learning hours. 600 hours is the equivalent of studying almost an hour a day, every day, through the course. Winematters teaches approximately 130 hours over the two years but it still leaves considerable home study – do not underestimate the workload.
Costs: for the 2010/2012 course these are: £1550 excluding VAT per academic year. This fee includes: 6 x ISO tasting glasses, spittoon, registration, the WSET study pack plus all 5* recommended books, our famous notes, all wines, and one attempt at each examination. It does not include trips to wineries or abroad.
To register your interest in the WSET Diploma or to request more information:
Contact: Michael Palij MW
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