WSET Diploma: Unit 4

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This module will provide the student with a detailed, contemporary knowledge of the history, production and commercial significance of spirits & beer, particularly those available in the UK market. It will also teach a systematic tasting technique to determine the raw materials, quality, degree of maturity, age, origins & style of these products. The same aspects of Cider will be studied in less depth.


• Brandies, whiskies, rums, vodka, tequila, gin, flavoured spirits, fruit spirits, liqueurs, ales, lagers, cider and perry.
• Factors affecting: regional locations, raw materials, production, maturation, blending and finishing, product variations, cost and pricing.
• Trade and legal structures: trade bodies, relevant legislation, duty, major producers.
• Principal characteristics: appearance, nose, taste, raw materials, quality, degree of maturity, age, origins & style
The spirit content of this module covers the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma units 4.

Entry Requirements:

WSET Level 3 certificate

Must be over 18 years old.

Dates & Location:

Dates: 25th January- 17th May 2018

Time: 14:30- 16:15

Location: Plumpton


Every Thursday for 14 Weeks.




  • Studying at Plumpton gives you the chance to enjoy time at the heart of the South East of England’s wine production industry.
  • We’ve got 10 hectares of vineyards producing 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wines each year at Plumpton.
  • We’ve also got a purpose-built Plumpton Wine Centre which includes a commercial winery, research winery, laboratories and a sensory evaluation room for you to experience.
  • Combined with our team of international expert lecturers, you’ll certainly gain an excellent all-round experience at Plumpton.

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