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WSET® Level 5 Honours Diploma

***Please note: The Level 5 Honours Diploma is being withdrawn and the 2014-15 academic year is the last year it will be available. If you wish to sit the Honours Diploma you will need to complete the course and pass the assessment on or before the 31st of July 2015.***

This qualification is open to students who have completed their WSET Level 4 Diploma and would like to continue studying a specific subject in depth.
In the case of Diploma Graduates who have a business need to conduct research work and report on a particular topic, this work may also be submitted as an academic piece to gain the Honours Diploma.

This qualification is also suitable for potential students looking to continue on to a higher qualification such as Master of Wine or other further education and qualification options.

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This qualification enables students to develop skills in research, evaluation and analysis. A student enrolling for an Honours Diploma will receive tutorial support on how to approach the project. However, students are expected to work independently, set their own deadlines, submit a proposal for approval and manage the process of research, production and submission of the project.


A student submitting a research project of between 4,000 and 5,000 words will be required to demonstrate the ability to carry out an in-depth, extensive study by:  
  • Selecting an appropriate subject for in-depth, extensive study
  • Submitting an outline proposal for review
  • Carrying out a literature review of the subject area chosen
  • Planning and investigation
  • Presenting information in a suitable format
  • Managing own time to meet objectives              
PDF File Honours Diploma Specification 2011/12 (3466KB)  

Candidate Assignment Brief
Students will be required to demonstrate the application of business skills by identifying and solving problems, developing ideas in the creation of new/modified products, services or situations within the 4000 - 5000 word allocation for the project.
Click here for the candidate assignment brief


Where to Study?

A candidate enrolling for an Honours Diploma should contact their APP for guidance on how to approach the project.  However, candidates are expected to work independently, set their own deadlines submit a proposal for approval and manage the process of research, production and submission of the project in line with guidance given at the workshop.

Please contact Kate Newland for more details: 

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Many WSET qualifications are part of the UK qualifications framework, and the education courses leading to WSET qualifications are an invaluable source of information for students to enhance their knowledge of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are not a guarantee of employment or career progression, nor do they form part of any regulated qualifications framework outside UK.

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