Wine and Spirit Education Trust

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) was founded in 1969 in London, England to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET® has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.

In addition to courses and qualifications for those in the ‘trade’, we have an increasing number of ‘consumers’, or enthusiasts, who attend courses. They may attend a course because of a wish to gain a formal qualification or simply a desire to enhance their knowledge of the ever-increasing variety of wines and spirits being produced in the world today.

WSET® works through a network of Approved Programme Providers around the world. These external Providers are rigorously checked to ensure that they deliver the high standard of teaching required to enable students to pass their WSET® qualification.

Whatever your level of interest, you will find it at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and we look forward to welcoming you onto one of our programs.

Information from www.wsetglobal.com

Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Level 1 Award in Wines

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Online Class prepares participants for the scheduled WSET Level 1 Award in Wines examinations scheduled all throughout the year. Participants are given the option to enroll in the online course bundled with the examination to have their slots reserved right away.

Modules

Module 1: What is Wine & How is it Made?

Module 2: Types & Styles of Wine

Module 3: Introduction to Tasting

Module 4: Grape Varieties & Wines

Module 5: Storage & Service of Wines

Module 6: Pairing Food & Wines

Module 7: Revision

Examination

Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Level 2 Award in Wines

Gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. You’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

The course is based around a 5-week, 6-module online programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in sequential order during this 5-week window. There is a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook. Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study.

The course prepares the student for our qualification and they are guided by a WSET educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each module includes a series of independent activities to help students understand wine label terminology and recognize the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.

Students should be advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. A list of recommended tasting samples can be found in the specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. Additional tasting may be included by the APP at their discretion.

Course Program

Module 1: Introduction to Wine Tasting, Pairing, Storage & Service

  • Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.
  • Discover the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully.
  • Learn the processes and principles of wine storage and service.

Module 2: Factors Affecting Wine Style & Quality

  • Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the style and quality of the wine
  • Learn the meaning of labelling terms related to vine age and grape-growing options.

Module 3: Still Red Wines

  • Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the principal and regionally important black grape varieties, how they influence the style and quality of the wines produced.
  • Learn the meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.

 

Module 4: Still White Wine

  • Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the principal and regionally important white grape varieties, how they influence the style and quality of the wines produced.
  • Learn the meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.

 

Module 5: Other Styles of Wine

  • Learn about the key grape varieties used to produce the principal styles of sparkling and fortified wines.
  • Learn the key wine making processes used to make sparkling and fortified wines.
  • Learn the meaning of labelling terms indicating style and quality.

 

Module 6: Revision & Feedback Questionnaire

  • There is a mock multiple choice test to complete.

 

Examination

  • Examination date must be provided by the APP when the student books the course.
  • 1-hour exam must take place after advertised finish date of the course.
  • APPs should register students and book examinations with WSET Awards for the advertised fees as usual.
  • Learn how the environmental and winemaking factors influence the style and quality of the wine
  • Learn the meaning of labelling terms related to vine age and grape-growing options.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Level 1 Award in Spirit

The WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is for individuals who have little or no prior knowledge of spirits. The qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main styles and categories of spirits. You will learn about the main styles and types of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

Modules

Module 1: Spirits Production
Module 2: Brandy & Vodka
Module 3: Rum, Tequila, and Whisk(e)y
Module 4: Flavoured Spirits, Storage & Service of Spirits
Module 5: Revision and Resources

Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Level 2 Award in Spirit

The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is for individuals who have little or no prior knowledge of spirits. The course provides a comprehensive level of focused product knowledge suitable for those interested in improving job skills and competencies in the spirits industry. By the end of the course, you will be able to give information on the characteristics of the principal spirits and aromatised wines and their production methods. You will also be able to confidently provide guidance on the use and service of spirits and make informed recommendations to customers when selecting spirits and liqueurs to meet their taste and price requirements.

Modules

Module 1: Introducing Spirits
Module 2: Fruit and Sugar Cane Spirits
Module 3: Whisk(e)y, Tequila, and Mezcal
Module 4: Vodka; Flavoured Spirits; Liqueurs and Aromatised Wines
Module 5: Bar Essentials and Cocktails
Module 6: Revision and Resources

Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Level 1 Award in Sake Online

The WSET Level 1 Award in Sake is a foundational course for individuals with little or no prior knowledge of sake. This qualification will provide students with a basic familiarity with the main styles and categories of sake. By the end of the course, students will be able to list the principal categories of sake, state their defining characteristics, and know the key principles involved in the storage and service of sake. This will allow for individuals to have the knowledge to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of sake.

Modules

Module 1: What is Sake and How is it Made?
Module 2: Categories and Grades of Sake
Module 3: An Introduction to Tasting Sake
Module 4: Sake Production
Module 5: Japanese Labelling Terms and Speciality Styles of Sake
Module 6: Storage and Service of Sake
Module 7: Revision and Resources