WSET Courses

Who are the Wine and Spirits Education Trust?

The WSET has been educating wine professionals and enthusiasts since 1969. They have since grown from their home in London to a worldwide network of 700+ Approved Programme Providers. They currently operate in 75 countries, 17 languages and had a record 108,557 students sit an exam in the 2018/19 academic year. Their mission is to provide accessible, best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirit professionals and enthusiasts. The Awards are globally recognised and an invaluable asset for those in the trade. In 2015, they were awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for their achievements in reaching international markets.

Qualifications range from the Level 1 Award, teaching basic knowledge of wine and wine service; to Level 4 Diploma, an intensive two year course combining detailed wine knowledge, commercial influence and technical expertise. You can visit their website here.

Level 1 Award in Wines

Who is it for?

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginners’ course intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of wines. It is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to wines. The qualification will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main types and styles of wines, for example people who work with wines as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail and hospitality sectors.

What is covered during the course?
  • The WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine
  • The characteristics of the Level 1 principal grape varieties
  • The grape-growing and winemaking processes
  • Storage and service of wine
  • Health, safety and legal issues
  • The pairing of food and wine
What is the assessment criteria?
  • Students must pass a 30 question closed-book multiple choice exam to gain the qualification. The exam takes place on the day of the course.
Course specification

You can view the course specification here. Please ensure you have read it fully prior to registering.

Upcoming WSET Level 1 Courses

Duration: 1 full day, 9.30-17.30

Date: 19th October 2019

Additional study time: None

Cost: €180+IVA (@ 21%)

Included in the course fee: Workbook, examination fee, certificate and all tasting samples.

Location: Hotel Aranea

Entry requirements: None
How to register: Read the course specification, then click Register below to complete your registration. Study materials are received on the day of the course, or can be collected in advance by prior arrangement.

Registration deadline: 17th October 2019

Level 2 Award in Wines

Who is it for?

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge. It is suitable wherever a good level of wine knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in the customer service and sales functions of hospitality, retailing and wholesaling industries. It is also useful for those who have a general interest in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge.

What is covered during the course?
  • The WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • How grapes are grown for wine and other environmental factors affecting style and quality
  • Winemaking, maturation and their impact on style and quality
  • Characteristics and styles  made from principal grape varieties
  • Other regionally important wine-producing regions of the world
  • Production techniques and styles of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing
What is the assessment criteria?
  • Students must pass a 50 question closed-book multiple choice exam to gain the qualification. The exam takes place on the final day of the course.
Course specification

You can view the course specification here. Please ensure you have read it fully prior to registering.

Upcoming WSET Level 2 Courses

Duration: 3 full days, 9.30-17.30

Date: 20th, 21st and 22nd November 2019

Additional study time: 11 hours

Cost: €545+IVA (@ 21%)
Included in the course fee: Textbook, workbook, examination fee, certificate and all tasting samples.
Location: Hotel Aranea 
Entry requirements: None
How to register: Read the course specification, then click Register below. Study materials are received on the first day of the course, or can be collected in advance by prior arrangement. N.B. For intensive courses, study packs must be collected in advance as full review of the textbook is required before the first day.

Registration deadline: 7th November 2019

Level 3 Award in Wines

Who is it for?
The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced course designed to give a thorough understanding of the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. The qualification will assist those who are required to make professional evaluations of wines with regards to their style, quality and price. The qualification provides the in-depth product knowledge required to underpin job skills and competencies, for example in product selection in the retail and hospitality sectors.
What is covered during the course?
  • The Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting is employed to hone and perfect tasting technique
  • Factors affecting style, quality and price of wines
  • How legal structures affect winemaking and styles
  • In depth examination of wine-producing regions of the world
  • The production of:
    – Still wines
    – Sparkling wines
    – Sweet wines
    – Fortified wines
What is the assessment criteria?
  • Student must pass both parts of a closed-book theory and tasting exam to gain the qualification. The theory exam consists of two parts: a 50 question multiple choice paper and a short written answer paper. The tasting exam consists of a blind tasting and assessment of two wines. The exam takes place on the final day of the course.
Course specification

You can view the course specification here. Please ensure you have read it fully prior to registering.

Upcoming WSET Level 3 Courses

Duration: 6 full days, 9.30-17.30

Date: 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th December 2019

Additional study time: 52 hours

Cost: €930+IVA (@ 21%)

Included in the course fee: Textbook, workbook, examination fee, certificate and all tasting samples.
Location: Hotel Aranea 
Entry requirements: Students must have passed the WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits Exam or the online entry test.
How to register: Read the course specification, then click Register below. Study materials must be collected in advance by prior arrangement. This is in order that students can complete the pre-course reading prior to the first day.
Registration deadline: 14th October 2019

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