Prizes and bursaries

Prizes and Awards

Each year WSET celebrates the achievements of our successful students and course providers with a number of prizes and Awards:

How our Prizes (Levels 2-4) are awarded

​​Prizes are provided by sponsors and Corporate Patrons and are managed by the WSET Academic team.

They are awarded for each academic year, which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Candidates who achieve outstanding marks in their examinations may be eligible for a Prize.

Eligible candidates will be contacted by WSET in autumn once all the results for qualifying examinations have been collated. These Prizes do not take the form of financial grants to fund studies but are in recognition of examination performance.

Click here for a current list of Prizes

(please note, the Prizes are subject to change so please check for updates frequently)

WSET bursaries

WSET UK Bursary Scheme

WSET operates a bursary scheme which is designed to help potential students in the UK who would otherwise be unable to take a WSET qualification due to financial hardship. Bursaries can be awarded to fund between 25% and 75% of the cost of any WSET qualification, depending on the individual circumstances of each applicant. Applications for funding under the WSET Bursary Scheme should be submitted by email to bursary@wsetglobal.com. The applicant will then be advised of the full application process. All applications for funding under the WSET Bursary Scheme are subject to approval and are at the discretion of the WSET Board of Trustees.

To apply, email bursary@wsetglobal.com

WSET Asia Pacific Student Bursary Fund

As part of its commitment to advancing education and training in wines, spirits and sake, WSET Asia Pacific Limited has established a bursary fund to help potential students in the Asia Pacific region who would otherwise be unable to take a WSET qualification. The bursaries, supported by the generous donations of companies, organisations and philanthropic individuals in the Asia Pacific Region, are for WSET Levels 1-3 Award in Wines, Spirits or Sake. They are open to anyone of legal drinking age (in the country or territory where they plan to study) in the Asia Pacific region. Recipients may study at their chosen WSET course provider.

Find out more about this bursary fund

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Bursaries available through third party initiatives

IWC Education Bursary (global except for UK)

The WSET works in collaboration with International Wine Challenge (IWC) who run the IWC Education Bursary. For successful international applicants, the IWC will contribute towards course fees at their local WSET Approved Programme Provider. Support is available for the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or the WSET Diploma courses. In line with the global vision of both organisations, and with the objective of stimulating diversity and inclusion in education, this bursary is only offered to students who are resident outside the UK.

More information / Apply now

Contact bursary@internationalwinechallenge.com if you have any queries.

Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarships (global)

Part of our strategic alliance with WSET Corporate Patron the Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3), provides scholarships to deserving applicants to be applied toward their WSET course fees. The Foundation offers scholarships for all qualifications at the course provider of the recipients choosing.

The WOTVS Foundation provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development. Providing women with education, resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of the organization and success. Scholarships are offered to US and non-US residents.

For more information visit womenofthevine.com.

The Equal Measures Project (UK)

Equal Measures is a project focusing on delivering greater equity in the UK drinks industry. Participants from marginalised groups will be given the opportunity to bolster their CV by studying for the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits. High-performing participants will also be offered the opportunity to study for the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits. WSET courses will be delivered by WSET Approved Programme Provider, The Mixing Class.

Further opportunities such as Personal Licence courses will also be made available to every participant. Upon successful application the participant will be twinned with a leading industry figure, who will take a vested interest in their professional development, and offer mentorship for a minimum of three months.

Support via Equal Measures is available to those in the UK from Black, Asian, and other minority ethnicities, but also for those from other marginalised groups, such as queer and gender queer persons, those who are neurodivergent, or who face systemic barriers to their progression.

Applications are open throughout the year and are handled directly by Equal Measures in collaboration with The Drinks Trust.

Apply here now. 

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Develop, by The Drinks Trust (UK)

Develop is The Drinks Trust’s vocational hardship initiative to combat the significant lack of skilled staff due in the UK drinks and hospitality industries caused by multiple lockdowns, Brexit, a lack of new entrants, and a national talent drain. It intends both to help lift people out of long-term hardship and to grow the UK drinks and hospitality industry workforce by offering people access to industry-relevant courses across mixology, bartending, cider making, brewing, cellar management and wine and spirits training.

Participants can currently apply to complete the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits through Develop.

To apply for a course via Develop, participants:

  • Must be 18 or over
  • Must be resident of UK with NI number
  • Must have UK bank account
  • Must have less than £2000 in your current and savings bank accounts.
  • Must be able to provide up to 300 words about why the course will help their career
  • No prior work experience needed

Applications are open throughout the year and are handled directly by The Drinks Trust.

Apply here now. 

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The Worshipful Company of Distillers (UK)

The Worshipful Company of Distillers provides the following annual bursaries and scholarships for WSET spirits qualifications:

  • Three Level 3 Award in Spirits bursaries
  • Eight Level 2 Award in Spirits bursaries
  • Thirteen Level 1 Award in Spirits bursaries
  • One scholarship for outstanding achievement at Level 3 Award in Spirits to provide extending learning
  • One scholarship for a student to study for the Level 3 Award in Spirits qualification upon the successful completion of the Level 2 Award in Spirits qualification

All applications for the above bursaries should be made through WSET and submitted by email.

To apply, email bursary@wsetglobal.com

Please do not send applications to the Worshipful Company of Distillers.