This online course is a great starting point for the novice wine enthusiast, or those starting a career in wine or hospitality.
About the course
Learn about wines through a 4 week online study programme that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Level 1 Award in Wines Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported and interactive Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online.
You will learn how to taste wine using a systematic approach and be able to identify the main styles of wine. You’ll also learn to apply these to your own food and wine choices.
As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, by sharing your tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 6 wines (not provided, but you will be given guidance on the styles to taste).
Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
- The main types and styles of wine
- Common wine grapes and their characteristics
- How to make food and wine pairings
- Online tasting of six wines with educator feedback (students to provide their own samples)
- How to store and serve wine
- How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
Do I need any prior knowledge?
No prior knowledge is required. The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.
What study options are available?
The course is delivered online over four weeks with a minimum of three hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation is essential.
The course includes an attended examination at one of our centres. Details of the dates and locations for these are outlined in the course dates.
London - daytime exam
Four weeks of online guided study
How much does it cost?
The cost includes access to our Online Classroom, online tuition and examination.
Note that the exam is not online and takes place at WSET School London, the date and time of the exam is detailed in the course dates. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions.
This qualification is Ofqual regulated.
The full specification, a revised edition new for August 2018, for the Level 1 Award in Wines will be available here from July.
If you would like some direction in the interim on what to expect - including details of your learning outcomes; a list of recommended tasting samples and guidance concerning the examination - you can review the current version published to the Level 1 Award in Wines classroom course page, however please be advised that this version will be replaced on the 1st August, and details will differ from the revised edition.