Coronavirus updates

This is our dedicated Coronavirus updates page where we will post the latest student information related to COVID-19 and how it will affect your studies. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

17 March 2020, 4.00pm GMT
A message from WSET School London’s Principal, Richard Harding

I hope you are well and safe at this difficult time. I wanted to give you an update on our position regarding COVID-19. This morning we had to make some difficult decisions - it is with regret that we will be closing WSET School London with immediate effect until 4 May 2020. All classroom courses, tastings, events and exams scheduled during this time will be rescheduled/postponed.

In addition, we will be cancelling the D3 Diploma examinations that were due to take place in May. All affected students have now been contacted.

To give you as much clarity as possible, we will be updating this page regularly with any news and frequently asked questions.

Why are we taking these measures?

The situation surrounding COVID-19 globally and in London is developing at such a fast pace. Throughout the last few months we have been doing everything we can to ensure flexibility and continuity for our students, both local and international, offering free cancellations and transfers and taking extensive measures to ensure the hygiene of the School. Unfortunately this is no longer enough to ensure the wellbeing of our students.

While at the time of writing, the UK government has not yet mandated the closing of schools, we believe that we have a social responsibility to take care of the wellbeing of our students, staff and educators. This has led us to this decision. 

What happens next?

Over the coming days, our whole team will be dedicating their time to offering flexible options to all of our students; rearranging courses, offering online learning wherever possible and giving refunds to those who cannot transfer to a future course. This may take some time, but we assure that you we working to achieve the best possible outcome for all who have chosen to study with us.

Please also be assured that WSET School London is in a strong position to weather this difficult storm and we look forward to sharing the wonderful world of wine, spirits and sake with you in near future.

Are online learning courses still available?

Yes, and we encourage anyone who wants to get studying during this period of social distancing to partake in an online course. The examination date and any tasting tutorials may be subject to change, but we will keep you informed of this should you choose to enrol on an online course and make sure that we find you a suitable option.

Currently all of our wine courses and our Level 1 and 2 Spirits courses are available for online learning and can be booked here. Unfortunately our sake courses and the Level 3 Award in Spirits are not currently available online.

I have booked or am hoping to book a course after 4 May, will my course be affected?

Currently all courses due to start on or after 4 May are scheduled to go ahead as planned.

We will be monitoring the situation closely and taking expert advice throughout the next few months. It may be that we do have to extend our closure dates beyond 4 May. However you can rest assured that if you do book a course with us that needs to be rearranged, we will be offering free transfers and cancellations. We would suggest that you avoid booking travel without appropriate insurance, however.

I have another question, who do I contact?

We’re here to help - you can contact us at any time if you have a question. Please note that at present our team are working very hard to respond to all queries in a timely manner but due to the high volume there may be a little delay in getting back to you. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.