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NEW WSET ONLINE Courses - Live NOW - study from the comfort of your own lounge.

Our award-winning wine tutors are ready NOW to guide you through WSET Courses via ZOOm and CLICKMEETING.

There is no substitute for taking a wine course in a live face to face environment where you can be guided through the wines by a qualified expert and share the experience with other wine enthusiasts.

BUT in the present climate and for customers with schedule and location constraints - this is sometimes not practical.

Our online WSET courses mean you can now study for your WSET qualification from the comfort of your own home

The Local Wine School Network is the UK's leading and award winning wine education company. Your online course will be delivered in LIVE classroom sessions hosted by one of our certified WSET educators. All our tutors are knowledgeable and passionate about wine, they are some of the best wine educators in the business.

Why choose to study online with us:

  • Our courses offer a near classroom experience online - you will be tutored through your course by a professionally qualified wine tutor, they are not 'self-study' or 'distance learning' courses
  • Our courses cover the same content as the classroom courses
  • You will be able to interact LIVE with your tutor and ask any questions you have
  • We offer a different course formats including evening, weekend and condensed courses so you can choose the format that suits your schedule
  • Take the exam in person at any of our classroom centres nationwide (once our classroom sessions are up and running again) or select the option of an online exam in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you. (Level 1 and Level 2 only)

You don’t need to worry about sourcing the wines to taste on your online course. One of our wine experts has specially selected wines for each course specifically designed to illustrate key learning outcomes. When you sign up for your course you’ll be sent a link to buy the recommended wines at an exclusive discounted price.

Local Wine School is the best choice to study WSET Online Courses - we have an unrivalled network of award-winning wine tutors, and you can take your exam at a selection of over 20 wine schools UK-wide, or NOW take your exam Online. No other provider can offer this flexibility.

ONLINE WSET qualifications are a 'must have' for anybody seriously considering a career in the wine industry. They are also a great way to learn about wine in a fun, concentrated, & intensive way.

There are 3 levels of WSET Course - Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 - see below for more information on each level.

OR keep scrolling/swiping to bottom of this page for a full list of scheduled Locations, Dates, & Prices across the UK.

All WSET courses are examined, but dont worry our WSET-approved tutors have some of the highest pass rates in the country, and our network is run by the Riedel WSET Educator of the Year! Our Wine Schools are WSET Approved Programmed Providers, trained & approved by the WSET to deliver these specialist courses.

We are the leading WSET Educator in the UK with more Scholarship Awards than any other provider.

To find your nearest WSET Approved Wine School - just click on a location below.

Winner - WSET Educator of the Year 2015

Join us at the best place to study WSET courses - with the 2015 Riedel WSET Educator of the Year Winner's Local Wine School network.

The most sought-after award amongst wine schools worldwide - over 600 wine schools in 66 countries compete for this trophy - but there is only one winner.

Our schools have been shortlisted for this award 6 times in the last 8 years and won the award in 2015 and 2018. 

We successfully coach more candidates through their WSET exams than any other WSET provider - no other provider comes anywhere close!

WSET ONLINE Courses

WSET ONLINE Courses

NEW WSET ONLINE Courses - Live NOW - study from the comfort of your own lounge!


ONLINE WSET Level 1

ONLINE WSET Level 1

The ONLINE WSET Level 1 in Wines is an entry level qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine. A great course for those wanting to taste & recognise the main grape varieties, & explore food and wine

Learn about wines through a 2 or 3 week study programme with 2 or 3 LIVE online classroom sessions (also recorded so you can watch them back).  Plus, the support of our expert educators to answer any questions and help with your studying. The Level 1 Award in Wines Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course - but through online platforms (Zoom/ClickMeeting) which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator.

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.

Tasting is a very enjoyable part of studying for this course and we recommend you taste a minimum of 6 wines (there is an option to purchase an accompanying tasting case from local wine merchants or we can provide guidance on the styles to taste for you to source yourself!)

Take a peak at the full Level 1 Spec....

For dates, prices and more information visit your local wine school:


ONLINE WSET Level 2

ONLINE WSET Level 2

This beginner to intermediate level qualification course provides a structured exploration of the world of wine and is suitable for both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. Individuals on this course will gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, candidates will explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe wines with confidence.



What the course covers:

  • Wine tasting: You will learn how to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)
  • Food and wine pairing: You will learn the principles of food and wine pairing
  • Wine service and storage: You will learn the correct way to store and serve wine and how to recognise common faults found in wine
  • Labelling: You will learn how to decode and understand wine labels
  • Factors influencing the style of wine: You will explore how environmental factors, grape-growing, vineyard and maturation options influence the style and quality of the wines made all over the world
  • Grape varieties: You'll learn about the styles of wines produced by the key international red and white grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah/Shiraz) as well as the styles of wines made with 22 regionally important grape varieties grown in 70 wine regions (GI's) around the world
  • Sparkling and Fortified wines: You will be taught how grape varieties and winemaking processes influence the style of wines in these two key wine categories

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines has full accreditation from OfQual as part of the UK Government’s Qualifications & Credits Framework as a Level 2 Vocational Qualification. No prior wine knowledge is required however the course builds upon the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines which may be more suitable for those completely new to wine. We recommend you read the course specification document before you sign up for the course. You can read this document by clicking here

Course format:

We have the widest choice available anywhere - over 20 wine schools around the UK and a choice of

  • WEEKDAY Evenings – 8x 2-hour sessions over 8 consecutive weeks
  • WEEKDAY Afternoons – 8x 2-hour sessions over 3 consecutive weeks
  • WEEKEND Afternoons – 4x 4hr sessions (each with a 1-hour lunchbreak) over 4 consecutive weeks

Course delivery:

  • The Level 2 Award in Wines online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course and is delivered LIVE in virtual classroom sessions by one of our certified wine educators
  • Candidates will receive a complete WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course study pack, comprising the course book (a comprehensive guide to the wines of the world 'Behind the Label'), a study guide (complete with maps, example questions and forms for your own tasting notes), course specification and laminated 'Systematic Approach To Tasting' card
  • The course includes 16 hours online tuition and we recommend a minimum of 12 hours additional study
  • Your tutor will taste 12 wines with you on the course
  • You will receive access to practice multiple-choice revision questions
  • You will be sent details of how to join your LIVE sessions when you book

Please note a reliable broadband connection is essential for the completion of this online course as is basic computer skills.

Examination:

To obtain the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Qualification, you will need to successfully pass the online exam. The exam is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 1 hour. A mark of 55% is required to pass the exam. 

The course fee Includes:

  • All WSET course materials posted to you at no extra charge including; Looking Behind the Label course manual, Study Guide, specification and SAT Tasting Card
  • 16 Hours of LIVE virtual, interactive sessions taught by a Local Wine School WSET Certified Tutor
  • Exclusive access to practice multiple choice questions
  • Internationally recognised WSET qualification, certificate and pin for those who pass the exam
  • Taking the exam in person at any of our classroom centres nationwide (once our classroom sessions are up and running again)
  • There is the option to take an online exam* in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you. (Level 1 and Level 2 only)

*Additional Fees may apply to take an Online Exam - contact your chosen Wine School for further details.

Course Wines:

It is recommended that 12 wines are tasted as part of this course, although this is optional and not essential to complete the course. Please note that the cost of wines is not included in the course fee.

We can recommend wines for YOU to buy or alternatively our wine experts have specially selected wines designed to demonstrate specific learning outcomes - the link to purchase this online exclusive discounted tasting case with FREE delivery will be emailed to you when you book your place.

For dates, prices and more information visit your local wine school:


ONLINE WSET Level 3

ONLINE WSET Level 3

This course is delivered online over seven weeks with a minimum of 80 hours total study (including LIVE virtual lessons) recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular internet access and participation is essential.

The Level 3 Award in Wines Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported 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. The course fee includes an attended examination at one of our UK-wide Wine Schools.

The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required. Additionally, the course assessment requires your answers to be hand-written, therefore a good level of written and spoken English is very beneficial.

  • Our expert tutors will additionally host ‘office hours’ for two hours each week for nine consecutive weeks outside of the virtual taught lessons to answers any questions students may have during their revisions.
  • Students will also receive access to revision tools such as short written mock exam questions, revision exercises and useful videos. 
  • As part of the course fee, you will be invited to attend a tasting tutorial day at a Local Wine School to help you prepare for the tasting examination.
  • Students will be scheduled to attend the exam on a specificied date upon enrolment - however, this can be changed to a selection of different dates at a wide variety of locations across the UK at one of our Local Wine Schools. Subject to notification in writing no later than 15 working days prior to the scheduled exam date.

The Course Fee Includes:

  • Course study pack (posted to students)
  • Access to full LIVE virtual taught lessons hosted on ZOOM
  • Professional WSET tuition from award-winning network
  • Attendance to an in-house tasting revision day at choice of Local Wine School
  • Exam & all related examination fees
  • Internationally-recognised WSET qualification certificate and pin for those who pass the exam

Course Wines:
It is recommended that 24 wines are tasted as part of this course outside of the in-house tasting revision day. Please note that the cost of wines is not included in the listed course fee. The course tutor will send through the recommended wine styles for students to obtain and sample as part of this course. We have also hand-selected a tasting case of 24 wines (comprised of half bottles and full bottles) that can be purchased in addition to the course fee. If you would like to purchase this case (as opposed to sourcing the wines yourself), a link to purchase this tasting case will be sent to you upon registering for this course. Delivery to any address in mainland UK is free. Currently, we are unable to arrange delivery to addresses outside of Mainland UK.

For dates, prices and more information visit your local wine school:

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