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WSET Course Level 1

The Level 1 Award in Wines is an entry-level qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine.

A great course for those wanting to taste and recognise the main grape varieties and also explore food and wine matching. It is also ideal for boosting the confidence of new or inexperienced front-line staff in the hospitality and retail sectors.


The Level 1 Award in Wines course offers an entry-level qualification and practical introduction to wine.

You'll explore the main types and styles of wine and learn how to describe wine accurately and make food and wine pairings. Great for anyone new to wine or inexperienced front-line staff in hospitality and wine retail.

At a glance: 

  • Practice tasting of at least 9 wines
  • 6 hours of tuition
  • 0 hours of home study
  • 45-minute multiple-choice exam

If you prefer you can begin your wine studies at Level 2 (it is not necessary to have studied Level 1 first).

For more detail on the course structure and content, as well as assessment criteria and sample exam questions - view the Full Level 1 Specification.

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