LEVEL 2: This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.
The course covers the following topics:
- How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
- How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
- The style and quality of wines made from 22 regionally important grape varieties, produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:
- Sparkling wines
- Fortified wines
- Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
Principles of food and wine pairing.
Click here to view the full Level 2 Course Specification
Our Level 2 Award Course will run on 3 consecutive Fridays (9.30am-4.30pm) on Fridays 10th, 17th & 24th September 2021. 11 hours additional private study is also recommended for this course. The Examination is 50 multiple choice questions, and lasts 1 hour. It will be taken at the end of the session on 24th Sept,
Registration deadline Friday 3rd September 2021
The Fee includes
- WSET course materials incl; Study Book, Work book, Specification book and SAT ® Tasting Card
- at least 38 well chosen wines including champagne & port
- 3 days of professional WSET tuition by WSET Certified tutor
- Examination fees / internationally-recognised certificate
LEVEL 3: This course is designed for anyone wishing to gain in-depth knowledge of wines and build upon the knowledge gained at Intermediate level. You will acquire a thorough understanding of the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wines from key wine producing regions of the world. You will also develop analytical tasting skills using the systematic approach to tasting, your blind tasting skills will form part of the examinations.
This qualification has full accreditation from the UK Government’s Qualifications & Curriculum Authority as a Level 3 Vocational Qualification. This qualification provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress onto Diploma Level 4.
Important Entry Information: We recommend this course to those who have already completed the WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits course, as this syllabus assumes that candidates already possess a good basic understanding of simple wine making techniques, key grape varieties and viticultural patterns. However, holding WSET Level 2 is not a requirement to enroll on this course - for anyone who wishes to enter the WSET programme at Level 3 without prior study, we strongly advise them to review the course specification on the WSET website by clicking on the book below.
If you are an employer wishing to train your staff this course will equip them with knowledge and understanding of a wide range of products. This course is suitable for someone in a supervisory level position in wine sales and service.
Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
What you'll learn
- Unit 1
The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling.
- How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal still wines of the world, sparkling wines of the world and fortified wines of the world.
- How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality
- Unit 2
How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions and a paper of short written answers.
Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines.
Click here to view the full Level 3 Course Specification (with Example Questions)
Our Level 3 Award Course will run on 6 consecutive Fridays (9.30am-4.30pm) on Fridays 8th, 15th, 22nd Oct and 5th, 12th & 19th Nov 2021 (no session on 29th Oct). These are ideal for trade professionals and wine enthusiasts.
There are 3 x two hour classroom sessions each day, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 4:30pm with an hour break for lunch.
There are 5 full day sessions (30 classroom hours) and an exam session, spread out over 6 weeks. The final exam day is 11am - 4pm
WSET recommends at least 54 hours of home study in addition to the 30 hours of classroom sessions.
Sessions 1,2,3 - Intro, tasting technique, natural and human factors with grape-growing & human factors with winemaking
Sessions 4,5,6 - Whites wines: Germany, Alsace, Austria, Tokaji, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux + Red / rose wines: Bordeaux, SW France, Loire
Sessions 7,8,9 - Red wines: Burgundy, Wines of Rhone, S France, Spain, Portugal, Northern Italy
Sessions 10,11,12 - Central & S Italy, Portugese reds, Premium New World reds and whites
Sessions 13,14,15 - Regional new world wines, Sparkling Wines, Fortified Wines