About the ONLINE COURSE
This course is delivered through a 4-week online study programme based on 7 modules. It will cover the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a tutored and interactive online platform. You will be able to study with your peers under the guidance of a WSET dedicated educator, who can be contacted by the student any time for the duration of the scheduled course.
Choosing the online option allows you more flexibility in terms of self-study time, organizing your studies in accordance to your existing commitments. The course follows a weekly structure, but you can decide to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums at your own pace during the 4 weeks. During the course, you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the group, to participate in weekly online activities and to post tasting notes in order to receive a personalized feedback from your online educator. The tasting is, in fact, an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 wines. These will not be provided in the course, so you will be responsible for buying them yourself in order to complete the tasting exercises. A list of recommended tasting samples will be given online each week.
After attending the course, you will sit the exam at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues in Gothenburg. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
Module 1: What is wine and how is it made?
Discover the main parts of a grape and what they contain. Name the key stages in the annual cycle of grape growing and know what happens during ripening. Define different grape-growing climates and state how they can affect the characteristics of grapes. List the requirements for and the products of alcoholic fermentation. Identify and correctly order the key stages in the production of still white, red and rosé wines.
Module 2: Types and Styles of Wine
Identify the three main styles of wine: still wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines. Study the notable structural characteristics of all wines.
Module 3: Introduction to tasting
Learn how to taste and describe wines using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT).
Module 4: Grape Varieties and Wines
Identify the principal grape varieties and the characteristics and styles of their wines. Identify and relate named wines from principal grape varieties to the grape varieties, types, characteristics and styles of wine. Identify and relate other popular named wines to the types, characteristics and styles of wine.
Module 5: Storage and Service of wines
Define the ideal conditions for the short and long-term storage of wine. Discover the recommended service temperature for the principal types and styles of wine. State the correct procedures for opening and serving wine.
Module 6: Pairing food and wines
Identify the principal food and wine interactions and recognise the effect they typically have on a wine.
Module 7: Revision
Requirements before attending the online course
No prior knowledge is required, although you must be 18 years old at the time of enrolment. The study materials are included in the online classroom and you will get access to them at the start of the online course.
The course is delivered online over 4 weeks. Regular access and participation are essential.
About the exam
In order to obtain the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines certificate, students must sit a final exam consisting of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass, students must answer 70% of the questions correctly. The exam will take place after the completion of the online course.
Please, note that the exam will be sit at one of The Good Wine Habit´s venues. Details of the dates and locations will be indicated in the course dates section.
The Specification contains all the necessary information about the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, the course programme and some suggestions about how to plan your study and get prepared for the final exam and the terms and conditions for the exam. Please, download and read the document carefully.
Cost of the Course
The cost includes the online tuition, the study materials and the examination fee. Please, note that the recommended wines for tasting are not included in the fee. The student will be responsible to purchase the wines for the tasting activities.