NORTHERN WINE SCHOOL COURSES

We offer courses and recognised qualifications in wine, spirits and sake.

The Northern Wine School is an Approved Programme Provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) and Sake Sommelier Association (SSA).

Getting your qualifications can be a real boost to your career. (Or, let’s be honest: your ego – it’s a great thing to boast about!) It’s also a great way to learn more about something you love. We offer a really flexible approach to learning as well as serious support to help you achieve success.

THE WINE AND SPIRIT EDUCATION TRUST (WSET)

This is probably the most recognised qualification in the world of wines and spirits – level one can be completed in a one-day course (with revision) and level three is a five day course if you choose to study at one of our classrooms. We are proud to have a 100% pass rate across all our WSET courses and provide all our students with exclusive additional study guides to help consolidate knowledge and help with exams.

WSET Level 1: Entry level foundation courses. A beginner level introduction to wine, spirits and Sake suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. They can be completed in a short space of time, from 1 day for the in person classroom, to 4 weeks online. They’re open to everyone, so no previous qualifications or experience are necessary to enrol.

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WSET Level 1 wines From £230

This is your entry level course – great for those starting their wine journey, whether that’s a career or simply an interest. You’ll learn how to taste, about grape varieties, regions and climates as well as how to pair food and wine.

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WSET Level 1 spirits FROM £245

An introduction to spirits – great for those with an interest or if you’re starting a career in the industry. You’ll learn about types and styles of spirits as well as the factors affecting flavour and aroma.

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WSET LEVEL 1 BEER FROM £245

An introduction to the world of sake. You’ll explore the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas, as well as how to store and serve Sake properly.

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WSET LEVEL 1 SAKE FROM £245

An introduction to the world of sake. You’ll explore the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas, as well as how to store and serve Sake properly.

WSET Level 2: Intermediate courses in wine, spirits and Sake. More styles covered and technical information explained like production methods, and their impact on flavours, quality and price.  Suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. They can be completed from 3 weeks for the in person classroom, to 5 weeks online. Open to everyone, no previous qualifications or experience required to enrol.

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WSET Level 2 wines From £475

An intermediate course covering the principal important grape varieties and wine styles of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. You’ll also explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

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WSET Level 2 spirits FROM £500

An intermediate course. You’ll learn about the fundamental production methods and principal raw materials, discovering how they are used to make the key spirit styles. You’ll also explore the key practices and principles of serving spirits and the use of spirits in cocktails and the basics of mixing great cocktails.

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WSET Level 2 BEER FROM £500

An intermediate course. You’ll learn about the fundamental production methods and principal raw materials, discovering how they are used to make the key spirit styles. You’ll also explore the key practices and principles of serving spirits and the use of spirits in cocktails and the basics of mixing great cocktails.

WSET Level 3: An advanced courses in wine, spirits and Sake. A detailed understanding of production methods, and their impact on flavours, quality and price of the major styles of product.  Suitable for those developing their career or pursuing an interest in wine, spirits or Sake. They can be completed from 6 weeks for the classroom courses. This is a challenging course, and it is recommended students hold the WSET Level 2 and/or substantial existing relevant experience and knowledge already.

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WSET Level 3 wines From £875

this advanced qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.

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WINE BOOKS, MAPS & AROMA KITS

Helpful study resources for enthusiasts and students looking to increase their wine knowledge and write better tasting notes. From aroma wheels, to wine maps and aroma training kits. They also make great presents for wine lovers. 

Other courses: Specialist courses in specific winemaking countries and regions with the Wine Scholar Guild, or become a Sake specialist with the Sake Sommelier Association.

French Wine Scholar (WSG)

French wine scholar £820

An in depth specialist course covering the wine regions of France. Perfect for those keen on French wine or looking to build on their WSET Level 2 or 3 Wines knowledge. Also helpful for those planning to study the WSET Diploma.

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SPANISH WINE SCHOLAR £820

An in depth specialist course covering the wine regions of Spain. Perfect for those keen on Spanish wine or looking to build on their WSET Level 2 or 3 Wines knowledge. Also helpful for those planning to study the WSET Diploma.

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SAKE SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION from £95

Introduction to Sake course looking for those who want to cover the basics of Sake, or delve deeper and become a Certified Sake Sommelier with the Sake Sommelier Association.

Purchasing one of our courses as a gift or for an employee? They’ll love you forever! Please make sure you let us know their details after purchase (first & last names, date of birth & email address). They will need to be registered to take the exam at the end. They won’t be sent anything until a couple of weeks before the course, so the surprise won’t be spoiled- Don’t worry!

We can even email a PDF gift message to you to present, just put your request in the order details box or email us hello@northernwineschool.co.uk after purchase.

Need a Re-sit? Take your WSET exam online or in Manchester with us

FAQs

Purchasing one of our courses as a gift or for an employee? No problem. Please make sure you let us know their details after purchase (first & last names, date of birth, email address). They will need to be registered to take the exam at the end.

If it is a gift, they won’t be sent anything until a couple of weeks before the course, so the surprise won’t be spoiled- Don’t worry! We can even email a PDF gift message to you to present, just put your request in the order details box or email us hello@northernwineschool.co.uk after purchase

No matter how you choose to study with us, you get the following included in the price: the student pack or workbook, access to our online study guides and revision resources, help from a WSET Certified Educator when you need it during office hours, all postage costs, your first attempt at the exam and certificate and pin badge on successful completion.

You do not need to have completed the Level 1 qualifications to study the Level 2. If you have some knowledge and interest in wine already, you may find it more fulfilling and useful to start with Level 2. However, the Level 1 is a nice, gentle introduction to the theory of winemaking and the most popular grape varieties.

Level 3 is much more demanding and includes a tasting exam. You therefore must have studied Level 2 already or have good working knowledge of wines or spirits already. We reserve the right to refuse enrolment, so please do get in touch with us to discuss this first if you do not currently hold the Level 2. If it has been some time since you completed Level 2, it would be beneficial if you revisited the coursework first to remind yourself of the fundamentals.

If you have passed the same level previously, or a higher one, unfortunately you will not be able to sit the exam again to obtain a higher score. You are welcome to attend the classes or buy the latest student materials to refresh your skills, but please get in touch with us first to discuss. Unfortunately, we are unable to partially refund the cost of any course once you have registered. The WSET will check their records to verify you, and charge for this.

The WSET was founded over 50 years ago with the mission to create a universal skill set and level of knowledge and understanding. Their courses are now regarded as the industry standard, and taught by accredited schools like Northern Wine School (known as APPs/Approved Programme Providers) around the world in almost every country. They are essential for anyone considering a career in wines, spirits or Sake and help keen enthusiasts develop their appreciation to the next level.
With a WSET qualification, you are an expert! In addition, most are also recognised by the UK government on the national qualification framework and Northern Wine School and the WSET are regulated and monitored by OfQual. They count towards your continuing professional development.

We need to order the papers 2 weeks before the classroom course starts. Unfortunately, once they are dispatched by the WSET we cannot defer your exam sitting, except in exceptional circumstances. We need to send all papers back to the WSET whether they have been used or not for security and to protect the integrity of their qualifications. We cannot hold onto unused papers. If you are unable to sit the paper, then we will have to order another one at additional cost. 

If you are sitting the online version, please let us know as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the date and time cannot be changed less than 7 working days before the exam. There will be an admin charge for rearranging after this time equal to the cost of the exam.

Unfortunately, our course fees are non refundable. Cancelling 15 or more working days before the course start date will incur a 10% cancellation fee as well as less any materials you have been sent. If you request to cancel within 15 working days, then no refund will be due. We can transfer you to alternative date free of charge with at least 15 working days notice.

Everything you need to pass! The workbook and textbooks are designed to carefully help guide your study and contain all the information you will be assessed on. Wider reading is encouraged, but if it’s not mentioned in the official text, then you won’t be expected to know it.

If you have done the required self study (and also made good use of our study guides) you should be fine. Worrying is natural, but do try not to worry too much: you’ve got this! The higher the level, the more detailed the syllabus and the more knowledge and understanding expected of you. However, if you don’t pass then we can arrange a resit subject to an additional fee.

Yes, so long as you have completed the course and done the required private study for it. We will check with your previous educator, and reserve the right to refuse if we feel your level of knowledge isn’t sufficient. However, the course is universal no matter where you study it in the world, so you can take the re-sit so long as you have already done the course and on payment of the current re-sit fee.

If you are booked onto a classroom-based course your exam will be on the last week, or at the end of the day for the Level 1. If you are opting for the online versions, we need 15 working days to book the exam for you. Please make sure you can attend the date, as papers cannot be cancelled once dispatched by the WSET. Online exams are available for the Level 1 & 2 qualifications, and can be scheduled any date or time that suits you, subject to the 15 working day minimum.

We hope you are enjoying your course, and strive to give you the best experience possible. If you are concerned about any aspect of our teaching, then we please ask you to get in touch with us first. Details on our complaints policy can be found here.