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First started in 1969, with the financial backing of the Vintners’ Company. Its aim is to educate the people working in the UK wine and spirit trade.
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust is a UK based charity. It works closely with the drinks industry. WSET helps teach students all over the world about wines and spirits. For many jobs WSET courses are needed to get on.
WSET Wine and Spirit Education Trust Courses are essential for anyone wanting to make the most of their career prospects in the wine and spirit industry. For most jobs in the industry they are essential.
Its influence has grown a lot over the years. Its education and qualifications are highly valued by employers and workers in the trade everywhere. A good number of course entrants are members of the public wishing to learn more about wine and spirits.
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From its origins as a qualification for front of house staff in restaurants and other on-site premises, the WSET Level One award in wines and spirits has grown to be a global attainment for new employees in the wine industry. It is increasingly being undertaken by consumers interested in wine.
The aim of the course is to give a basic introduction to wine followed by some basic food & wine pairing. Successful students get a certificate and a Level 1 Award in wine lapel pin.
Designed for people in their first job. Provides a basic introduction to the skills needed to serve spirits.
Giving an excellent all round knowledge of wines and spirits, this is an extremely popular course. It's of great interest to industry employees and the general public.
The WSET Level Two Award in Wines and Spirits concentrates on the major grape and spirit varieties and regions of the world. Success brings a certificate and relevant lapel pin.
Applicants should hold the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits or show they have a similar level of knowledge. However tackling the Level 2 Award first is highly recommended as this course is very demanding and assumes prior knowledge. This Award is required for those people wishing to study for the WSET Diploma.
The aim of The WSET Level Three Award in Wines is to provide detailed analysis of the principal wines and spirits of the world. Students will also benefit from in-depth tastings where they will learn to identify product style and quality. Successful students also receive a relevant certificate and lapel pin.
Building on the knowledge gained studying for the Level 3 Award, this is the WSET Flagship Qualification. It is coveted by candidates aiming for senior roles such as wine buyers, heads of marketing departments responsible for product ranges etc. Members of the public who have gained the Level 3 Award may also wish to undertake this more demanding qualification.
This challenging two year course is conducted by industry experts, all of whom have up to date knowledge of contemporary and commercial issues related to wines and spirits. Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 4 Award in Wine and Spirits lapel pin. They will also be entitled to use the postnominals DipWSET, and automatically become part of the WSET Alumni network.
We have written a Blog post in which we have outlined the different course details. You will find helpful advice and short clear details of what is involved at each level.