WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.

Applications for this course are now paused until more funding is released for these courses. Please check back again in July.

The WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines is an ideal starting point for those embarking on a career in wine or hospitality. A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine.

For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin. Find out if this course is right for you.

 

What you'll learn

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to store and serve wine
  • The principles of food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

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WSET BURSARIES

WSET offers a bursary scheme which is designed to help potential students in the UK who would otherwise be unable to take a WSET qualification due to financial hardship. The Drinks Trust has been appointed to administer the WSET bursaries by offering free WSET courses through its Develop programme. 

ABOUT THE PROVIDER

WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s drinks professionals and enthusiasts. WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine, spirit and sake knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines, spirits and sake.

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BEFORE YOU START

Please read the criteria and ensure you have all the documents you need before you begin your application as once you start the form you will not be able to exit and come back to it.

Please choose whether you’d like to attend an in-person class at WSET School London in Bermondsey Street – London SE1, or an online class, or choose a course with one of our regional WSET Approved Programme Providers before starting the application process. 

REGIONAL PROVIDERS
Scotland
Greater London
Midlands
South West
East of England
South West
South West
South East, South West
Greater London
Scotland
Scotland
South West
South East, South West, Midlands
South East
South East
South East
South West
Midlands
North West
Midlands, North West
North West
Midlands
North West
South West
Scotland
South East
South East
Scotland
South West
South East
Midlands
Greater London
North East
South East
South West
Wales
South East
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • Must be 18 or over
  • Must be resident of UK with NI number
  • Must have UK bank account
  • Must be able to provide up to 300 words about why this course will help their career
  • No prior work experience needed

As a guideline for approval, applicants must have either less than £2,000 in their current and savings bank accounts or earning less than £26,000 per annum. The assessment will be made on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration exceptions to the above guideline. If you're in doubt about being eligible, please submit the application and the Develop Team will assess your case.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Bank statements
  • 300 words about why this course will help their career
ENQUIRIES

For enquiries related to any of the WSET courses offered by Develop please email WSETBursary@drinkstrust.org.uk

Applications for this course are now paused until more funding is released for these courses. Please check back again in July.