Organic Wine Club is now an approved programme provider for WSET qualifications. It means that if you live in or around Worcester Park, you can enrol to Level 1 or Level 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications easily. Great commute to and from South West London, Wimbledon, Clapham, but also Kingston and Sutton.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the world’s leading provider of qualifications in wines and spirits. Established in the UK in 1969, WSET’s qualifications are now recognised as the international standard by both the industry and enthusiasts. Since 1969 over half a million students have chosen to take a WSET qualification. Numbers are definitely impressing.
Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is designed for everyone who wants to gain a core understanding of wines. This qualification is very well structured and will give you a clear picture of the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided.
At the end of the course there is a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin, and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
Your humble writer has started his wine journey from different sources and at some point it felt like you know quite a lot, but it is all scattered across different styles, wines and labels. Level 2 was that entrance to the world of wine where everything started to fall into place - labelling terms are clear, styles are tried and tested, personal preferences are more defined and there is an important bit of wine vocabulary learnt. It is so much easier now to articulate what are particular wine preferences.
It is increasingly important for everyone who has started their career in wine trade, hospitality or wine service; also for those who feel this is what they want to do. Level 2 is that certificate that will make their CV shine better and indicate some serious intentions to succeed in the trade.
Students learn how wine is made, what factors influence wine style; the key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics. Students are also taught about the important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown.
Label terminology is also discussed based on different countries’ and region’s requirements.
Course covers the basics of production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines.
Practical skills include techniques how to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT). Mastering this will help students to use food and wine pairing principles and apply them at work or in everyday life.
Course finishes with the basics of principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made.
We have designed this course to be delivered in 3 days in our classroom. Day 1 and Day 2 are to cover majority of the course and are 6 hours each, Day 3 includes 4 hours of classroom activities and then an exam swiftly followed by.
For students who are more comfortable to do their own work at home, we also offer Level 2 as a distance learning course, where students are to study at their own pace and have ability to connect with our tutor via Skype, Email and Phone. Please note that distance learning course finished with the exam and physical attendance is required, students are to be present in our store (Worcester Park, KT4 8HY) for an exam.
Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is offered at £400 price for the classroom taught course and lower at £325 for the distance learning course. Both courses include all study packs to be either sent to students by post or to be collected from our premises, exams and certificates. Each study pack contains a Level 2 study book ‘Behind the Label’, workbook and a laminated Systematic Approach to Tasting card.
Classroom taught course also includes required samples of the wines covered in the course (usually 12-16), whereas distance learning students will need to obtain them themselves. Please note that it is recommended to sample a few more wines to fully gain understanding of the styles covered. There would be a specific list students can refer to as recommended samples. Please also note that we will provide organic wine samples in our courses.
Here is a link to Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits full specification. You can book your place at our Wine School page. Please email us, ring us or ask in-store for more information.
NB: We also teach Level 1 Award in Wines, which is a much shorter version of Level 2 and covers 6 different wine styles. It is available in classroom mode only, total duration is 6 hours (delivered either in a day or in two) with a multiple-choice exam at the end. Price: £150 and includes study booklet, tasting samples and examination.