WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

This course is a great starting point for the beginner wine enthusiast, or those embarking on a career in wine or hospitality.

About the course

This hands-on course will teach you to understand more about wine through sight, smell and taste.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to taste wine using a systematic approach, identify key styles of wine and know the characteristics of important grape varieties. You’ll also learn the key principles of food and wine pairing and how to apply these to your own food and wine choices. Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

  • Evenings

  • Day release

  • Saturdays

What's covered

  • The main types and styles of wine
  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics
  • How to make food and wine pairings
  • Tutored tasting of nine wines
  • How to store and serve wine
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.


What study options are available?

At WSET School London we have three classroom delivery options available for this course.

If you would prefer our online delivery of this course please click here.



6.30pm – 8.30pm

One evening a week for 3 weeks

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Day release

9.15am – 5.00pm

One day

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10.30am – 2.00pm

Two consecutive Saturdays

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How much does it cost?


The cost includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination and provision of service equipment during the course. Study materials are issued at the start of the course.


The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

How can I book?

Bookings can be made online by selecting the preferred delivery option and course date(s) from our calendar. 

Please read the terms and conditions before making a booking.

For any enquiries please email our Student Services team at

I enjoyed the course so much that I booked onto the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits straight after.

Alex, Alconbury