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WSET Course Details

WSET® Qualification Course

Founded in 1969, The UK based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) aims to promote, provide and develop high quality education and training in wines and spirits. WSET® qualifications are internationally recognised and are now represented in 55 countries throughout the world with over 27,500 examination candidates per annum. The WSET® courses have become almost a requirement to be eligible for the prestigious title of Master of Wine.
E&C Wine Co. Ltd. is a WSET® Approved Programme Provider. All courses are conducted by WSET® qualified tutors through lectures and tutored wine tasting.

E&C Wine is now offering WSET® Level 1 course for people who want to start with the very basic, and WSET® Level 2 course for wine enthusiasts who want to get a jump start in their wine learning journey.

Teaching will be in Cantonese supplemented with English terms, while course materials and examinations are in English.

Teaching in Putonghua or English is available if there are enough applicants.

The Foundation Certificate is an entry level qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine. It is a great course for those wanting to know the main grape varieties, servicing of wine, plus food and wine matching.

There is no prerequisite to attend the Foundation Certificate.

Program Highlights:

  • The main style of wines
  • The characteristic of major grape varieties
  • The WSET® Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Service of wine
  • The matching of food and wine
  • Health, safety and legal issues

Requirements to gain the qualification:

  • Complete a multiple choice exam paper of 30 questions in 45 minutes and answer at least 70% correctly.

Level 1 Award in Wines Specification

This qualification builds on the knowledge and skills taught in the L1 Award in Wines, and shows how these can be used in a restaurant workplace. It is ideal for anyone who needs to gain basic skills in wine service, including those wishing to make their first steps into a career as a sommelier.

Program Highlights:

  • Introduction to Sommelier
  • Customer Service
  • Equipment for wine service
  • Serving wines effectively

Requirements to gain the qualification:

  • To pass a practical role play exercise based on a restaurant wine-service scenario.
  • Candidates will only be awarded this qualification once they have gained a pass in the Level 1 Award in Wines or the Level 2 or 3 Award in Wines and Spirits.

Level 1 Wine Service Specification

This course will cover in more details about the key grape varieties grown around the world. It also covers the different styles of wine produced and the production of spirits and liqueurs.

There is no prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Certificate level, although we recommend that students should have acquired some basic knowledge prior to attending the course.

Who should attend:

  • Wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits and want to obtain an internationally recognized wine qualification.
  • People employed in the drinks and hospitality industries with little previous knowledge of alcoholic beverages.

Program Highlights:

  • How wine is made and other factors influencing the style of wine
  • Key white grape varieties
  • Key black grape varieties
  • Wine producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and Liqueurs
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine matching
  • How to taste wine using the WSET® Level 2 System Approach to Tasting

Requirements to gain the qualification:

  • Complete a multiple choice exam paper of 50 questions in 60 minutes and answered at least 55% correctly.

Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits Specification

This course is designed to give a thorough understanding of the principal wines and spirits of the world and their commercial importance in the world’s market. It is also a prerequisite for WSET® Level 4 Diploma qualification. Successful candidates can apply to use the “WSET® Certified” logo and title on their name cards and letterheads.

There is no prerequisite to attend the Level 3, although we strongly recommend that students complete the Level 2 Certificate or can demonstrate knowledge at intermediate level through completion of equivalent courses or sufficient experience in the wine and spirit industry.

Who should attend:

  • Wine enthusiasts who wish to build on knowledge gained at Level 2 and want to obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification.
  • People employed in the retail and hospitality sectors who need the knowledge to advise management and customers, and to make informed selections of wines and spirits in a variety of situations.

Program Highlights:

  • Production of Wine (location, viticulture, vinification, maturation and bottling, labelling regulations)
  • France, Italy, Spain & Portugal
  • Germany, Central and South Eastern Europe
  • South Africa
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • North, South and Central America
  • Sparkling Wines, Fortified Wines, Spirits and Liqueurs of the world
  • WSET® Level 3 System Approach to Tasting – how to taste wines and evaluate the quality, style and price

Requirements to gain the qualification:

  • Unit 1 - Complete 50 multiple choice questions and a question paper requiring short written answers in 1 hour 45 minutes, and achieve at least 55% of each part to pass this unit.
  • Unit 2 – Blind tasting of TWO wines in 30 minutes and achieve at least 55% to pass this unit.

Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits Specification

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