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Study for WSET qualifications at your own pace


If you're keen to study for a WSET qualification but can't commit to a classroom based course then there's now another option.  Wine Confidence is offering the Level 1 Award in Wines via Online learning and the Level 2 as Distance Learning.  

Autumn term dates coming soon, please email to register your interest.

Course costs for Online/Distance Learning options

£160 pp Level 1 Award in Wines Online Learning - includes online course access & exam fees.

£245 pp Level 2 Award in Wines Distance Learning - includes study materials & exam fees.

Email now to enrol and get started.

1. The Level 1 is available via an Online portal at regular intakes throughout the year. The exam will be arranged at a convenient date.


2. You can begin the Level 2 at any time as your Study Pack will be despatched as soon as registration is completed. You work through at your own pace, with regular 1-2-1 video calls with your tutor Deborah Zbinden. Please note this is not an online course.


Why would I take a WSET course as Online or Distance Learning when there is a traditional classroom based taught version?

The key benefit of the Online or Distance Learning formats is flexibility.  Not eveyone can commit to the taught, classroom options (1 day for Level 1, 3 days for Level 2).  Instead you can work at your own pace and build your own study schedule around your other commitments and gain the same wine knowledge and qualifications.  There are regular “check-in” points at the end of each module. You will submit your assignment for feedback and at each stage there will an opportunity to discuss any concerns or areas which you feel may require more focus.

Won’t I miss out on all the wine tasting?

Learning how to taste using the WSET Systematic Approach is a key part of all WSET qualifications. For the Distance Learning option you will find a list of recommended tasting samples included in your welcome pack to accompany the chapters. The initial Course Overview call with you will include an introduction to the WSET Systematic Approach and some of the assignments include tasting practice. It's then over to you to get as much tasting practice as possible. Look out for wine tasting events local to you and check the WSTA's diary for trade events who will usually be very happy to accommodate a WSET student attending.

Can the exams be taken online? The examination needs to be done in person, with photographic ID in a venue that has been approved by WSET.  The date, time and venue will be agreed with you, aiming to be convenient as possible.

Do I need to have passed the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines to enrol on the Level 2?  No, you can choose to dive straight in at Level 2 if you prefer.