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WSET® Level 1 in Wines Online

Join this WSET® online Level 1 course and receive simple answers to many of your existing questions. This course is especially for those who haven't studied wine before. It is designed to be a guiding light in the intimidating world of wine and help you understand and learn about wine in a structured way. It will give you essential knowledge of wine, whether it is to benefit your work in the wine business or to simply learn to appreciate wine. During this four-week course you will be introduced to the main types and styles of wines and how to taste and describe wines using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting® (SAT). Learn the common wine grapes and their characteristics. Grasp how to store and serve wine and how to make food and wine pairing.


This course is based around a 4-week, 7-module online learning programme with educator support available for this time. The course modules should be followed in order, but students are free to complete the modules at their own pace during this 4-week window. The course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete, plus revision time. 


The course prepares the student for the WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines and is guided by a WSET® educator. The student can contact the educator any time for the duration of the scheduled course, should they have any questions. Each week includes a series of independent and/or group activities to help students understand the differences between grape varieties and types and styles of wine. 


Regular access and participation in the course online activities is essential for this mode of study. 


Students are advised to taste a range of wines during their studies. All the required wines for the course can be found in the course specification. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. 


Please note:

  • Wines are not included in the cost of this course and although it will greatly improve your learning experience, it is not compulsory to taste any wine.

  • The online classes and the study material are standard in English. However, students can order an extra study material in German (printed version only) for an additional fee. 


What you will learn

  • The main types and styles of wine

  • Common wine grapes and their characteristics

  • How to make food and wine pairings

  • Online tasting of six wines with educator feedback (students to provide their own samples)

  • How to store and serve wine

  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting® Wine (SAT)


What you need

Students will need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible

  • Web browser with Javascript and cookies** enabled

  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

  • Internet access (broadband recommended) 


Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required. Candidates should be over 18 years of age.

The course is delivered online and in English, therefore, basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.



The examination date and location are provided when you book the course. If you want to arrange a new date, please contact us at least 10 working days before the set examination date.

The exam paper has 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.  A mark of 70% is required to pass.


Course fee

255 € - The course fee includes the WSET® Level 1 study guide (e-book), online tuition, exam, postage, certificate and lapel pin. Note: VAT-exempt according to § 4 No. 21 a) bb) UStG


Course specification

For more information and full details on the course requirements, please download the Specification below.

Specification (ENG)


Course Dates

Online Tuition: 17th Oct to 13th Nov 2022

Registration Deadline: 7th Oct 2022

Exam Dates: 22nd Nov at 18:00 Online or 20th Nov at 18:00 in Heidelberg


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Frequently Asked Questions


How does the Online Classroom work?

After registration, you will receive an email from WSET® with instructions for signing into the Online Classroom. 

Once signed in, you will receive a course calendar with the weekly subjects, background information to read, activities relevant for each subject, tasting assignments (students have to supply their own samples) and quizzes. The results of your activities and tasting assignments need to be posted online. You can communicate with the online instructor and fellow students when it best suits you and not in real time. This interaction is crucial for success in this course. One or more mock exams form part of the study.


Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?

Yes.  You need to book at least 5 working days before the start of the course.


How will I know what wines to taste?

You will be informed which wines to taste by your online educator.


What if I’m uncertain about any of the content of the course programme?

No problem.  Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course-related query.


What is the recommended self-study time for this programme?

The online course material should take about 6 hours in total to complete. For a successful result, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least another 1-hour revision prior to sitting the exam.


How long can I take to complete my studies?

From enrolment, you have a full 12 months to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. However, after the course end date, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and will no longer have the online educator support facility.  


Can I change my exam date?

If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date. Please note that we require a minimum of 10 working days’ notice prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET® Awards.


Can I sit the examination online?

Yes!! Students can decide to sit their exam at our premises or online through remote invigilation. For the remote invigilation, students will need a reliable internet connection and both a computer and a smartphone. 

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