Frequently Asked Questions

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Please check through our list of Frequently Asked Questions to find the answer to your query.  If you can’t find an answer to your question, please email our Course Administrator.

Do I need to study in advance for my course?

No, not for any Level 1 course.

However, if you are taking a Level 2 course then the WSET recommends you complete a 14 to 20 hours private study in order to pass. Also, we ask that once you receive your pack you at least read the chapters one to six Tasting Technique, Food & Wine Matching, Factors Affecting Wine Style, Quality and Price, Understanding the Label, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of the textbook prior to your first class.

For Level 3 WSET recommend 56 to 100 hours of private study in order to pass.  There is also a large amount of pre-course reading that is required as detailed in your welcome letter when you sign up for Level 3.

Are the courses useful for my career?

If you work within the wine and spirit industry (or wish to start a career in the wine and spirit industry) the courses we offer can be helpful.  WSET qualifications are recognised qualifications within the industry.  There are a number of companies who request WSET qualifications, and even if job roles do not require these qualifications it helps employers gauge your level of understanding and may make you stand out against other candidates who do not possess these qualifications.

When you pass the Level 2 or Level 3, you are authorised to use an official WSET logo on correspondence such as your CV and job applications.

When are the next courses taking place?

All our course dates are on our website under the Events tab.  If you would like to be kept informed of new course dates, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Do I need to bring anything with me on the day?

We always recommend that students bring some drinking water, and a suitable container for use as a spittoon!  Also, if you are studying for Level 2 or 3, then don’t forget to bring your study pack with you on each day of your course.

You also need to remember your photographic i.d. on the day of your exam(s).

Why do I need photographic i.d.?

We have to register each candidate with the WSET for their examinations, and then have to confirm your details with your photographic i.d. on the day of your exam.  This also means it is important to ensure your full name, date of birth and email address are correct on your booking form (no nicknames!) as if these details do not match up with your i.d. on the day, you may be unable to sit your exam.

How do I pay for my course?

The payment details are on the booking form.  Unless you are booking a Level 1 course through Bournemouth University – in which case please refer to our Booking Procedure page .

When will I know my exam results?

You will receive an email from our Course Administrator approximately two weeks after you’ve taken a Level 1 or Level 2 exam, and approximately eight weeks after a Level 3.  Certificates are usually despatched around two weeks after results are issued.

Is lunch provided?

No.  We do not provide lunch on any of our courses, but there will be facilities nearby where you can purchase food during the lunchtime break.

What if I need to cancel?

Please read the terms and conditions on our Booking Forms carefully.  Cancellations are accepted up to ten working days before the course is due to start although this will incur a £25 administration fee.  You can download a full copy of our Booking Conditions here.  Wherever possible, we will try to transfer you to an alternative course.

Will there be parking at the venue?

The welcome email that you receive from our Course Administrator will give you parking details for the venue.  Parking is usually available at the venues we use, and, is often free.

Can I drive after the course?

Whilst you will be tasting lots of alcoholic drinks.  We always spit the wines and spirits out after tasting them.  Provided you do this (and we recommend you do as it’s difficult to take your exam otherwise!), you should be fine to drive.

Any Other Questions?

Please contact our Course Administrator.


If you have question you’d like added to the Frequently Asked Questions page please email the Course Administrator.


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