Our in-depth courses offer you the chance to learn about the world of wine and receive a global qualification provided by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. These courses are ideal if you would like to expand your knowledge of wine or are even looking to start a career in wine.
We have been running courses for three years with a huge amount of success and a very high pass rate. Hosted in our historic cellars and with our wide range of wines from around the world, Averys is the ultimate location to learn more about this fascinating subject.
WSET Level 2 Course
How long is the course? Our Level 2 course is run over 10 weeks and we meet once a week in the evenings for 2 hours.
Are there any entry requirements? No. Level 2 is a a great introduction to wine for wine industry professionals or simply for wine enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge. It can be comfortably achieved by those who have little or no knowledge of wine.
What does the course cover? You’ll look at key grape varieties, where they are grown and how climate and winemaking techniques affect the style of wine. We’ll cover all the major countries for wine production as well as food and wine matching, sparkling wines, fortified wines and touch upon spirits. And of course, all learning will be backed up with tasting! We also offer a revision session to assist with any areas students would like to revisit.
How is it assessed? There is an exam at the end of the course which consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed within an hour.
Cost: £300 includes WSET study pack, tastings, examination and certification
WSET Level 3 Course
How long is the course? Our Level 3 course is run over 4 months, meeting every Monday night between 7 and 9pm.
Are there any entry requirements? It is recommended that you hold the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or have an equivalent level of knowledge.
What does the course cover? Level 3 takes a more in-depth look into viticulture (grape growing) and vinification (wine making). Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality. The syllabus is split into 2 units – Wines of the World and Tasting and Evaluating Wines. Each session is supported by tasting in a more professional approach using the SAT (Systematic Approach to Tasting) with the goal of training your palate ahead of the exam.
How is it assessed? Unit 1 is assessed by an exam with 50 multiple choice questions and a paper consisting of four questions requiring short written answers. Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines.
Cost: £525 includes WSET study pack, tastings, examination and certification
What do our customers think?
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, and have already recommended it to friends. To have the opportunity to study in the Averys wines cellars really made for a holistic learning experience.” Roseanna Young
“I thought the venue was excellent, and your teaching was outstanding... I would have no hesitation in recommending you and Averys to anyone who was interested in learning more about the fabulous world of wine.” James Tomkies
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Averys began in 1793 and over the years, the family has built its reputation as one of the UK's most pioneering wine merchants. Today, it is 5th generation Mimi Avery introducing a new generation of wine lovers to Averys. At the heart of what we do - and have done for over 220 years - is share our passion for wine. We love discovering wines with a story to tell – whether for everyday drinking or fine wines for the cellar. So, if you're looking for 'real' wines, full of character and flavour, then welcome to Averys.