WSET Announce New Level 3 Award, Enhancements to Existing Courses

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New WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits to be available from 1 August 2019

BarLifeUK news - WSET Announce New Level 3 Award, Enhancements to Existing CoursesThe Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) have announced a new course – Level 3 Award in Spirits – which will be available next Summer, along with various enhancements to existing awards.

Level 3 Award in Spirits

The new Level 3 Award in Spirits qualification is designed to complement the global growth in spirits and the industry’s demand for advanced level, brand neutral knowledge. The course will build on the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits, providing greater detail on production choices and their impact on style and quality. It will also cover a broader spectrum of world spirits, including the key Asian spirits: Baijiu, Soju and Shochu. As with other WSET Level 3 qualifications, the exam will include both a blind tasting exam and a written paper comprising multiple-choice and short written answer questions.

Other course announcements 

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines – The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines will replace the current Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. By removing spirits, students will be able to focus exclusively on their wine knowledge. The qualification complements the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, providing the enthusiast and the wine professional with a broad foundation of wine knowledge.

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines – The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is WSET’s new flagship qualification that will replace the current Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits from August 2019. The key changes are the removal of spirits to allow more in-depth coverage of wine, an increase in the delivery time for the Wines of the World Unit, a different assessment format for the two ‘foundation’ Units – covering wine production and wine business – tailored to new Learning Outcomes to ensure candidates have achieved the required knowledge for success in later Units, and a new in-depth research assignment designed to assess the candidate’s ability to research beyond WSET’s learning materials to evaluate the current trends in wine. Following the Unit-based format of the current Diploma, the new qualification will be supported by new digital learning materials and dedicated educator resources to promote first-class learning.

Matthew Forster MW, Director of WSET Awards, says, “These changes to the WSET qualification portfolio offer exciting new study opportunities for wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. We are looking forward to working with our Approved Programme Providers across the world to facilitate a smooth transition to all new qualifications for educators and students alike.”

Learn more

For more information on the new qualifications, watch the video below. To find your local approved WSET training provider, click here.

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