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WSET Level 1 in Wine

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LEVEL 1 IN WINES

About this course

LEVEL 1 IN WINES
IN PERSON
PATRA
INTENSIVE
DURATION: 13 HOURS
LANGUAGE: GREEK
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE NOT REQUIRED
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The WSET Level 1 in Wines Certification is addressed to professionals and wine lovers. It has been designed to provide a reliable but simple introduction wine.

About the course

Level 1 focuses on the section of food and wine pairing, through many hours of training and practice which is valuable for the daily life of a professional and an wine lover as well as for rendering a high level of services in all markets addressed to end consumers. The in-depth analysis of food & wine pairing shall be considered as taught-as of this Level for all other Levels of Studies and we shall not revert.

The Level 1 Award will help anyone who needs to get familiar with the main styles and categories of wines; for example, it will help Front Line Staff who manage a broad portfolio of alcoholic drinks in retail, wholesale sectors and hospitality.

Successful performance in the examinations is a prerequisite for being awarded the Certification.

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The Level 1 qualification holders shall be cognizant of the key stages of grape growing and winemaking, the principal types and styles of wines, the basic characteristics of wines from the main grape varieties as well as other examples of wine and the key principles of wine storage and serving. Emphasis on food & wine pairing is added to all the above.

Overall, this educational program comprises 13 hours of classes and examinations.

The results are announced within 5 working weeks from the examinations date. Successful performance in the examinations is a prerequisite for taking the studies to the Level 2 in Wines.

Program of Courses andCurriculum
Level 1 in Wine

Learning outcomes

There are four learning outcomes to achieve the certification’s purpose.

Learning Outcome 1: Know the key stages in grape growing and winemaking.
  • Parts of the grape
  • Grape growing
  • Climate
  • Alcoholic Fermentation
  • Production of still white, red and rosé wines
Learning Outcome 2: Know the types, characteristics and styles of wines from the principal grape varieties and other.
  • Basic types and styles of wine
  • Key grape varieties
  • Examples of wines from the key grape varieties
  • Examples of other wines
  • Examples of Greek wines
Learning Outcome 3: Know the key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine.vvvvv
  • Storage of wines
  • Wholesale and Retail
  • Description of service temperature
  • Serving of wine
  • Responsible consumption
Learning Outcome 4: Principal food & wine interactions.
  • Food ingredients affecting wine
  • Elements in wine influenced by food
  • Rules in food and wine pairing
  • Evaluation exercises
  • Substantiation of interactions

Enrollment

  • Express your interest by phone (210 9882540 & 544) or via e-mail(education@wspc.gr)
    Your enrollment is finalized with the pre-payment of the tuition fees, either through eshop, or through a bank account deposit/ web-banking.
  • After the deposit of tuition fees, a Registration Form is sent to you that you should fill in. Upon correct submission of the Registration Form, your registration is automatically completed.
  • Candidate students allowed to participate in the courses should be over the age of 18.
  • Candidate students must have an e-mail address to enroll. Any important information regarding your studies is sent by e-mail.
  • WSET Level 1 Award in Wines to students successfully completing the course:

On receiving the certificates from WSET London, WSPC sends the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification to successful students by courier together with the label pin. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach the beneficiary on own responsibility.

WSPC shall assume no responsibility in case of negligence in receiving the certificate on behalf of the beneficiary. In case of certificate loss, re-issuing by the WSET® Awards costs €50.00.

  • • Enrollment corresponds to the course selected by the student. Fees shall not be refundable and shall not be used for enrollment on a next similar course.
  • Upon lapse of the registration deadline, there will be no late registration. In the event of a late registration, students shall be encumbered with an additional charge amounting to €70 + V.A.T.
  • WSPC shall reserve the right to cancel a course, if the required minimum number of students is not reached. In such a case, the enrolled students shall be credited the entire deposited amount.

Methods of payment:

By Bank deposit to:

  • Alpha Bank IBAN: GR33 0140 1180 1180 0233 0000 482 (WSPC L.T.D).
  • Piraeus Bank IBAN: GR73 0171 7270 0067 2711 3141 025 (private higher education school).
  • Eurobank IBAN: GR06 0260 0190 0005 4020 1143 015 (private higher education school, Vocational Center).

Justification of deposit: Student’s full name, or corporate trade name, in case of a corporate expenditure.

By Credit/Debit card Visa & MasterCard

Main principles

The following expectations are designed to improve the quality of the WSPC classroom experience. We therefore ask our students to honor the following principles aimed at building a positive and productive learning environment based on mutual respect while in class.

Do not miss classes

Students that attend classes regularly are more likely to pass their exams – and with better grades. In case of absence, it is a student’s responsibility to catch up with notes, assignments and /or wines tasted in class that day.

Do not be late

Arriving on time to class is an act of respect for your fellow students and instructors. If, despite your best efforts, you arrive late, make sure you enter the classroom discreetly and pick the first available seat.

Come to class well prepared

Preparation before class is essential for a better understanding of the curricula. Students that turn in assignments on time build up their knowledge and increase the possibility of scoring higher at exams. Assignments not turned in within the deadline will not be accepted.

Turn your mobile off while in class

This is also a sign of respect. In case you are expecting an urgent call, you are kindly requested to inform your instructor at the beginning of the class and keep your mobile on silent mode. Upon call reception, please exit the class as discreetly as possible.

Please note that the use of portable electronic devices (mobile, laptop, MP3 player etc) while in class is not allowed, as can be distracting to faculty and students, may infringe upon privacy or copyright, and can have a negative effect on classroom discussions. The bottles of every wine flight tasted remain in display after class, so students may take photos of the labels for their convenience.

Avoid side conversations

This is common courtesy towards your classmates and instructors. Talking to each other may be distracting and counterproductive.

Avoid dominating discussion

Participation in class is important and queries enhance comprehension of the curricula. The time dedicated to Q&As is based on the instructor’s discretion. It is important that students respect the time set for queries during class, avoid talking out of turn and give others a fair opportunity to participate.

THE ABOVE PRINCIPLES ALSO APPLY DURING THE EXAMINATIONS

Important Information on the examinations

The examination for the WSET Level 1 Certification is a closed-book assessment comprised of:
  • Practical 45-minute assessment of food – wine pairing.
    This exercise is assessed directly by the WSPC Internal Assessor and is qualitative, not quantitative.
  • 30 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes.
    Successful performance at this unit requires a total minimum mark of 70%. Candidates should answer correctly at least 21 questions.
  • The language of examination is Greek. In case you wish to sit the examination in the English language, you should declare it when requested.

WSET® Awards does not award Titles of Studies/Certificates unless all prerequisites and assessment requirements regarding the studies and the examinations for each Program of studies are fulfilled (aegrotat pass).

Persons with Disabilities

Candidates with special examination and assessment requirements, are requested to inform the Enrollments officer and/or the Examinations officer on any such requirement prior to enrollment on a Program. It is the policy of WSET Awards that such candidates should not be placed at a disadvantaged position during the courses or at the examinations. Where appropriate, WSPC and WSET may request from the student to submit an official medical opinion by a qualified state body related to the candidate in question.

Re-sit

Candidates may apply to resit the examination if they failed the examinations. There is no limit on the number of attempts to resit the examinations. Candidates who have passed the examinations are not allowed to resit to improve their grade.

  • Examinations are compulsory. If a candidate does not sit the examination on the set date and time, it is possible, to request and sit the next possible examination for Level 1 on a re-sit cost (re-sit exam fee): €100.
  • If a candidate fails the examination, it is possible, to request and re-sit the next possible examination for Level 1 on a re-sit cost (re–sit exam fee): €100.
  • Enrollment in WSET Level 2 Award requires successful performance at WSET Level 1 Award.
Examination conditions and regulations
  1. Upon registration for an examination, candidates are deemed to acknowledge and agree to the following specific conditions:
    • at the start of the examination all candidates must supply the invigilator with proof of identity in the form of photographic ID, a valid passport or valid driver’s license
    • Candidates must have their own: pencil type HB2, eraser, sharpener
    • Candidates must have their own individual water bottle
    • the examination is to be completed in the time specified
    • no reference is to be made to any material, in whatever form, other than the examination question paper and answer sheet
    • once the invigilator has declared that examination conditions are in place, no communication of any kind between candidates is permitted until they have left the examination room or the invigilator has announced the end of the examination
    • during the examination candidates are only permitted to have the following items on their desk: tasting glasses, spittoon, pencils, erasers, and drinking water
    • it is prohibited for candidates to take any photographs of the examination room or examination materials
    • for tasting examinations candidates should not wear perfume, aftershave lotion or any other strong scent
    • the use of electronic devices of any kind is prohibited
    • mobile phones must not be on the examination desk, they must be switched off and placed out of sight
    • the use of dictionaries of any kind is prohibited
    • the use of audible ‘alarms’ on any clock or watch is prohibited
    • candidates may not leave the room until the first 15 minutes of the examination time have elapsed
    • candidates who arrive late may be allowed to enter the room at the discretion of the invigilator and only if other candidates are not compromised. Under normal circumstances we would not expect any candidate to be allowed to start the examination if they arrive more than 30 minutes after the published start time
    • candidates who arrive after the published start time will NOT be allowed to sit the examination if any other candidate has already left the examination
    • candidates may not leave, and then return to, the examination room once the examination has started unless they can be accompanied by an invigilator at all times while they are out of the examination room
    • candidates who complete the examination/assessment early may leave the examination room up until the last 10 minutes, providing they do not disturb other candidates; no re-admission is permitted
    • invigilators have no authority to comment upon, interpret, or express an opinion on any examination question
    • any candidate who is suspected of misconduct will be advised to leave the examination room immediately and their examination paper will be submitted to the Examination Panel to determine its validity
    • no examination question papers are to be removed from the examination room; candidates who fail to submit the question paper with their answer sheet will be deemed guilty of misconduct
    • it is prohibited for candidates to reveal the content of examination papers to others, or reproduce it in any way.
  2. Candidates agree to abide by the invigilator’s instructions. Failure to do so may render a candidate’s results invalid.
  3. WSET reserves the right to permanently exclude candidates found guilty of misconduct from WSET qualifications.
  4. Examination papers submitted for marking become the property of WSET Awards and will not be returned to candidates.

 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines to students successfully completing the course

On receiving the certificates from WSET London, WSPC sends the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines qualification to successful students by courier together with the label pin. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach the beneficiary on own responsibility.

WSPC shall assume no responsibility in case of negligence in receiving the certificate on behalf of the beneficiary. In case of certificate loss, re-issuing by the WSET® Awards costs €50.00.

Examination Enquiries, Feedback and Appeals
  • Candidates requesting a re-mark and/or feedback on their examination sheet shall have to contact WSPC and fill in an Enquiry & Feedback Form. The form should be filled in and be delivered to WSPC along with the corresponding monetary amount within the rigorous time frame set by your Program provider from the examination date. Any request received beyond the time frame set shall be dismissed. Re-mark and feedback will be provided by WSET Awards within two weeks following receipt of the request.
  • Any candidate remaining dissatisfied with the request outcome in relation to the examination sheet should contact WSPC and file an Appeal against Enquiry Application Form; this appeal should be completed and sent to the WSET Awards with the appropriate fee within 10 working days following the communication of the request. Any request received beyond the time frame set shall be dismissed. Answers to the Appeals shall be issued within two weeks upon receipt by the WSET Awards.
Where do classes take place?

In programs outside Athens, classes are hosted in affiliated hotels. We carefully select our partners to meet the high standards of safety and hygiene required, at all levels.

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Are there any on conditions in place for my enrollment on live classes and therefore for entering the school?

WSPC is subject to educational and health protocols. Therefore, enrollment in all in-person programs is for students who meet the requirements, as mandated by the Public Health authorities.

How can I better prepare myself for the class?

The following file will help you better understand the requirements for the Programs you attend, better plan your study and achieve the optimum result at the examinations.

Specification | WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines

Is there a V.A.T rate applied on the tuition fees?

No, because WSPC is an educational organization certified by the Ministry of Education.

What do tuition fees include?

Everything. The fees cover the Greek edition of the Program’s books (the English edition is sold on demand), the enrollment on WSET London, the examination cost, the exam paper and the issuing of the Title of Studies from WSET London, the teaching hours by a certified instructor, the tasting wines bought (free samples are not accepted), as well as any logistics cost for the section ‘Food & Wine Pairing’ and the overall program.

May I be absent from the class?

Your presence is compulsory in all classes and at the examinations.

What happens if I do not show up at the examinations?

You may enroll to participate in the next scheduled examination of the Program, either in the same city or in another city where exams will be held, paying the re-sit exam fee standing at €100.

What happens if I do not show up at the examinations?

You may enroll to participate in the next scheduled examination of the Program, either in the same city or in another city where exams will be held, paying the re-sit exam fee standing at €100.

How long does it take for the results to be announced?

It takes five (5) working weeks from the examination date.

How do I get informed about the results?

By e mail from the WSPC Admissions & Awards team.

What does it mean to succeed in examinations?

You become holder of the internationally renowned WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Certification awarded by the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), headquartered in the United Kingdom (London), and you may advance to the next level of studies (WSET Level 2 in Wines).

How do I receive my certification?

Upon receiving the certificate from WSET London, WSPC sends your Certification by courier for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines together with the label pin corresponding to the completed educational Program. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach you, as the beneficiary on own responsibility.

May I pay the fees in installments?

Yes. Through the eshop, you may pay in installments with your credit card.

Is there a possibility for corporate enrollments?

Yes, it is possible. Contact us to fill you in.

What are the foreseen options in case live classes are discontinued due to force majeur, as was the case with the pandemic COVID-19?

Should an unforeseen situation occur, classes continue through an online platform. Online classes constitute an accurate extension and continuation of your studies, fully aligned with the requirements as set by the conditions and the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs.

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