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Online WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

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The course is based around a 5 week structured online programme with a recommendation of 6 hours study per week to cover the online activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook.

The course follows a weekly structure, but it allows the student to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums. There are no set times to log into the course as there are no live chats or webinars.

Method of Study: 
The course prepares the student for WSET qualifications and are guided by a UK  WSET Educator. The student can contact the WSET London based 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 wine label terminology and recognise the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.

Week 1
: Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery. Discover how to decode and understand labels. Learn to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Week 2
:Learn about the characteristics and the styles of wines produced from the main white grape. Key white grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling. Other White Grape Varieties: Albariño, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Semillon, Torrontés, Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Viognier Other White Wines: Muscadet, Soave, Gavi

Week 3
:Learn about the characteristics and the styles of wines produced from the main black grape Key black grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz. Other black grape varieties: Aglianico, Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel/Primitivo. Other red wines: Douro, Valpolicella

Week 4
: Learn about the various methods for making Sparkling, Sweet and Fortified Wine, as well as the styles and regions producing them. Discover the key considerations when pairing food and wine successfully.

Week 5
: Study the main styles of spirits. Spirits and Liqueurs Revision & Examination Preparation.

Examination:
1 hour examination will be on Saturday 25th August 2018 at the Sydney Wine Academy, Ryde Campus 250 Blaxland Road Ryde, NSW This will consist of 50 multiple choice questions.

Student activities
: Weekly tasks, group tasting area, multiple choice feedback tests and videos supported by the textbook.

Tastings
: Students are recommended to taste a range of wines in their own time at their own expense. The list of recommended wines is contained in the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits Specification document which can be downloaded from this page. Students can post their tasting notes in the Online Classroom for review by the educator. 

Educator:
  Guides the student through the weekly tasks for 5 weeks.

Student access
: Students have access for 1 year which includes the scheduled 5 weeks of guided study. After the scheduled course end date, the material becomes read only and the students cannot post in the activities.

Study Pack
: The Sydney Wine Academy will post out a complete Study pack including workbook and text book prior to the course starting.

System Requirements:
Students will require access to a computer (recommended) 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

It will be assumed that students have basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English.

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