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Hospitality & Catering

"Kendal College, home to one of the most influential cooking courses in the country" - Jay Rayner

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Course Overview

This 3-week course is designed to provide an introduction to wine and give you an understanding of some of the factors affecting styles of wine, service and matching it to food.

During the course you will learn how to:

- Describe in general terms the main styles of wines available
- Display a basic understanding of the factors that determine the main styles of wine
- Describe in general terms the main characteristics of the principal grape varieties
- Describe the procedures for the storage and preparation of wine for service
- Describe the procedures for the bar and table service of wine
- Display an understanding of legal and social responsibilities of staff serving wine
- Produce simple tasting notes using the Level 1 WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
- Offer basic food and wine matching advice

Learning Styles
Your learning will mainly take the form of workshop planning sessions linked to practical work.

You will complete one multiple-choice exam taken in a maximum time of 45 minutes.

Entry Requirements

You must be over 18 years of age and have an interest in Wines, Spirits & Liqueurs and a desire to increase your knowledge. The course is intended for those who are employed in areas such as Restaurants, Hotels, Off-Licences or Wine Stores.

After Your Course

The course is useful as a career enhancement within industry. The knowledge gained will give confidence when dealing with customers and lead to the Certificate in Wines, Spirits & Other Alcoholic Beverages.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2018/19 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2019/20 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/18
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

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