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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

The WSET Award in Wines and Spirits is a recognised qualification around the globe that will give you a solid grounding in wine tasting, enable you to focus on the key grape varieties and regions of the world, and explore the principle varieties of spirits.

This course runs on Mondays 6-9pm. It runs for one day per week for 7 weeks.
You will be taught the basic principles of:
- How to taste wine.
- Food and wine matching and how this is affected by cooking.
- Factors affecting wine production.
- How and why different grape varieties are affected in terms of style and quality depending on where they are from.

From completing this it will give you a comprehensive overview of wine and spirits and the different styles that exist and how they are produced.

You will complete one multiple choice exam taken in a maximum time of 1 hour that will consist of 50 multiple choice questions.

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 or just want to improve their knowledge.

After Your Course

The opportunities from completing this course are varied, and include progression within the hospitality industry, where you may use it towards becoming a sommelier or it could be used as a tool for enhancing staff/ own knowledge and increasing sales. Other areas to use this qualification are within the pub trade - for landlords who want to improve knowledge and/or upgrade their wines and increase sales. Other students may have a keen general interest in wine and want to improve their own knowledge for home use.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 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 31/08/19
  • 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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