Frequently Asked Question
How do I get started into the WSET courses? Do I have to start off from Level 1 or can I start directly into WSET Level 2 or Level 3?
Although there are no prerequisites for doing WSET Levels 1-3, here are the guidelines we suggested our students to follow:
To choose between Level 1 and Level 2, you should first consider if you have enough wine experience, such as previous exposure to themed wine classes, reading wine books, drink different types of wines often or even worked in wine-related industry before. If you are already familiar with "major grapes variety + countries" and "basic tasting technique/food and wine matching", it is possible that you join directly to level 2 course. Or else, you should consider whether you would like to go from the first step (Level 1) to the next (Level 2) or you prefer joining Level 2 directly.
To choose between Level 2 and Level 3, with advice from our wine educators, if you can distinguish major grapes variety by tasting the wine or if you have the ability to blind taste wines, you could try Level 3. Sometimes, candidate may wish to join Level 3 straight because they have been in the related industry for more than 8 years. In these cases, he/she can also try Level 3 straight but we recommend these students to attend every session and try to avoid skipping any lessons.
What is the entry requirement for WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits?
You have to be a holder of WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits. For the holders of the WSET International Higher Certificate, they will need to sit for the additional "International Diploma Entry Exam" (which is the short-answer questions part of the Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits) - this will also give the candidates the Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits.
Will Chinese study materials and exams be used in the WSET courses conducted in Cantonese? (Only applicable to Hong Kong)
No, the WSET courses taught in Cantonese use the same study materials and having exams in English which are the same as the WSET courses taught in English. The only difference is that the course tutor will teach the course in Cantonese.
What are the payment methods for the course fees? (Only applicable to Hong Kong)
Reserved place will be confirmed upon course payment which can be arranged by:
Bank transfer or Cash/ Cheque deposit into:
Bank Name: The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited Account Name: AWSEC Account Number: 808-218259-838
Upon payment, please fax (or email) us the deposit/ payment slip for our reference. Or simply visit our office for payment in cash/credit cards. We accept Visa, Master, EPS and American Express.
What happen if I cannot attend a certain class? Can I arrange a make-up class in advance?
For students taking Level 1 classes, we do not recommend students arranging a make-up class for their own benefits.
For Level 2 and Level 3 students, we can always make arrangements for you to attend another class of the same course to make up for the absent class. However, an administration charge will be incurred for all make-up class requests after course starts. In order for us to arrange a make-up class more effectively, please let us know your absent as soon as possible.
What are the enquiry/booking procedures for your courses?
To reserve your place in one of the WSET courses, kindly call us on +852 2837-9100 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other courses, please call us on +852 2837-9100 or email us at email@example.com.
For WSET Level 4 Diploma enquiry, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org further details.
Tropical Cyclone and Rainstorm Warning – Classes and Examinations Arrangement (Only applicable to Hong Kong)
In the event of tropical cyclone and rainstorm warning, the following arrangements will be made for classes/examinations as indicated below:
A. For classes and examinations that have not yet started
Classes and examinations will operate as normal
Classes and examinations will operate as normal
Active 2 hours before the start time, the classes/examinations will be cancelled
Tropical Cyclone Warning:
Classes and examinations will operate as normal for Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.1 and No. 3.
If the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) announces that a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above is in force or will likely be issued during the following time periods, classes/examinations will be arranged as indicated:
6:00am – 9:59am
Classes/examinations that start before 12:00pm will be cancelled
10:00am – 4:29pm
Classes/examinations that start before 4:30pm will be cancelled
4:30pm – Midnight
Classes/examinations that start 4:30pm onwards will be cancelled
B. For classes and examinations that have already started:
When an announcement is made by the HKO that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is likely to be issued within 2 hours of the classes/examinations starting
Black Rainstorm Signal is in force
*Students are advised to stay indoor when the classes and examinations finished, until the weather situation improved.
C. Classes/Examinations Resumption
If HKO announces that a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 is lowered during the following time periods, classes/examinations will be arranged as indicated:
Time for Lowered Signal Announcement
Classes/examinations that start from 8:30am onwards will continue as scheduled
6:00am - 9:59am
Classes/examinations that start from 1:00pm onwards will continue as scheduled
10:00am – 4:30pm
Classes/examinations that start from 7:30pm onwards will continue as scheduled
Remarks: AWSEC Client Services team will contact individual student if there is special arrangement apart from the above.
What is the difference between the AWSEC Beginners course and the WSET Level 1 Award courses?
Our centre has been providing wine learners various courses that fit their needs. Some students have found it useful to have internationally recognized certificate (especially those in trade), whilst some students would like to enjoy wine classes free of exam due to their own preference. WSET Level 1 courses follow the WSET syllabus concluding with an examination; whereas AWSEC Beginners course will be conducted in a more relaxed and fun manner tasting wines to fulfill the course objectives.
AWSEC courses cover many of the key elements of the WSET courses but leave out slightly less important issues such as wine laws and leave out wines from countries not widely available in Asia such as Greece. Other than that, much of the material in WSET courses is covered though the WSET courses are undeniably more comprehensive. AWSEC courses give enough information in enjoying wines and making wise purchase decisions.
Both AWSEC Beginners and WSET Level 1 courses can help you get through WSET Level 2 Award with greater ease.
Does AWSEC have overseas branches in other Asian countries?
Yes, we currently have overseas branches and operate courses in China (Shanghai, Zhuhai), Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia, India, and the Philippines.
What are the differences between the WSET courses provided by AWSEC and the WSET courses provided by other wine educational institutions?
Our centre is approved by WSET and is the only qualified centre to provide the WSET courses from Level 1 (Foundation) to Level 5 (Honours Diploma) in Asia other than Japan’s centre.
Therefore, the quality of our courses is well assured and recognized by WSET, which offers international qualification in wines.
What are the paths to go into the Master of Wine (MW) qualification?
One of the paths is to complete the WSET Diploma (Level 4) which is viewed universally as the stepping-stone to the Master of Wine (MW) qualification. The MW qualification is generally regarded in the wine industry as one of the highest standards of professional knowledge.