WSET L1 Online

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is perfect for anyone wanting to discover the basics about wine. Study online over four weeks at your own pace. You just follow the modules and spend at least six hours on the course.  Take the exam online or in a classroom (subject to location). Please read the terms and conditions before booking.



WSET Level 1 Award in Wines – online self-study

This option allows you to self-study for the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines through an online classroom. At the end of the four-week course you will:

  • Understand the key stages in grape growing and winemaking
  • Know the types, characteristics and styles of wines made from the principal grape varieties and other examples of wines.
  • Know the key principles and practices involved in the storage and service of wine.
  • Here is the full qualification specification

When will the course start?

Online wine course dates have fortnightly start dates via the WSET global classroom.

One Foot in the Grapes would be your point of contact; we’d arrange your exams and offer additional support.
Read the full list of dates here
Contact us here for more details

How long does it take?

This qualification has a minimum requirement of six hours’ study time across four weeks. Our classes are delivered in English.

How much does it cost?

The online version of the WSET Level 1 Award  in Wines course, with an online exam, is £145.  If a classroom exam is chosen, the fee is £125.
Wine tasting samples are not covered in the study fee.

How do you pass?

You would sit a 45 minute closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions. To pass, you need to achieve 70% or more.

The exam date for each self-study online course is confirmed individually with a student and One Foot in the Grapes.

Ofqual regulate this qualification.

There are certain technical requirements for online exams (check here).

Here’s a short video explaining how online exams work.

Do you need any qualifications?

There are no entry requirements. You must be 18 to take part in the winetasting; but if you are underage that does not stop you taking part in the theory sessions and sitting the examination. Our classes are delivered in English.

How will it work?

You’ll follow seven online modules.  You work at a pace and a time to suit you. One Foot in the Grapes will offer extra support if you need it.

The seven modules: 

  • What is wine and how is it made?
  • Types and styles of wine
  • Introduction to tasting
  • Grape varieties and wines
  • Storage and service of wines
  • Pairing food and wines
  • Revision

Tasting wine

You’ll learn to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT). To fully enjoy and understand the modules, One Foot in the Grapes advises that you should try at least six wines. You will buy these for the online course and we can offer recommendations to source from retailers. As an option, you can also buy wine sample boxes, each box containing six 2oml bottles of wine. This samples provider has the approval of the WSET.

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions before booking the course.


By all means contact Jane Clare of One Foot in the Grapes if you have any questions.

Course choices

Online course with classroom exam, Online course with online exam