Courses, Study Plans & Tutorials

There’s a new way of learning at Case Studies Wine School. In order to give students more options and make achieving and studying for a WSET qualification more flexible I have re-designed the way they are delivered. There a number of study options available, online study plans and classroom courses and tutorials.

Classroom Courses

WSET L1 courses can only be taken in the classroom. Students join their tutor for a day of interactive learning and tasting at one of our study centres.

Classroom courses can also be held privately for a minimum of 6 candidates. L1, L2 and L3 courses are all available as private courses. Please click here for more information.

Online Study Plans

My basic online study plan can be completed by distance learning. These study plans are completely flexible and you can fit the learning plan around your schedule. These are ideal if family or work commitments mean you can’t regularly attend an evening class or if you live too far away from the study centre to regularly attend a classroom course.

Benefits of the basic online study plan:

  1. You manage your own studies to fit your own schedule, completing your reading, note-taking, assignments and revision at a time that suits you.
  2. Less time travelling, more time studying.
  3. 24/7 access to the online classroom from wherever you are, if you have access to the internet you can access your study plan, using your laptop or mobile phone from the beach or on the bus!

When you register for an online WSET course with Case Studies Wine School you will receive:

  • Official WSET study materials
  • Access to the CSWS online classroom including
    • your study plan
    • recommended reading list
    • recommended sample list
    • Powerpoint presentations
    • video & audio recordings
    • assignments
    • online tests and mock exams
  • Feedback on all assignments submitted
  • Access to an individually assigned WSET certified tutor by email or telephone Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
  • Full support and weekly updates and check ins from your assigned tutor

Please note you will be required to attend the study centre in order to take the examination.

Classroom Tutorials

In order to help students prepare for the practical examination, I offer a series of classroom tutorials that can be added onto the basic study plan. These can be purchased as part of the bundle study plan or on a “pay as you go” basis. Classroom tutorials follow the specification of the WSET Level 2 and Level 3 courses.

Add-on tutorials are offered several times in any year to give you the opportunity to attend at a time that suits your schedule.

The following add-ons are available:

  • L2 Wines & Spirits Add-On 1 – The Systematic Approach to Tasting & Principal Grape Varieties
  • L2 Spirits Add-On 2 – The Systematic Approach to Tasting & Principal Spirits Styles
  • L3 Add-On 1 – The Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • L3 Add-On 2 – Old World Wines
  • L3 Add-On 3 – New World Wines
  • L3 Add-On 4 – Sparkling & Fortified Wines

Please note as there is a practical element to the examination for the WSET L3 Award in Wines the cost of the basic study plan includes the L3 Add-On 1.

For dates and/or to register please use the following links:

Dates

Please get in touch if you have any further questions:

Dates

 

Private Courses

All WSET courses can be offered as private courses for groups of 6 or more. Dates, times, format and venue can all be tailored to suit student and business requirements.

Whyte & Mackay, Gleneagles Hotel & Spa, The Three Chimneys, Mitchells & Butler, Glenmorangie, Bidvest, Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews are among clients for whom I run private courses.

For more information and/or for a quote please get in touch:

Get in touch …

Ian Pirrie, ESFW

“We have worked with Claire for a number of years now. We are delighted to have her on board at the school as her training and pass marks are of a very high standard. She is extremely professional and makes wine study FUN. As such we are over the moon to have a joint partnership with her covering the WSET modules and training”

Ian Pirrie, Edinburgh School of Food & Wine

Krystal Goff, Aizle

“We at Aizle don’t have a dedicated Sommelier and instead require all our staff to have a good knowledge of wine. Taking the Level 3 WSET course with Claire at Case Studies Wine School was invaluable to our staff’s wine education, and to our business. I’d recommend Claire for anyone who wants to further their wine knowledge.”

Krystal Goff, Proprietor, Aizle

Tasting Events & Wine Dinners

The title says it as it is really! I also have a programme of tasting events and wine dinners that offer a relaxed setting in which to enjoy a glass of wine or two and maybe some food.

My tastings and dinners are all held at Edinburgh School of Food & Wine and can be booked on their website.

Wine Dinners – www.esfw.com

Drinks Masterclasses – www.esfw.com

Gift vouchers may also be purchased for all tastings & dinners.

Tastings and dinners can also be organised for you as private events to help you celebrate birthdays, Christmas or maybe just because you fancy a night out! For more information or if you have any questions then please get in touch:

Get in touch …

 

 

Write your own exam questions

One of my favourite methods of revision and a method I always recommend to my students is to write your own questions.

Pick a subject that you want to revise and look through the relevant chapter in the text book. For each paragraph prepare a question that you think you might be asked in the examination and then come up with four possible answers. It often helps if the answers are similar, maybe they start with the same letter. For example:

Which region in California is well known for its cool climate Chardonnay:

a) Constantia

b) Carneros

c) Central Otago

d) Condrieu

You can then put all the questions together in a document or notebook and go through them regularly until you know the answers without even thinking! Maybe get friends or family members to ask you the questions or you could use an app that I recently discovered called Chegg.

Short answer questions are a little bit harder to write but if you keep the subject specific it will be easier. Again choose a subject you need to revise and, break it down into the most important factors that you need to understand about the subject and then write appropriate questions to help you remember the answers. For example:

What are the three grape varieties used to produce Champagne?

1)

2)

3)

What are the climatic hazards often experienced by viticulturalists in Champagne and what effect does this have on wine production?

Factor: Cool summer temperatures

Effect: Underripe grapes, low alcohol, high acid wines

Factor: Spring frosts

Effect: Reduction in yield

etc.

I recently held a WSET L2 course at Monachyle Mhor and was very impressed with their approach to study. All of the group were involved in preparing flashcards like this …

Flashcards, WSET Revision Techniques… questions on one side, answers on the other. They had piles and piles of them! Then they asked each other the questions, over and over again, picking questions at random and shuffling the pile.

Might work for you too!