At W.S.P.C.® a wine professional and enthusiast can enrol onto classes that lead to obtaining the world-renowned WSET Qualifications. By studying in Greece, candidates may attend courses in both Greek and English language. The Qualifications are awarded directly by WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust), a leading educational organisation based in London UK and operating in over 75 countries.
The WSET® programmes are structured in levels that build up knowledge and skills. Success in exams results to Qualifications that maintain a leading position among wine professionals worldwide, while contributes to a sustainable wine culture. It is worth mentioning that the Institute of Masters of Wine recognises the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines -the flagship Qualification of WSET- as a prerequisite for entering the MW study programme.
The curriculum of WSPC® includes the following WSET Qualifications
WSET Level 3 in Spirits (to be available at W.S.P.C. by the end of 2020)
WSET Level 1 in Sake
WSET Level 3 in Sake
(Sake Qualifications are expected to be available at W.S.P.C. by the end of 2021)
At W.S.P.C.® regarding the training material of all its educational programmes follows the philosophy of "think Global act Local". According to this philosophy, the model of overseas studies should always demonstrate respect and assimilation of the local culture and markets. Thus, while fully adopting the syllabus of WSET® London, we have also incorporated teaching about the vineyards of the respective country. Therefore, our students not only acquire knowledge of world wine scene which will give them a professional competence recognised throughout the world, but they will also acquire knowledge of the Greek vineyards essential for them to operate within the domestic market as well as in exports. Let us not forget that although Greece is not yet fully included in world wine literature it does have an important tradition in the production and consumption of wine and, in the past 15 years has been seriously active in the wine production area with ever increasing improvements both in terms of quantity and quality.
The above mentioned philosophy has meant that the teaching hours and the volume of information to students has had to be increased - both from a theoretical and from a practical (wine tasting) point of view - by an averafe of 40% at all levels of study, even for the WSET® Diploma. Also of interest is that Greek wines have "entered" exam questions (in blind tastings) not only in the Diploma but also in the Master of Wine.
All WSET® curriculum levels are addressed to:
- employees at all stages of production
- business executives who wish to be kept informed about the latest developments in their field
- business executives seeking to acquire specialised training that will provide them with a unique possibilities of advancement in their work and in their careers
- companies seeking to upgrade the staffing of their departments, as well as to upgrade their products and services
- young people of over 18 who wish to choose the area of wines and spirits as their professional career choice.
- Consumers who wish to learn more about wine and to penetrate its complexity