The WSPC® offers its students valid and certified courses to obtain one of the leading professional titles in the international market, studying in Greece, in Greek or English. With exam results and Studies Diplomas being awarded directly by the WSET® London, they easily and smoothly, achieve a recognised world-class education without the extra cost in time and money that would be necessary were they to study in England.
The WSET® programmes ensure excellent professional training for all areas of commerce. The structure and the course material at all levels of study as well as the knowledge base they provide, means that following the WSET® programme will result in acquiring a leading professional and educational qualification. It is worth mentioning that the Institute of Masters of Wine recognises the WSET® DIPLOMA / 4th Level Studies degree as a prerequisite for achieving the top professional educational qualification in the world in the field of wines and spirits, the Master of Wine carrying the universally recognised and unique initials of ' MW'.
The curriculum of WSPC® - fully harmonized with the curriculum of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust London - is divided into seven levels of tuition:
- Level 1 Wine / WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines
- Level 1 Sommelier / WSET® Level 1 Award in Wine Service
- Level 2 Wine / WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits
- Level 2 Spirits / WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits
- Level 3 / WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits
- Level 3 Wine / Hestia Advanced Certificate - The World of Greek Wines
- Level 4 / WSET ® Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits
In WSPC® 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 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.
At this point it is worth mentioning some specific figures regarding our strategy of integrating the Greek market in the training material of the WSET® UK. Whereas Level 1 / Level 1 Award in Wines is taught in England within six hours, in Greece 10 hours of instruction are necessary. Also, for example in the case of the Diploma, whereas in England it is completed within 118 hours of instruction in Greece it is completed in 190! Especially for the Diploma it is not just the incorporation of the Greek market that makes a difference, but also that this specific syllabus is enriched with a view to especially helping students cover most of their studying within the classroom. In this challenge the contributions of Mr. Konstantinos Lazarakis MW are crucial and invaluable.
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