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WSET Wine Course Testimonials

In 2020 we ran all of our WSET courses online, live-streamed via Zoom classrooms, led by our tutors Chris, Abbie and Mark. We've achieved outstanding results using this method of delivering the courses, well above the average for the WSET as a whole at every level. Our students have also had free access to ThirtyFifty's online resources (mock exam questions, flash cards) which has contributed to the results.

In Level 1, 100% of our students passed the online exam. In Level 2, 98% of students passed the online exam - 62% with distinction and 26% with merit. For Level 3 we had 78% of students pass (WSET average is 60%) and, of those, 19% achieved a distinction and 58% achieved a merit.

Here is some feedback and thank you notes from our L1, L2 and L3 students...

WSET Level 3 Online Wine Course, Nov 2020
On passing with Merit...

Dear Jane,

Thank you for your e-mail and for sharing the good news!

Thoroughly enjoyed studying the course and I am so pleased to have completed it with Thirty Fifty. Thank you to Chris and yourself for making the Level 3 available via Zoom! You put in an incredible amount of work in a short period of time, to get it up and running!

Kind Regards
Rahul

WSET Level 3 Online Wine Course, Nov 2020
On passing with Merit...

Great news,

Thanks a lot for letting us know I was expecting to wait until Feb so an early new year surprise is very welcome.

I really enjoyed the course really appreciate the great tutoring from Chris and all of the excellent revision aids that were available.

Also the flexibility in taking the exam when we had issues with covid.

Thanks again to you and Chris.

Wish you all the best for the future.

Best regards,

Jack

WSET Level 1 Online Wine Course, Nov 2020
H Jane,

A rather belated thank you for very enjoyable and informative the WSET course! Mark was a fountain of knowledge and a lot of fun to listen to, and I can only imagine what a feat of organisation it was for you to get all that stuff out to everyone!

Thanks again and please pass on my thanks to Mark.

Best regards
Joanna

WSET Level 1 Online Wine Course, Sep 2020
Hi Jane

Tom and I absolutely loved Level 1 on Saturday - we both thought it was very well organised and the materials provided i.e. the book, worksheets and wine were superb. I have to give a special mention to Mark. Both Tom and I thought he gave superb explanations and information, he taught and delivered the knowledge in a very clear and concise way, while also providing an element of fun and enjoyment in which the whole class seemed to really take a lot from.

Thanks again for running such a fun and informative course.

Best Wishes

Josh

Louis - WSET L3 Online Resources, Sep 2020
This is a message to Chris Scott;
Just to say thank you for all the efforts you put in helping WSET exam students through the podcasts you record.
I am recently retired and has wine as a hobby. Keep up the great work Chris. I for one, am very grateful to you and your team
Kindest Regards
Louis

WSET Online Level 2 Course, Sep 2020
Dear Jane,

Thank you for great news, wow I am really happy to have passed.

Thank you very much for your support throughout the course. I really enjoyed it and I cannot find words to thank also Abbie. She is an excellent tutor, the course was very intense with long days but Abbie managed to keep us interested, she is very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. I learned a lot from her, she was very committed and approachable with any queries, also out of course hours, so 5 out of 5 for Abbie.

Best
Aggie

WSET Level 3 Online Wine Course, Aug 2020
From Liz on achieving a Pass with Distinction...

Wow Jane, I'm gobsmacked!
Thanks so much to you and Chris.
I very much enjoyed my Level 3 studies with you and Chris' teaching and it was great to meet you both in person at the exam.
I am planning to start the diploma in January.
Liz

WSET Online Level 3 Wine Course, Aug 2020
From Victoria, on achieving a Pass with Merit...

Whooo this is excellent news!

Thank you Jane. And please thank Chris too, I couldn’t have done it without his excellent teaching skills.

I also promised a testimonial, feel free to use if you want:

Chris made sure that although classes were held over zoom, everyone was involved in the discussion and it was just as lively as being in a class room. One of the main benefits of having sample wines delivered was the ability to save some for homework, so we had lots of opportunities to practice our tasting note answers under exam conditions. Having done my WSET L2 with a different course provider, I was thoroughly impressed at how much bonus content Thirty Fifty provided. The resources from Thirty Fifty, like the podcast, the flash cards and the mock exam questions, were an enormous help and I doubt I could have taken in so much information, or passed, without them. The exam itself was exceptionally well organised, particularly given the challenging situation. Jane was incredibly welcoming on the exam day, and looking back over the course, had always been on hand to answer any questions about the course.

All the best,
Victoria

WSET Level 3 Online Wine Course, Jun 2020
Hello Jane,

Fantastic, great to hear. I look forward to receiving the certificates. Doesn’t sound like I was that far off the overall distinction?

Thank you to you both as well. I really enjoyed doing the course with Chris. It worked really well virtually, and with the samples. Plus the online practice materials were great too!

Best Regards

Jon

WSET Level 3 Wine Course, May 2020
Hi guys,

Jut want to thank you for your WSET level 3 example questions and answers, it was super helpful. There are a few of us over here in San Diego that used the material (we bought our own log ins, too!) and four of us in our study group passed with distinction. It was very helpful to us.

Chris Smith

WSET Level 3 Online Wine Course, May 2020
Thank you for letting me know that is great news to hear!

Thanks again to you and Chris, it was a really excellent course and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Regards,
Oliver

ThirtyFifty's Level 3 Wine Resources & Podcast, Mar 2020
Hello Chris,

Thank you so much for getting back to me. Since I sent that email, I am still a huge fan of your show. I teach WSET 3 here in the Finger Lakes and I recommend that all the students listen to your tasting technique episodes as well as the relevant interviews. We had a 100% pass rate for the tasting and one student commented in the evaluation that your recorded episodes about the level 3 tasting technique were a turning point for him understanding the WSET methodology. So thank you for helping us be better educators.

I don't have plans to be in the UK anytime soon but our wines are distributed through Matthew Clark so I will hopefully make a sales trip out there in the near future. Please let me know if you or Jane are in the NY area and would like to visit the Finger Lakes. We would be so happy to host you.

Thank you for all the hard work and effort you put into the podcast, it does not go unnoticed.

Meaghan

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Aug 2019
Hi Jane

Just to say thank you for the course on Saturday - an enjoyable day and great venue. The food pairing exercise was informative as this is something I struggle with. Also interesting choice of wines - im now a converted Australian Shiraz drinker!

Looking forward to receiving results in due course. I've been motivated to learn more in depth about wine and will probably progress to level 2 next year.

Kind regards
Ann

WSET Level 3 Wine Course, Jul 2019
Hi Chris and Jane,

I wanted to thank you for the role your company played in my wine studies. I took the WSET Level 3 exam at Napa Valley Wine Academy at the end of April. I just got my results this morning and found out I passed with merit in both theory and blind tasting. Your mock exams and tasting podcast played an instrumental role in my success. Thank you very much for what you do!

Cheers,
Thao Moore

WSET Level 3 Wine Course, Jul 2019
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Fumimaro

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Course, Jul 2019
Hi Chris and Jane,

I wanted to thank you for the role your company played in my wine studies. I took the WSET Level 3 exam at Napa Valley Wine Academy at the end of April. I just got my results this morning and found out I passed with merit in both theory and blind tasting. Your mock exams and tasting podcast played an instrumental role in my success. Thank you very much for what you do!

Cheers,
Thao

Laura - WSET Level 2 Wine Course, May 2019
Dear Jane,

Thank you so much – I really enjoyed the course with Chris so please send my thanks to him for his passion and enthusiasm whilst teaching the lessons.

All the best
Laura

ThirtyFifty's WSET Level 3 Exam Practice Questions, Feb 2019
Hi Chris and Jane,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you. My WSET 3 lecturer emailed me today to say I'd passed first time with a credit and distinction!

Being able to revise with your WSET 3 mock questions was so helpful and definitely gave me a huge advantage!

Many many thanks again.

Gina

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Course, Jan 2019
Hi Jane,

Thank you so much!!! I’m beyond excited and pleased, thank you.

Loved the course - it was a lot, but enjoyed it and really looking forward to taking the next step on the wine journey!

Best
Felicity

(on passing with Merit)

Will - WSET Level 1 Wine Course, Jan 2019
Hi Jane,

Many thanks and yes I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Please pass on my thanks to Camilla - she was fantastic and I didn’t get chance to thank her at the end.

Kind regards,
Will

WSET Level 1 Wine Course, London, Oct 2018
Hi Jane

Thanks for this, really pleased with that result!
Please pass my thanks on to Mark - I had a fantastic day and he made it really easy to learn. I found the day really interesting and was completely engaged throughout.

Kind regards,
Charlotte

Alan - WSET Level 3 Wine Course, London, Jul 2018
That is excellent news. Thanks for letting me know Jane. We are currently in France putting our new wine knowledge to very good use. Thanks to all at thirty fifty for the wonderful programme and the support you gave me. Cheers, Alan

WSET Level 2 Wine Course - London, Jun 2018
Hi Jane,

I wanted to drop you a quick note following our completion of the WSET Level 2 course.

Marty has been an incredible tutor who is clearly so passionate about wine and ran 3 amazing sessions. Marty was engaging throughout and made everyone on the course feel comfortable no matter what their experience level in wine was.

Hopefully a good result in the exam and look forward to doing more with the thirty fifty team in the future!

Regards,

Camilla

WSET Level 2 Wine Course, Jun 2018
Hi Marty

Just to say thanks again for your WSET Level 2 course, I found it very enjoyable and although not having taken an exam since school I was surprised and delighted to pass with 'Distinction'.
Hope all the other guys on our course did well - I assume they did thanks to your teaching
Thanks again, thinking about doing level 3 now.

Salud and drink well
Dave

Claire - WSET Level 1 Wine Course, May 2018
Thank you, so pleased I passed!
Camilla was a really excellent teacher and I really enjoyed the course. Please pass on my thanks to her.
Claire

WSET Level 2 Course, Apr 2018
Hi Jane

Great result - thank you very much! Marty was an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and what I enjoyed was that he was always open to discussion on different wines or peoples perceptions of those wines. Great guy.

Many thanks
John

WSET Level 2 Wine & Spirits Course, Apr 2018
Hi Marty,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for your excellent teaching and course. You made it fun yet covered a lot of ground in a relatively short time. You were also very good in allowing us to ask plenty of questions & give your considered responses, which is a great way to learn.

All the best

BW
Simon

WSET Level 3 Wine Course, Feb 2018
Thanks Jane

Wow...that's a real surprise. I really didn't think I'd done quite enough!

I really enjoyed the course and Chris is a great tutor with the right balance of information given in a serious but accessible way, He worked us hard but it was enjoyable ☺

I look forward to receiving my certificate in the near future and wish ThirtyFifty continued success.

Best Wishes

David

WSET Level 3 Wine Course, Feb 2018
Dear Jane
Thank you so much for letting me know and for the course with Tom I’m pretty sure that the whole group have had an amazing time with him!!! You guys made my Monday
Thanks
Mike

Bernard - WSET Level 3 Wine Course, Feb 2018
Dear Jane,
Thank you very much for this. I am very pleased to have passed - the course was great fun, and of course achieving a good result is also very rewarding. I certainly intend to keep learning, reading, tasting....and perhaps visiting a few vineyards and wineries!
Regards,
Bernard

Jonathan (WSET Level 3), Jun 2017
Dear Jane (and Chris!)

Many thanks and I'm really chuffed to have passed!

Couldn't have done it without Chris's excellent teaching and course - quite brilliant! Please pass on my grateful thanks to him.

Hope the rest of the cohort did well too.

Alastair (WSET Level 2 student), Sep 2016
Garry,

A quick email to thank you for making the course over the last three weeks educational and importantly fun. I really enjoyed the last three weekends learning more about wine and wine tasting, and your infectious enthusiasm made long days seem very short.

Thanks once again.

Angela (WSET Level 1), Sep 2016
Hi Jane

Just a quick thank you for the course on Saturday it was thoroughly enjoyable and the course tutor, Camilla, was great.

Many Thanks

Harshi (WSET Level 2), Jul 2016
Dear Jane,

I am really pleased I passed the Level 2! I mentioned to Garry already that I really enjoyed the course. Gary was a great tutor and made the course informative and fun. Please thank him on my behalf again.

Kind regards
Harshi

Olivia - WSET Level 1, Apr 2016
Thank you so much for emailing, I am so happy I passed!

Thank you again. I really loved the Level 1 course- very interesting so thank you and Chris.

Olivia

WSET London - Francois, Apr 2016
Good afternoon to both of you

How is Chris, my trainer during the WSET Level 3? I wanted to merci very much and now that it is over, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated every little tip and wine tasting even though I kept putting forward ONLY FRENCH WINE QUALITY.

I like studying about wine. Maybe I failed the test, maybe I passed (I really hoped that I have passed though because I did study more than the required time, 70 hours in fact and I liked it!) but I feel happy that I took part and I hope to continue. I have just enrolled and paid for the French Wine Scholar course starting in three weeks. I can't get enough.

I hope to see you very soon, at least for wine tasting and for tips for WSET Level 4 if I have passed WSET Level 3.

Regards and keep up the good work Chris, you were an inspiration to all of us!

Matt (Level 3 student), Apr 2016
Jane,

That's great news - thanks for letting me know. And please also thank Chris for me, he was such a brilliant tutor and I'm so pleased I chose ThirtyFifty as my course provider.

With best wishes,

Kevin, Jul 2015
Hi Jane,

That’s brilliant news thanks - I’m totally chuffed with that! (& a bit gobsmacked to get the Distinction on the Theory paper)

Thanks very much to you & Chris for organising everything, & to Chris for his unique style of presenting/communicating the course - you definitely deserve your new IWC Wine Educator Of The Year award if you can get me to pass like that.

Now I know I’ve passed I look forward to getting my certificate. Do we get another little lapel pin for Level 3? If so I might even risk wearing it every now & then.

And yes, I’ll keep in touch with any news, & will be keeping an eye on the website.

Anyway, as you can tell I’m very happy, so once again - thanks!

Kind regards,
Kevin

Graham, Jun 2015
I really enjoyed the Level 3 course delivered by Chris. I learnt loads and have been using the skills nearly every night!!!!!

Nancy, Jun 2015
Hi Jane and Chris,

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course. Please feel free to quote the below wherever you like!

Thirty Fifty's WSET level 3 course is fantastic. Chris was a wonderful teacher - the combination of his passion, liveliness and experience brought WSET to life. I really appreciated that he had done so much extra work to help us learn as best we could - including tailoring and recreating slides that explained topics in a more digestible way than some of the WSET slides. The 5 week course is great for those pressed for time. It's a serious amount of learning but I feel I was able to learn the necessary material thanks to Chris' excellent understanding of the course and the exam. Many thanks also for letting us take home bottles of wine at the end of the class! I met some lovely people who I hope to see again.

I've written about the course on my blog
http://eatwithmeistanbul.com/2015/09/07/passed-one-more-hurdle-in-my-wine-journey/

Filip (WSET Level 3), Mar 2015
I just wanted to say big thanks for your great attitude and professional straightforward tuition which helped me to pass the exam with distinction. It was a great course with a happy end.
Thanks Chris!

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