Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is WSET?

A: WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is a professional institute based in London, UK. All WSET awards are international standard qualifications. To learn more about WSET, please visit

Q: What are the WSET Class Policies?

A: Please refer to terms and conditions. Please note that if you cannot attend (part of) the WSET courses after registration, the course fees are not refundable. If you want to re-take the parts that have been missed, you are required to pay the course fees for the next session.

Q: What makes Dragon Phoenix classes special?

1) Small size classes: we accept no more than 13 people for one class.

2) We can teach WSET courses bilingually (English and Chinese) with all presentations and materials available bilingually.

3) We also include our own PPTs to provide extra help.

4) Very high teaching standards: our students achieve some of the very best results in China

5) Teachers with a specific background and understanding of education.

6) We do not sell any wine- therefore our students are under no promotion pressure whatsoever.

Q: Do I have to pass the previous level before studying a higher level of WSET qualification?

A: Not necessarily, but we strongly suggest that you have strong basic wine knowledge before studying level 2. As for level 3, we strongly recommend that students have solid level 2 knowledge and tasting skills. Holding Level 2 is strongly recommended.

Please refer to the specifications of each level on WSET website. The specifications will give you all the details about the qualifications, exams, and what you should learn in each level.

Level 1 Award in Wines

Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

Level 3 Advanced Award in Wines and Spirits

International Higher Certificate in Wines and Spirits

To study Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits, you must hold the Level 3 Advanced Award certificate or pass International Diploma Entry Exam.

Q: Why the Chinese materials and exams are more expensive than the English ones?

A: According to WSET London Center, all non-English materials and exams are more expensive than the English ones.

Q: What if I do not have time to attend the exam following the class session?

A: If you cannot attend the exam for the session, you can postpone your exam to the next one. You will get email notifications about the next exam date and time as long as you remain on our exam waiting list.

If you have confirmed your attendance for the exam, please make sure that you show up. If you do not show up for the exam for any reason, the exam result will be marked as ‘non-attended’, and you need to pay exam fees for the next exam.

We strongly suggest that you attend the exam as soon as possible. If you postpone the exam for too long, we cannot guarantee to help with some difficulties you might encounter, such as a change in study materials or syllabus.

Q: What about the exam questions?

A: No exam question is allowed to be released to the public. For each exam, we order the exam papers in advance, and then send then straight back to WSET London to be marked.

Q: What about my results?

A: Depending on the level of the exam, it can take from 3 weeks to 2 months before the results are released to us. Please be patient and we will notify you about your result as we receive them.