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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...

UK Wine Show Podcast, Feb 2021
Just wanted to say thanks for the UK Wine Show - helped me so much with my diploma studies and helped me pass - listened on my commute. Keep up the good work!


WSET Level 2 Online Wine Course, Nov 2020
Hi Jane and Mark,

I just wanted to drop you an email to say that I thought the exam went really well on Saturday and the IT side of things all worked out fine (I think/hope!). It certainly seemed easier than I thought it was going to be. Now looking forward to finding out the results.

I really enjoyed the course over the 3 Saturdays. I thought it was really well delivered and I enjoyed the wine tastings too. I would definitely recommend you.

Hope you have a good break over the festive season.

Many thanks

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

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,


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

WSET Level 3 Wine Online Course, Nov 2020
Thank you so much to Chris and Jane at Thirty Fifty for all their support and patient instruction through my WSET L3 course. They have created some fantastic tools to help their students learn and I would thoroughly recommend them as a course provider. The flash cards in particular were very useful for studying, and it took a big load off the learning process to be able to use them. Chris is an engaging, highly knowledgeable teacher who will help you every step of the way.


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


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

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.


WSET Level 3 Online Wine Course, Sep 2020
Dear ThirtyFifty,

Thank you for a really engaging WSET 3 course. Despite being virtual, I learned a ton and actually loved not having to commute anywhere every Saturday. I could tell how much thought you've put into your program and I really appreciate the materials you provided to help us succeed. The flash cards and practice exams helped me understand the way in which WSET wanted me to think about wine and also where I needed to focus more time studying. And, I know that you keep adding to these materials, as you would jot down questions while teaching us, which shows how much you care about your students' success. Lastly I just wanted to let you know how invaluable it was that you provided wine samples and that we could drink the same wine as a group. This is something I wish I had for my level 2 studies (which I also did online but with another provider). With your guidance, we were able to calibrate our palates and have interesting discussions about wine making techniques or geography/climate that could affect the flavors we were tasting or colors we were seeing.

Anyhow, just wanted to say thank you and will definitely miss your class!

All the best,

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.

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,

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


WSET Level 2 Online Wine Course, Jun 2020
On achieving a Pass with Distinction...

Great news, thanks for letting me know.

Fantastic til I found out John beat me by 1! LoL

Really enjoyed the course – in terms of feedback I really don’t think the learning diminished at all over Zoom. I am a teacher by trade and I think Zoom and Chris worked very well together; communication, information, ideas, questions, all flowed very well.
The only thing that was lacking was the social interaction, pre and post events – but that was beyond any of our control.
Good fun, and well taught.
The flash card and mock exams were very, very useful in helping revision.

Would love to do L3 – can’t start it in June though,



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.


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.


WSET L3 Podcast, Feb 2020
Hi Chris,

And greetings from Finland!
I quite recently found podcasts in my life. I started driving to work and listening to wine podcasts on my 20 minute drive. You have very top level guests in your show. And I have to say your sound quality is very good. Some podcasts have irrelevant background music and it is impossible to hear what they are talking about while driving.

Especially WSET L3 podcasts are great! I am coming to London next month to join the WSET Educator Training Programme and hopefully start teaching WSET courses here in Finland. Your show is something that I will recommend to everybody. (I have to look into your other training material as well.)



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

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!

Thao Moore

WSET Level 3 Wine Course, Jul 2019
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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!


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

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.


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!


(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,

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,

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!



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

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.

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

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


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


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

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!

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

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

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.


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

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,

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

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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