Turnbulls Level One: Self Study – 33 on demand videos and audio

Cheese expert, international cheese judge and one of the authors of the Level 1 Academy of Cheese programme, Charlie Turnbull takes you through the whole level one curriculum with On-Demand videos, audio and reading materials.





THE FIRST STEP IN YOUR CHEESE JOURNEY. Charlie’s comprehensive curriculum fills the gaps in your knowledge to give you a broad understanding and confidence in choosing, tasting, talking about and enjoying cheese.

This On-Demand course includes

    Presented in bite-sized videos of 3 to 20 minutes.
    Links to the relevant learning text on the Academy of Cheese Learning Road.
    Audio recordings of the Academy learning road for your convenience.
    Links to Academy test questions for you to check your knowledge.

Why On-Demand?

    Learn where you like, when you like and as fast or slow as you like.
  • AVAILABLE 24/7/365
    So you can return to pieces you find challenging.
    Covering all the material. Not just what fits into a zoom call.
    The quality of the training doesn’t vary so delegates always receive a high-quality experience.

About Charlie Turnbull

Charlie has unrivalled knowledge of cheese and, having been part of the team that developed the Academy of Cheese Level 1 course material itself. On top of this he is enjoyable to listen to, excessively enthusiastic, and he wears a bowler hat.

The Academy of Cheese Level 1 is the front door for cheese lovers and cheese professionals into the world of cheese. No other training community or school across the planet has such an outward and inclusive view of what cheese is and who can learn about it.”

Please Note: On sign up it may take up to 24 hours to activate your account with Turnbulls.


“Charlie Has A Huge Genuine Love And Appreciation Of All Things ‘Cheese’ – His Depth Of Knowledge Is Huge And His Enthusiasm Knows No Bounds.”

“I Loved Hearing About The History Of The Cheeses, I Found It Fascinating To Hear About The Different Origins. I Also Loved Learning About The Making Of The Cheese And It Is Easy To Forget The Amount Of Work That Goes Into The Process”

“The Tasting Wheel Was Great And Made Me Think Differently About How And What I Was Tasting. Excellent Highly Recommended.”

Have a question? Ask Charlie.

Includes instant access to the Associate learning road and certification

  • How to describe the key ingredients used in cheesemaking and their purpose
  • Have an overview of the steps involved in cheesemaking and maturation
  • Understand the Academy of Cheese Make/Post-Make (MPM) Model
  • Understand how milk is produced
  • Recognise the condition of a soft mould-ripened cheese in terms of degree of ripeness
  • Understands cheese grading and its relevance
  • Understands the role of maturation and affinage in adding value to the product
  • Knows the different techniques to accelerate and decelerate ripening in soft mould-ripened cheese
  • Understand of how cheese is bought and transported including the term “chill chain”
  • Understand the importance of offering an appropriate range of cheeses for a cheese board
  • Select and use appropriate packaging, to wrap and re-wrap cheese
  • Be able to cut cheese using appropriate tools
  • Understand the importance of caring for, cutting and serving cheeses appropriate to the variety
  • Understands the key descriptors of cheese i.e. country of origin, species of milking animal, vegetarian/animal rennet, raw/pasteurised milk, MPM Model, protected status, age
  • Understands the principles of pairing cheese and drinks
  • An overview of the history of cheesemaking
  • Understand the differences between large scale and artisan production
  • Understand an overview of the nutritional value of cheese
  • Demonstrates good hand-washing techniques
  • Understand how to handle cheese safely
  • Understand the difference between “use by” and “best before”
  • Understands how to use the Academy of Cheese Level 1 Structured Approach to Tasting Model
  • Practical assessment of cheese using the model

At Level One you are required to study and taste 25 iconic cheeses. You will find details on each cheese in your delegates pack and in the online Cheese Library. Whether you attend an online or classroom course you will be expected to have tasted the 25 cheeses on the Level One list by the time of your assessment.

Use the Structured Approach to Tasting Cheese (SATC) sheet to record your tasting notes.

Whichever way you chose to study, you’ll need to take the online exam to become a certified Academy of Cheese Associate. It’s 30 questions in 30 minutes, you’ve got this! 

2 reviews for Turnbulls Level One: Self Study – 33 on demand videos and audio

  1. Charlie

    Thank you Jeremy!

  2. Jeremy (verified owner)

    Charlie’s Level 1 videos were a great way to get into the world of cheesemaking! He made everything really approachable. Can’t wait to start Level 2.

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