West London Wine School Associate Certification (Day Course)

Join Academy of Cheese® Training Partner Jonny Tyson as he takes you through the basics of how cheese is made, how to make a great cheese board selection and the flavours and profiles of the level one syllabus of 25 cheeses.



Learn to taste cheese like a pro.

Do you have a passion for cheese? Expand your knowledge with The Academy of Cheese level 1 course.

For all lovers of cheese, increase your knowledge to share with family & friends or to enhance your career. This course is an introduction to all types of cheese, cheese making and learning to taste cheese the Academy way.

Join Academy of Cheese® Training Partner Jonny Tyson as he takes you through the basics of how cheese is made, how to make a great cheese board selection and the flavours and profiles of the level one syllabus of 25 cheeses.

What to expect

The course is completed within one day (10am – 5pm), you will learn all about the world’s classic cheeses, how they are made, their history and what they taste like. We use specialist training materials from the Academy of Cheese, taste 12 classic cheeses and learn about cheese in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Who’s it for?

Anybody with an interest in Cheese! Level 1 is for anyone who wants to understand the basics of cheese and cheesemaking whether out of their own passion or as a stepping-stone in their career.

Students may elect to sit the Academy of Cheese® Level 1 Associate exam after completing the course – this exam can be taken online, at home and at the convenience of the student. Anyone who successfully completes this exam will receive a certificate and badge – as well as the right to say they are qualified in cheese!

Will There Be Wine?

A tasting of 6 wines is included in the course fee – we are a wine school after all! While the focus of the day is very much on cheese, students will also have the opportunity to taste 6 wines during the day chosen specifically to help demonstrate cheese and wine pairing principles.

Please note that wine tasting is not an essential component to this course however, and if a student would like to attend the course without tasting any wine that is absolutely fine. Use the promotion code NO2WINE when completing your purchase, and £20 will be removed from your course fee.

What’s Included for the course fee?

  • 1 full-day classroom course with a certified Academy of Cheese® Training Partner
  • Taste 12 cheeses over the course
  • Learn about 25 different cheese styles
  • Taste 6 wines to learn about wine and cheese pairing principles
  • Academy of Cheese printed delegate pack
  • Hardcopy of the Level One Cheese book (detailing 25 different cheese styles)
  • 12 month access to the Academy of Cheese online
  • Access to online Learning Road and Cheese Library
  • Level One Exam (taken online in your own time)
  • Certificate and Pin Badge upon completion of the exam

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! 


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