Our Courses

All of our courses are fully mobile and can be run in any suitable venue, so we are pleased to offer them to companies as in-house training.  These are offered on a daily fee basis with examination fees, consumables, travel and accommodation (where necessary) charged at cost.

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Although the WSET courses are written with the wine retail trade in mind, members of the public, who are interested in wines and wish to develop their knowledge of the subject will also find them of benefit.

The world’s leading awarding body in the subject of wines is the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and AS&A is a WSET Approved Centre of Training.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

This one-day course is suitable for restaurant, bar or store assistants who may need to offer advice about or descriptions of the wines they sell.  The content is delivered via our own, lively PowerPoint programme and illustrated by the tasting of six wines.

WSET Level 2 (Intermediate) Award in Wines and Spirits

Run over three days, this intermediate level course is designed for managers and staff, who are called upon to give more detailed information about wines and food pairing to customers.  It includes the characteristics of the principal grape varieties, the regions of production and production processes, storage, service, and sensible consumption.

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WSET Level 3 (Advanced) Award in Wines and Spirits

Formerly known as ‘the Advanced Certificate’, this is a five day course which may be run as a five-day block or as one-day modules spread over several weeks.  Managers, sommeliers and others who are involved in purchasing wine, writing wine lists or giving detailed information about the selection of wines and pairing them with food are those who will benefit most from this course.  The syllabus looks at the World’s wine producing areas in more detail and is illustrated with some eighty different wines over the course of the five days.

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Food Safety in Catering

Since the introduction of the Food Safety Act 1990, it has been a legal requirement for all food handlers to be given appropriate instruction in food hygiene.

Training of lower level food serving staff can usually be handled in-house by a suitably qualified person, but those involved in the preparation of food and the supervision of staff and the management of food premises need to complete a formal course of instruction.

AS&A have chosen to offer qualifications from the UK’s leading awarding body, Highfield Awarding Body for Complience (HABC).

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

This is the minimum qualification an Environmental Food Practitioner (food inspector) would expect and is designed with those engaged in the preparation and cooking of food.

It is a one-day course and covers food safety legislation, hazards, taking temperatures, refrigeration, chilling & cold holding, cooking, hot holding & re-heating of foods, food handlers, the principles of safe storage, cleaning and food premises and equipment.

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Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering

Supervisors and chefs are advised to complete this three-day course and it is essential if you wish to have a score of five stars on your door.

Our course includes several exercises, which you will base on your own workplace.  The syllabus includes legislation, applying and monitoring good hygiene practice, temperature control, Workplace and equipment design, cleaning and disinfection, pest control, personal hygiene, training, HACCP, food safety management tools, food safety auditing.

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Licensing Law

Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders 

The Licensing Act 2003 completely changed the way that the sale of alcohol is regulated; it split the old ‘justices licence’ into two: a Premises Licence and a Personal Licence.   All sales of alcohol must be made or authorized by the holder of a Personal Licence.  To obtain a Personal Licence’ the applicant must have passed the examination and hold a certificate awarded by an approved awarding body.

We offer the HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders, which is such a qualification.

The one-day course is offered monthly at our Over school and covers the principles of the 2003 Act, applying for a personal licence, the responsibilities of a personal licence holder Applying for a premises licence, the operating schedule, variations and reviews, temporary events notice, powers of responsible bodies, the protection of children, the nature of alcohol and the conduct of licensed premises.

The examination is conducted at the end of the course and successful candidates may expect to receive their certificate within two weeks.

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