Here at The Wine Society we start at level 2, level 1 isn’t really much point, when I started working here I had 0 knowledge of wine. I found that the level 2 was a great intro to wine, the main regions, some of the key sub regions as well as different grape types and how they taste.
Level 3 built on that to a much greater depth and was quite a step up from level 2 as it delves more into smaller lesser known regions and grapes as well as some more technical aspects to wine making.
For me starting from 0 knowledge, doing the level 2 then level 3 made sense - distinction for level 2 and merit for level 3. I don’t think I will be going for the diploma though, but have some of the course material on my desk which I am gradually working through for my own learning and enjoyment.
I think if you come from already drinking various wines from different countries and are used to various grapes then I think it might be ok to go with level 3.
I created a beginner thread for the things I wish I knew before starting out learning about wine - some of the newbie basics that aren’t always common knowledge until someone tells you.