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Academy of Cheese - Frequently Asked Questions

Academy of Cheese - Frequently Asked Questions

We have been running Academy of Cheese courses since the program began and we love the interaction with fellow cheese lovers. These courses provide an industry-recognised accreditation in cheese. You get to taste delicious, artisan cheeses, learn all about the cheese making process and take part in a rewarding and enjoyable course with a small group of like-minded participants and our expert, professional cheese educators. 

Our new virtual Academy of Cheese courses begin in 2021 and you can book your place here. 

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Can I book one course  but both my husband and I join the class as its on Zoom?

The course fee covers enough cheese for one person plus the learning materials and exam entry for one person. We would therefore recommend purchasing the course for each individual who wants to join in. 

Can you tell me what cheeses are covered?

At level one, the course focuses on 25 cheeses, of which we will provide /examine around half. We don’t currently have the finalised list as it is dependent on the availability of the cheeses. 

Can I get a discount if I only attend 2 out of the 3 sessions?

We highly recommend attending all three sessions as we will cover examinable material in each session. We are unable to offer a discount if you cannot attend

Are exam re-sits available?

Yes - these can be arranged directly with the Academy for an addiitonal fee

How long is each session?

We expect the sessions to be around 2-3 hours each.

Are vegetarian alternatives available?

We will be covering cheeses that have a strict PDO and have to be made to particular recipes and therefore we are unable to offer vegetarian alternatives.

Is the course interactive or delivered like a lecture?

We very much encourage enthusiastic participation and there will be lots of opportunities for discussion, questions and shared tastings

I want to attend but I live abroad – is there an option without cheese?

We are happy to discuss options for this. Please email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk detailing where you live and when you would like to attend and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Can I get access to the learning materials early?

We will be sending out learning materials and online course access in the week of the first session.

Can I swap any of the cheeses if I don’t like them?

Unfortunately not, the cheeses have been chosen to illustrate key learning points and are key to the course. We’ve had many people come away with a new found affection for cheese’s they have avoided in the past!

I’m a trade customer/ in the industry – can I have a discount?

We are happy to discuss options for this. Please email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk with details of your enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Can I get a voucher or certificate to present as a gift?

Gift Vouchers are available to buy online and then can be redeemed against a course dependent on availability

I would like to book a private course for my team

We are happy to discuss options for this. Please email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk detailing how many participants you would like to book for and your ideal dates and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

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