The Tea Foundation Online course consists of four modules which must be completed in the correct order: 1,2,3,4

The fifth and final section ' Tea Foundation Online' contains your final exam and graduation detail.

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Course Introduction

A welcome from Jane Pettigrew


Jane Pettigrew

Director of Studies for the UK Tea Academy

Jane Pettigrew

Jane Pettigrew is one of the best-known and most highly respected professionals in the tea world. She has worked as a writer and educator for over 35 years and is tirelessly committed to sharing her knowledge of tea and improving the standards of tea service. She teaches tea masterclasses all over the world and has written 17 books on tea. In 2014 she was voted Best Tea Educator at World Tea Awards, World Tea Expo, and in January 2016 was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Tea Production and Tea History in the UK's New Year Honours list. Jane’s latest book, Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea was awarded Best New Product (Publications and Books category) at World Tea Expo 2018 and Best Tea Publication at World Tea Awards, World Tea Expo 2019.


  • How long will this course take me to complete?

    The course is split into four parts and each part should take you about 3 hours to complete. However, there is no time limit and you can stop and come back to the lessons at any time within a six month period from your enrolment date.

  • Is this part of the official UK Tea Academy qualifications?

    This course is based on the internationally recognised Tea Champion course from the UK Tea Academy. But the Tea Champion qualification can only be awarded after completion of this online course (presenting the theory) together with the classroom-based practical course which covers the essential tasting, brewing and blending elements of the Tea Champion course. A certificate will be made available to print at home on completion of the online course, which will provide evidence that you have studied with us. Due to the current closure of our classroom, your Tea Foundation qualification will remain valid until such time as you can visit London or an overseas training centre and attend the Tea Sensory and Practical day to complete your training. The downloadable handouts from this course will help to refresh your learning before you attend the pratical day.

  • Will I learn enough about tea without the practical elements?

    We do strongly recommend that you also consider attending our one-day practical course to put all of this theory into practise, identifying a variety of teas and learning to appreciate their taste and aromas. But if you are unable to attend the additional day in person then do not worry, because this online course has been designed to teach you the fundamentals of tea and will improve your confidence in sourcing, brewing and serving tea whether on a professional or personal basis.

  • Will I be guided through the course by a tutor?

    You don't need a tutor with this course, as it is designed for self-study at your own pace. Each module or section of the course has downloadable materials which support your study and are course notes for you to keep. If you have technical queries then there is a Help function and the UKTA Online team are available to answer questions by email:

  • Can I discuss the course with other students?

    If it is reviews and recommendations you are after, take a look at the website Every student who enrols in the online Tea Foundation course will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can discuss your love of tea with other enrolled and past students.

Social proof: reviews

Great course

Sonia Ferrer

Thank you for this extraordinary course about world of tea: very good teaching materials and easy to follow and to learn.

Thank you for this extraordinary course about world of tea: very good teaching materials and easy to follow and to learn.

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Foundation course

mansel jones

Enjoyable and educational on the basic knowledge of tea. A good taster for more

Enjoyable and educational on the basic knowledge of tea. A good taster for more

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