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WSET Level 2

WSET Level 2 Award Wines and Spirits

Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses provide globally recognised qualifications which are suitable for both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. As a WSET Approved Programme Provider (APP) Defining Wine Ltd has been certified to offer this qualification as part of the UK’s Qualifications and Credits Framework which is accredited by OfQual.

Who's it for?

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (formerly known as the Intermediate Certificate) is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry who have little previous knowledge of the broad range of alcoholic beverages available. The qualification is suitable wherever a good level of product knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies.

The course is also suitable for those not employed in the drinks industry who wish to study wine using a structured curriculum and formal assessment. Please note- you do not need to have completed WSET Level 1 in order register for Level 2.

The course is an absolute must for anyone considering pursuing a career in the wine industry. Achieving a good grade in this qualification provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress on to the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines  (formerly known as the Advanced Certificate).

Programme outline

Wine Tasting Taste and describe wines using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting
Food and Wine Matching A guide to the key considerations when matching food & wine successfully
Wine Service and Storage Learn the correct way to store and serve wine & recognise common faults found in wines
Labelling Learn how to decode & understand labels
Factors influencing the Style of Wine Study the factors influencing the style, quality & price of wine in the vineyard & winery
Grape Varieties Learn about the styles of wines produced by the key international & regionally important grape varieties:
– Key white grape varieties
– Key black grape varieties
Key Wine-Producing regions of the World Learn about the main styles of wines from the key wine-producing regions. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
Number of Wines Tasted 30-35 wines will be tasted as part of the course (please note : If students are unable to sample wines because of age restrictions, religious / cultural restrictions or personal preference, they will still be able to participate in all other aspects of the course, and is not a barrier for successful completion of the qualification).

Course outline

Duration 16 hours
Recommended Private Study 12 hours additional private study is recommended for this course. It is strongly recommended that the majority of the private study is done in preparation for the course.
Examination 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 1 hour. A mark of 55% required to pass.
Certification Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits lapel pin.

This qualification is accredited at Level 2 in the UK National Qualifications Framework. It is also approved as a Technical Certificate for the Advanced Level Hospitality Modern Apprenticeship.

Study Materials Students will receive an Intermediate course study pack, consisting of  the course book (a comprehensive guide to the wines of the world), a study guide (complete with maps, example questions, and forms for your own tasting notes) and laminated tasting card.

Upcoming Courses

  1. Sheldon’s Wine Cellars, Shipston-on-Stour

7 Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Starting on Tuesday 24th January until Tuesday 7th March 2023

Cost  £425 – includes all study materials, wine and spirit samples, tuition, examination and postage.

Bookings now being taken

Entry requirements

Students and candidates who are under 18 will NOT be allowed to sample any alcoholic beverages as part of their course, but this is NOT a barrier for successfully completing the qualification.



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