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Course Overview

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

Dates – Mon 11 Oct to Mon 13 Dec 2021 – 2 pm to 4 pm (9 weeks excluding Mon 18 Oct). The exam is in week 9.

The deadline for applications is Mon 13 Sept, to allow time for materials to be ordered and delivered to candidates

Course Cost £325


What You Will Learn
  • How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT)
  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
  1. Chardonnay
  2. Pinot Grigio/Gris
  3. Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Riesling
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Merlot
  7. Pinot noir
  8. Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines
  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of a wine
  • Principles of food and wine pairing
Entry Requirements
  • There are no entry requirements but you must be of legal drinking age in this country - however, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the course
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • A one-hour closed-book examination comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • On successful completion of the examination, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

What’s included:-

  • All course materials produced by WSET

  • All tasting wines (approx. 43 wines)

  • All tuition and hand-outs

  • Examination paper, marking by WSET and a certificate and lapel pin for passing.

  • All study materials

Not included - Students must bring 6 ISO wine tasting glasses with them to each tutorial

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • On successful completion of the examination, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
  • Students who successfully pass the level 2 Award in Wines can apply for the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 day per week for 9 weeks – Mondays – 2pm to 4pm
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Start Date and Time

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This course will start on…
  • Monday 11/10/2021
End Date

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This course will end on...
  • Monday 13/12/2021
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