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Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wine

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Part time

Duration 6 weeks

Start date Mar 2024

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Course overview

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification for 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 an understanding of the principal and regionally significant 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 confidently describe these wines.

Start Month: March 2024

Dates – Thursday 21 March 2024 to Thursday 2 May 2024 – 10 am to 2.30 pm every Thursday (Excluding April 4 and 11 for college holidays) 

the Deadline for applications is Monday 4 March.

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

How the course is assessed

  • A one-hour closed-book examination comprised 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • Upon successfully completing the examination, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and be able to use the associated WSET-certified logo.

Number of days per week

1 day per week for 5 weeks – Thursday–  10am to 2.30pm

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course to participate in any alcohol tasting. However, this is not a barrier to successfully completing the qualification. Requirements may vary by the course provider.

For further details and the full course specification go to:-

wset_l2wines_specification_en_may2023_issue2.pdf (wsetglobal.com)

Information on Tests / 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

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Part time 21/03/24 6 Weeks

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