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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 Nov 2022

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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.

Dates – Mon 28th Nov 2022 to Mon 9th January 2023, (excluding 26th Dec and 2nd January).

(deadline for applications is Mon 7th Nov 2022, to allow time for materials to be ordered).

Each Monday there will be 2 lessons from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm (8 lessons altogether with a one-hour exam in week 5).

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

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 – Mondays – 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm and then 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

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:

For further details and the entire course, specification go to:-

Specification – WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (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

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

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Part time 28/11/22 6 Weeks

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