Programme Outline: 
  • Growing vines and making wine
  • Factors influencing the style of wine
  • Classic grape varieties
  • Wine-producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and liqueurs
  • Label terminology
  • Food and wine pairing
  • The art of tasting wine in detail

Examination: To gain the qualification students must pass a multiple choice test of 50 questions.

Entry requirements None
Subjects studied Synopsis
Wine Tasting Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
Food and Wine Matching A guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
Wine Service and Storage Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognise common faults found in wines
Social Responsibility A guide to sensible drinking
Labelling Learn how to decode and understand labels
Factors influencing the Style of Wine Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery
Grape Varieties Learn about the styles of wines produced by the key international and regionally important grape varieties
Key white grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
Other varieties: Albariño, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscadet, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Semillon, Torrontés,
Trebbiano and Verdicchio
Key black grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
Other varieties: Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Primitivo,
Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Zinfandel
Key Wine-Producing Regions of the World Learn about the main styles of wines from the key wine-producing regions.
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
Number of Wines Tasted 44 wines and 4 spirits will be tasted as part of the course
Study Materials Students will receive an Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits course study pack, consisting of the course
book, study guide and tasting card
Duration of course 16 hours (8 two-hour sessions) plus 1 hour examination
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*
Modes of Study Day Release (one day a week for three weeks) / Consecutive Day (three consecutive days)
Evening (one evening a week for nine weeks) / Distance Learning** (provision of study materials and
online tutor with attendance required for examination only) **see separate Distance Learning booking form
Examination WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 1 hour
A mark of 55% required to pass
Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin


Deadline for registration is 14 days before start of the course.

Withdrawal before deadline – penalty 1000 UAH

Withdrawal after deadline date – no refund

Photo ID is required to sit the exam.

Students should be 18 or older