The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is suited to both the trade employee, people in the drinks and hospitality industries with little previous knowledge of alcoholic beverages.

It also ideal for wine enthusiasts who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of wines, and spirits, and want to obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification.

The WSET Level 2 course leads to a UK Government recognized qualification, gained by successfully completing a multiple choice paper of 50 questions.
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.

The WSET Level 2 involves an 18* hour programme (including examination) which covers the following:

• Tasting technique
• Storage and service & Responsible drinking
• Food and wine pairing
• Factors influencing the style of wine
• Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
• Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc
• Syrah, Grenache and Riesling
• Other red and white wines of the world
• Sparkling and sweet wines, fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs

*A further 20 hours private study are also recommended to pass the WSET Level 2 qualification.

To find out more, please download the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits – Specification Document


Erica Dent delivers interesting and fun lectures on wine.  On attending the WSET Foundation course tutored by Erica I became inspired.  Six months later I was working the harvest at Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery in Oregon!  In addition to providing great teaching Erica is prepared to go out of her way to provide help and guidance on the wine industry.
Andrew Rowsome, Sales Advisor, Laithwaites
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