WSET Level 2The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits course is ideal for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of spirits and liqueurs in an informative and structured manner.

This course covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs as well as the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Students will develop high level analytical tasting skills while also exploring the use of spirits in cocktails. The product knowledge gained on this course will be a significant advantage to those working with spirits in both the on- and off-trade.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

The WSET Level 2 involves an 16* hour programme (including examination) which covers the following:

  • How spirits are made

  • The characteristics of the main styles of spirits and liqueurs

  • How production methods affect style and quality

  • The major global spirits brands

  • Tutored tastings of around 40 spirits and liqueurs

  • How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

*A further 16 hours private study are also recommended to pass the WSET Level 2 qualification.

No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

Students completely new to spirits study may wish to complete the Level 1 Award in Spirits first. However, this is not essential.

You will be expected to read the provided text book prior to commencing the course.

The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass you must correctly answer 55% of the questions.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

To find out more, please download the  WSET Level 2 Spirits – Specification Document

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