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Level 2 Award in Spirits


This qualification underpins the skills needed in all areas of the spirit trade – customer service, hospitality, retail and wholesale. The course is also appropriate for students who are not employed in the drinks industry and wish to broaden their knowledge of spirits in a structured way.


The aim of the course is to give comprehensive training in spirits and liqueurs and covers the history, production and styles of principal spirits and liqueurs. The Level 2 Award in Spirits is supported by the world’s major spirits companies.

(Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits lapel pin)



  • The Spirits market
  • Production
  • Brandy                       
  • Scotch whisky
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Vodka


2013/14 New Versions: 
Valid from 1st August 2013

PDF File Level 2 Spirits Specification 2013/16 (3094KB)


Where to Study?


study locations

Around the World


Entry Requirements:
Candidates must be over the legal minimum age for the retail purchase of alcoholic beverages in the country where the examination is being held, or be preparing for the examination as part of an approved, full time programme of study, or have obtain parental consent. (Entry requirements may vary according to Approved Programme Provider)

How to gain the qualification:
Successfully complete a multiple choice 
examination of 50 questions 

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Many WSET qualifications are part of the UK qualifications framework, and the education courses leading to WSET qualifications are an invaluable source of information for students to enhance their knowledge of wines and spirits. WSET qualifications are not a guarantee of employment or career progression, nor do they form part of any regulated qualifications framework outside UK.

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