Level 2 Award in Wines: Consecutive (intensive) course

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The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect wine course for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of grapes and styles, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. You’ll gain enviable knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce.

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including:

  • 16 hours of guided learning (in the classroom or online)
  • 11 hours of personal study and revision
  • A one-hour examination

The course will cover:

  • How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio/Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Riesling
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah/Shiraz
  • The style and quality of wines:

    • made from 22 regionally important grape varieties (e.g. Nebbiolo, Malbec and Viognier)
    • produced in over 70 geographical indications (GIs) around the world
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of:

    • Sparkling wines
    • Fortified wines
  • Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality

  • Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine

  • Principles of food and wine pairing

On successful completion you will be a more confident wine taster, able to describe and compare the styles of wines produced from internationally and regionally important grape varieties. You'll know how to interpret wine labels from the main wine producing regions of the world, and how to store, serve, taste and pair wines to get the best out of every glass. 

Click here to download the full qualification specification.

Study format

Three consecutive days, 9.00am-5.00pm (approx.)

The course takes place over three consecutive days, with the examination at the end of the third day. This options suits those who want to gain their qualification in a short amount of time. We recommended booking in advance and completing the majority of the 11 recommended private study hours before arriving on the first day. Be prepared for a fun yet intense three days with lots of wines to taste and information to take in.

The course fee includes your study pack, over 40 wine samples, 16 hours of tuition, your examination and a box of six tasting glasses for you to keep. Delivery charges may apply.


The Level 2 Award in Wines examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 60 minutes/one hour.

Pass marks

  • Pass: 55% - 69%
  • Pass with Merit: 70% - 84%
  • Pass with Distinction: 85% and above

All students who pass the examination will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

Do I need any prior knowledge?

This course is ideal for complete beginners or those with a little knowledge of wine. You don't need to have completed any other qualification to enrol. If you are completely new to the world of wine, you may wish to study the Level 1 Award in Wines first, but this is by no means essential.

All our classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on any of our courses. 

How should I prepare?

This qualification combines guided and private study. It requires you to undertake a recommended minimum of 11 hours of private study time in addition to your guided learning hours.

Depending on your chosen study option, you may be able to complete these hours between your classes. Those choosing the consecutive (intensive) option are strongly recommended to complete most of the recommended private study hours before starting the course. 

The only necessary study material for this course is the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines study pack, which will be sent to you on booking or can be collected from WSET School London.