WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Online

This online course is perfect for those seeking a thorough introduction to the world of wines.

About the course

Study for the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines online - the ideal course for beginners who want to learn about a wide range of wines. You'll gain 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. 

The Level 2 Award in Wines Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course, but through a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online.

As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking at what wine labels tell you about the contents of the bottle and sharing tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 wines (not provided, but you will be given guidance on the styles to taste).

  • Online

What’s covered?

Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.

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

Do I need any prior knowledge?

This course is ideal for complete beginners - no prior knowledge is required and you don't have 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, either in the classroom or online, but this is not essential. 

The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required. 

Preparing for the course

You will be expected to have read the provided textbook prior to commencing the course - this will be sent to you upon booking. 


What study options are available?

The course is delivered online over five weeks with a minimum of six hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation in the online forums and activities is essential for you to get the most out of the course and to pass your exam confidently. 

The course requires that you attend an examination at WSET School London. Details of the dates and location are outlined in the course dates.


London - daytime exam

Five weeks of online guided study

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London - evening exam

Five weeks of online guided study

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How much does it cost?






(RoW and Saturdays)

The cost includes access to our Online Classroom, study materials, online tuition, examination and postage.


Note that the exam is not online, the date and location of the exam is detailed in the course dates. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass you must correctly answer 55% of the questions.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

How can I book?

Bookings can be made online by selecting the preferred delivery option and course date(s) from our calendar. 

Please read the terms and conditions before making a booking.

For any enquiries please email our Student Services team at

I received some excellent help from our tutor who guided me and tweaked my wine tastings notes. I appreciated the clarification and the prompt response considering we are on different time zones.

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