WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Develop your expertise in distilled beverages and gain knowledge and understanding of a broad range of spirits and liqueurs in a brand-neutral environment.

Course information

The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs and examines the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Throughout the course, you’ll develop analytical tasting skills while exploring the use of spirits in cocktails.

The knowledge gained on this course will be a significant advantage to anyone working with spirits in both the on- and off-trade, and the course is also perfect for spirits enthusiasts wanting to learn more about the product behind the brand. 

The course will cover: 

  • Spirits production methods and how they affect style and quality
  • The characteristics of the main styles of spirits and liqueurs
  • The major global spirits brands
  • Tutored tastings of around 40 spirits and liqueurs (classroom courses only)
  • How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Throughout the course you’ll become a more confident spirits taster under the guidance of our expert educators, learning how to use a globally-recognised approach to tasting to analyse the appearance, nose, palate and quality level of a range of styles.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to identify a how key raw ingredients and production methods influence the style and quality of the key spirits and liqueurs of the world. If you work with spirits, you'll be able to confidently provide guidance on the use and service of spirits and make informed recommendations to customers when selecting spirits and liqueurs to meet their taste and price requirements.

Click here to download the full qualification specification.

The Level 2 Award in Spirits 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.

No prior knowledge is required and you don't need to complete any other qualification to enrol. If you are completely new to the world of spirits, you may wish to study the Level 1 Award in Spirits first, but this is not 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. 

This course requires you to undertake a recommended total of 11 hours of private study time. Those choosing the consecutive (intensive) study 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 Level 2 Award in Spirits study pack, which will be sent to you on booking or can be collected from WSET School London.

Study options

There are two study options available for this course. Whichever option you choose, please note that this course requires a minimum of 11 hours private study time outside of the guided classroom/online tuition to prepare for your examination. We advise that you select the study option that best suits your own timetable, factoring in both attendance and private-study requirements. If you are unsure which option will best suit you, please feel free to contact us.

Online course | £315

A five-week online study programme that works around your existing commitments. You’ll learn through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. You will need to source your own spirits samples and participate in various online lessons, activities, tests and forums.

A minimum of six hours of study per week is recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular participation is essential to your success. Tasting is also an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste at least eight spirits (not provided as part of the fee, but you will be given guidance on the styles you need to source).

This course now comes with the ability to sit your examination online, so you don't need to wait or travel to complete your qualification. More details on how online examinations work will be shared with you once you enrol. 

Technology requirements: To use the Online Classroom, we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop device and have a reliable internet connection. To sit your examination online you will also need one additional smart device such as a smartphone or tablet.

The course fee includes a year of access to WSET's Online Classroom, your study pack, a dedicated online tutor and your examination (spirits samples and tasting glasses are not included). Delivery charges may apply. 


Consecutive (intensive) course | £400

Two consecutive days - 9.00am-5.00pm
The course takes place over two consecutive classroom days, with the examination at the end of the second day. This options suits those who want to gain their qualification in a short amount of time. You should have completed the majority of the recommended private study hours before arriving on the first day. Be prepared for a fun yet intense two days with lots of spirits to taste and information to take in.

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

Course dates

Start date Study option: Availability
28 Jul 2020 Consecutive Waiting list Waiting list
5 Aug 2020 Consecutive 8 Book Now
17 Sep 2020 Consecutive 10+ Book Now
28 Sep 2020 Online 10+ Book Now
19 Oct 2020 Consecutive 10+ Book Now
10 Nov 2020 Consecutive 10+ Book Now
16 Nov 2020 Online 10+ Book Now

It was great to have tutored tastings for so many different spirits; it has opened up a whole new world to me.

Level 2 Award in Spirits student