WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Build your wine knowledge with our most popular course. With a focus on grape varieties, you'll look behind the label at many of the world’s most important wines.

Course information

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 covers:

  • 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 (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.

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.

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. 

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.

Study options

There are five study options available for this course. We recommend selecting the option that best suits your own schedule, factoring in both attendance and private-study requirements. If you are unsure which option will suit you best, please feel free to contact us.

Online course | £315

A five-week online study programme that works around your schedule.
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 source your own wine 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 and regular participation is essential to your success. Tasting is also a really important part of studying for this course - you will need to taste at least eight wines (not provided as part of the fee, but you will be given guidance on the styles you need to source).

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

Please note that the exam must be completed in person at WSET School London on a set date.


Day release course | £470

One day a week for three weeks, 9.00am-5.00pm (approx)
The course takes place over three weeks, with course attendance one day per week. The examination takes place at the end of the third day. This option allows time for study between the classes. We recommend reading the relevant chapters of the textbook ahead of your classes to make sure you are fully prepared.

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. 


Consecutive (intensive) course | £470

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. 


Evening course | £470

One evening a week for nine weeks, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Evening courses take place over nine weeks, with the examination taking place on the ninth evening. This allows you to spread out your learning and gives you lots of time to complete the recommended private study hours between classes. It is also a great option for those who are unable to attend classes in the daytime.

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. 


Saturday course | £470

Five consecutive Saturdays, 10.00am-2.30pm
Saturday courses run over five Saturdays, with the examination on the fifth Saturday. For many people this is the perfect pace to study this course. It is popular with wine enthusiasts who will often explore the local area after class.

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. 

Course dates

Start date Study option: Availability
27 Apr 2020 Online 10+ Book Now
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5 May 2020 Consecutive 10+ Book Now
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The whole course was run most professionally and efficiently, and by three excellent tutors...all of whom were hugely knowledgeable, infectiously enthusiastic in their approach, and very encouraging and supportive.

Ben, Level 2 Award in Wines student, 2019