WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

(was the Intermediate Certificate)

This qualification has been developed to address the growing need to make learning more relevant to specific business environments and meet the National Occupational Standards,

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£350 .00 per candidate.  The fee includes, tuition, learning materials, wines for tasting (about 40), examination, tea/coffee, home-cooked lunch.

Who needs this qualification?

Anyone working in an environment where they may be called upon to give basic advice/information about wine.

Also, members of the public, who wish to learn about wine find it a useful and pleasant experience.

Typical environments may include:

  • restaurants;

  • bars;

  • hotels;

  • wine merchants;

  • off-licenses; 

Why is this training important?

Everyone who works with wine should understand what makes one different from another and why. They should also have knowledge of the principles of food and wine pairing.

Learning outcomes

The course is delivered in eight sessions, presented over three days with the examination on the last day.


Duration: Three-day programme

Assessment: Multiple choice examination

Ofqual Accredited: Yes

Ofqual qualification reference:

Prerequisite: None


Session 1

  • Introduction to the Level  2 Systematic Approach to Tasting

  • Common Faults

  • Service and Storage of Wines

  • Alcohol in Moderation

  • Food and Wine Matching

Session 2

  • Factors influencing the Style of Wine

  • Label Terminology

Session 3

  • Chardonnay

  • Pinot Noir

Session 4

  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

  • Sauvignon Blanc

Session 5

  • Syrah/Shiraz and Grenache

  • Riesling

Session 6

  • Italy, Spain and Portugal

Session 7

  • Sparkling Wines

  • Sweet Wines

Session 8

  • Fortified Wines – Sherry and Port

  • Spirits