WSET Level 2 Award in Wine

Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses provide globally recognised qualifications which are suitable for both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. As a WSET Approved Programme Provider (APP) Glasgow Wine School has been certified to offer this qualification as part of the UK's Qualifications and Credits Framework which is accredited by OfQual.

Note: upcoming dates can be found at the bottom of this page.

WSET Level 2 Prerequisites - There are no prerequisites for the Level 2, it may, however, be worth considering the one day WSET Level 1 Award in Wines or our Introduction to Wine Evening, if you have no experience in wine tasting

Who should consider studying for WSET Level 2?

  1. The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits (formerly known as the Intermediate Certificate) is intended as vocational training in product knowledge for those employed in the drinks industry who have little previous knowledge of the broad range of alcoholic beverages available. The qualification is suitable wherever a good level of product knowledge is required to underpin job skills and competencies.
  2. The course is also appropriate for those not employed in the drinks industry who wish to study wine using a structured curriculum and formal assessment. Please note- you do not need to have completed WSET Level 1 in order register for Level 2. It is a natural progression for those who have attended the Glasgow Wine School 8 Week Global Wine Course.
  3. The course is an absolute must for anyone considering pursuing a career in the wine industry. Achieving a good grade in this qualification provides the knowledge required for those wishing to progress on to the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits (formerly known as the Advanced Certificate).
  4. WSET courses are the educational core of the wine industry in the UK and a must for anybody considering joining it. They provide a structured and progressive set of courses and qualifications that are nationally and internationally recognised. Overview of WSET Courses

WSET Level 2 Course Content

The Level 2 Wine Award focuses on "Looking Behind the Label". It offers a broad understanding of the wine regions of the world, tasting technique and an introduction to the key styles of spirits. Holders of the award should be able to read a label from either wines or spirits and understand the basic style behind the label.


  • Wine Tasting: Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
  • Food and Wine Matching: A guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
  • Wine Service and Storage: Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognise common faults found in wines
  • Labelling: Learn how to decode and understand labels
  • Factors influencing the Style of Wine: Study the factors influencing the style, quality and price of wine in the vineyard and winery
  • Grape Varieties: Learn about the styles of wines produced by the key international and regionally important grape varieties
  • Key White grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling. Other white varieties: Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Muscadet, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Semillon, Torrontés, Trebbiano and Verdicchio
  • Key Black grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz. Other red varieties: Barbera, Carmenère, Gamay, Malbec, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Pinotage, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo & Zinfandel
  • Key Wine-Producing regions of the World: Learn about the main styles of wines from the key wine-producing regions. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
  • Number of Wines Tasted: 28-35 wines will be tasted as part of the course
  • Study Materials: Students will receive a complete WSET Level 2 course study pack, comprising the course book (a comprehensive guide to the wines of the world 'Behind the Label'), a study guide (complete with maps, example questions, and forms for your own tasting notes) and laminated 'Systematic Approach To Tasting' card
  • Level 2 Course Specifications
  • Duration of course: 21 hours, including 16 hours intensive teaching time and 1 hour examination, (one day a week for three weeks)
  • Recommended Private Study: 12 hours additional private study is recommended for this course. It is strongly recommended that the majority of the private study is done in preparation for the course (you will be sent your study pack in advance of the course starting)
  • Examination: 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 1 hour. A mark of 55% required to pass
  • Certification: All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin.


Course Tutor: Justin Hoy

Justin has 25 years experience in the wine industry A qualified winemaker, with an interest in a wine farm in South Africa, he has over 20 vintages under his belt, including vintages in Australia, Burgundy and Bordeaux as well as South Africa. Justin is certified for teaching WSET Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses. With high pass rates Justin's courses are thoroughly enjoyable but informative and educational.

Local Wine School (of which Glasgow Wine School is a part) is the UK's largest network of WSET certified educators. Over 1,400 successful WSET candidates in 2015. Chris Powell, the founder of our network, Local Wine School, won the coveted Riedel WSET Educator of the Year2015 award.

Not sure if this is the right level for you? Click HERE to view the Course Specification including sample exam questions.










Where to after the WSET Level 2?
The next step is normally the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits. While the Level 2 is not a prerequisite, you do need to demonstrate a deep understanding of wine to gain entry to the Level 3. The easiest way to do this is by having the Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. Dates for the Level 3 can be found on the Level 3 page.








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