WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

This immersive course offers an informative, engaging and accessible introduction to a broad range of wines. Ideal for wine enthusiasts and wine professionals alike.

About the course

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the ideal course for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in 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. 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.

  • Evenings

  • Day release

  • Saturdays

What you'll learn

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. 

As all classes, materials and exams are delivered in English, a good level of English is beneficial.

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. For those opting for the intensive consecutive-day course, it is important that you have completed the majority of your 12 recommended private study hours prior to the first day of your course, as there will be little time to study between classes. 


What study options are available?

At WSET School London we have four classroom delivery options available for this course.

You should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 12 hours to study time outside of the classroom. We advise that you select the study option that best suits your own timetable, factoring in both attendance and self-study requirements. Please be mindful that the consecutive day intensive course requires that you undertake most of your private study hours prior to the course start date. 

If you are unsure which option will best suit you, please speak to our Student Services team on +44 (0)20 7089 3841.

If you would prefer to study for this qualification online, please click here.


6.30pm – 8.30pm

One evening a week for nine weeks

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Day release

9.00am – 5.00pm

One day a week for three weeks

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9.00am – 5.00pm

Three consecutive days (intensive)

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10.00am – 2.30pm

Five consecutive Saturdays

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How much does it cost?






(RoW and Saturdays)

The cost includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, six ISO tasting glasses, examination and postage.


The exam takes place in the last session of the course. 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

It was a great time of learning, tasting and gaining experience. Thank you. I’m definitely attending the Level 3 very soon.

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