This online course is ideal for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of spirits and liqueurs through flexible online study.
About the course
Learn about spirits and liqueurs through a 5 week online study programme that is flexible to work around your existing commitments. The Level 2 Award in Spirits Online covers the same syllabus as the classroom course in a supported Online Classroom which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. Please note that the exam is completed in person and not online.
The course covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs as well as the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category. Students will be introduced to our Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits while also exploring the use of spirits in cocktails. The product knowledge gained on this course will give a significant advantage to those working with spirits in both on- and off-trade alcohol.
As you work through the course you will be asked to share your learning experience with the rest of the course group, looking at the key spirit types and sharing tasting notes. Tasting is an essential part of studying for this course, and you will need to taste a minimum of 8 spirits (not provided, but you will be given guidance on the styles to taste).
Successful students will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
- How spirits are made
- The characteristics of the main styles of spirits and liqueurs
- How production methods affect style and quality
- The major global spirits brands
- How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
- Online tastings on eight general styles of spirits with educator feedback (students to provide their own samples)
Do I need any prior knowledge?
No prior knowledge is required. The course is delivered online and in English therefore basic computer literacy, internet navigation skills and a good level of English are required.
What study options are available?
The course is delivered online over five weeks with a minimum of six hours study per week recommended to successfully complete the course. Regular access and participation is essential.
The course includes an attended examination at one of our centres. Details of the dates and locations for these are outlined in the course dates.
How much does it cost?
(RoW and Saturdays)
The cost includes access to our Online Classroom, study materials, online tuition and examination.
The course fee is inclusive of postage and is calculated on the postage address supplied for the receipt of materials.
Note that the exam is not online, the date and location of the exam is detailed in the course dates. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour. To pass you must correctly answer 55% of the questions.
This qualification is Ofqual regulated.
To my knowledge there is simply no better brand-agnostic qualification in spirits available today.