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WSET Level 2 award in Wines and Spirits

​​This is the second in a series of international qualifications, leading ultimately to a Master of Wine. However it is also a very social course especially at this first level. This introductory course covers the production of, and differing styles of, wines, spirits, and liqueurs throughout the world. The course consists of 11 two hour lectures (6-8pm) including wine tasting during each. It finishes with a 1 hour multiple choice exam paper. Those who enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages will find this a pleasurable way of extending their knowledge. Those who work within the trade will also find that it gives them the introductory product, legal and social knowledge to work within the retail trade.

Accredited by: WSET (Wines and Spirit Education Trust)

Course Length:
2 hrs per week for 11 weeks.
Bespoke courses by negotiation

Entry Requirements:
No formal qualifications are required. Applicants are assessed on an individual basis.

Course Content:

  • Factors influencing wine styles

  • Grape varieties

  • Key wine-producing areas of the world

  • Sparkling Wines

  • Sweet and Fortified wines

  • Spirits and Liqueurs

  • Information and advice for customers and staff

  • Describing the characteristics of the principle wines of the world

  • Social responsibility in relation to the sale of alcohol

  • Examination

Course Objectives: 
The qualification offers a broad coverage of all product categories in the field of alcoholic drinks together with the theory of tasting techniques; food and wine matching and storage and service techniques

Course aimed at: 
Those starting their career in Hospitality at any age and those simply wanting to improve their knowledge of wines

Programme Leader: 
Caroline Ritchie AIWS Reader in Hospitality

Cost: £350

Contact: To enrol please contact us at or 029 2041 6424