Course Overview

This beginner to intermediate level qualification course provides a structured exploration of the world of wine and is suitable for both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. Individuals on this course will gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, candidates will explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe wines with confidence.

What the course covers:

· Wine tasting: You will learn how to taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT)

· Food and wine pairing: You will learn the principles of food and wine pairing

· Wine service and storage: You will learn the correct way to store and serve wine and how to recognise common faults found in wine

· Labelling: You will learn how to decode and understand wine labels

· Factors influencing the style of wine: You will explore how environmental factors, grape-growing, vineyard and maturation options influence the style and quality of the wines made all over the world

· Grape varieties:  You'll learn about the styles of wines produced by the key international red and white grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah/Shiraz) as well as the styles of wines made with 22 regionally important grape varieties grown in 70 wine regions (GI's) around the world

· Sparkling and Fortified wines: You will be taught how grape varieties and winemaking processes influence the style of wines in these two key wine categories

The WSET Level 2 Award in Wines has full accreditation from OfQual as part of the UK Government’s Qualifications & Credits Framework as a Level 2 Vocational Qualification

No prior wine knowledge is required however the course builds upon the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines which may be more suitable for those completely new to wine. We recommend you read the course specification document before you sign up for the course. You can read this document by clicking here

Course format:

· This is an online weekend course format over 4 consecutive Sundays

Course delivery:

· The Level 2 Award in Wines online course covers the same syllabus as the classroom course and is delivered in LIVE virtual lessons by one of our certified wine educators

· Candidates will receive a complete WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 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), course specification and laminated 'Systematic Approach To Tasting' card

· The course includes 16 hours online tuition ( 4 days with 2 x 2 hour sessions on each day) and we recommend a minimum of 12 hours additional study

· Your tutor will taste 12 wines with you on the course (for details of how to order the wines for your course see below)

· You will receive access to practice multiple-choice revision questions specific to this course

· You will be sent details of how to join your LIVE sessions when you book

Please note a reliable broadband connection is essential for the completion of this online course as is basic computer skills.


· To obtain the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines Qualification, you will need to successfully pass the exam. The exam is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 1 hour. A mark of 55% is required to pass the exam.

· The exam can be done in person at East London Wine School, or online

Course Provider

East London Wine School

Delivery Method


Course Start Date

21 February 2021

Date Details

Course Schedule & Important Dates:

The 8 x 2-hour online classroom sessions run on the following days and times:

Sunday 21st Feb – 10am -12 noon and then 1pm - 3pm
Sunday 28th Feb – 10am -12 noon and then 1pm - 3pm
Sunday 7th March - 10am -12 noon and then 1pm - 3pm
Sunday 14th March - 10am -12 noon and then 1pm - 3pm
Sunday 21st March - 10am – exam - this date is flexible and we will confirm with you on booking

Course Cost


Contact Details
Discover English Wine
Course Level
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