WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines

WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

Applications for this course are now paused until more funding is released for these courses. Please check back again in July.

This qualification is intended for beginners wishing to learn about a wide range of wines or 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.

What you'll learn

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

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WSET BURSARIES

WSET offers a bursary scheme which is designed to help potential students in the UK who would otherwise be unable to take a WSET qualification due to financial hardship. The Drinks Trust has been appointed to administer the WSET bursaries by offering free WSET courses through its Develop programme. 

ABOUT THE PROVIDER

WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s drinks professionals and enthusiasts. WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine, spirit and sake knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines, spirits and sake.

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BEFORE YOU START

Please read the criteria and ensure you have all the documents you need before you begin your application as once you start the form you will not be able to exit and come back to it.

Please choose whether you’d like to attend an in-person class at WSET School London in Bermondsey Street – London SE1, or an online class, or choose a course with one of our regional WSET Approved Programme Providers before starting the application process.

REGIONAL PROVIDERS
Scotland
Greater London
South West
Midlands
East of England
South West
South West
South East, South West
Greater London
Scotland
South West
South East, South West, Midlands
South East
South East
South East
South West
Greater London
Scotland
Midlands
North West
Midlands, North West
East of England
North West
Midlands
North West
South West
Scotland
South East
South East
Scotland
South West
Midlands
South East
Greater London
North East
South East
South West
Wales
South East
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • Must be 18 or over
  • Must be resident of UK with NI number
  • Must have UK bank account
  • Must be able to provide up to 300 words about why this course will help their career
  • No prior work experience needed

As a guideline for approval, applicants must have either less than £2,000 in their current and savings bank accounts or earning less than £26,000 per annum. The assessment will be made on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration exceptions to the above guideline. If you're in doubt about being eligible, please submit the application and the Develop Team will assess your case.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED
  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Bank statements
  • 300 words about why this course will help their career
ENQUIRIES

For enquiries related to any of the WSET courses offered by Develop please email WSETBursary@drinkstrust.org.uk

Applications for this course are now paused until more funding is released for these courses. Please check back again in July.