Learn about the characteristics of the principal spirits and liqueurs from around the world, the key brands and their styles together with a general introduction to the general production techniques. This fun and relaxed environment 3-day course is Ofqual Regulated.

In the specialist field of spirits, the knowledge and confidence gained on this distilled beverage course provides individuals with a  significant advantage to anyone working with spirits in both the on- and off-trade. The course is also perfect for spirits enthusiasts wishing to learn more about the product behind the brand.

Having WSET certified spirit professionals on staff helps a business develop, drive and improve its performance as well as being a credible way to distinguish it from the competition. For the individuals themselves, their newfound knowledge raises standards and morale, builds confidence and empowerment increasing their promotion and salary prospects, widens job opportunities and provides recognition within the industry.

Our Educators

WSE tutors, all WSET Certified Educators and graduates of the coveted WSET Level 4 Diploma, are professional and experienced corporate trainers who apply their knowledge and skill in modern training techniques.  Using multiple learning methods and styles in our courses, they successfully help our students/guests to easily understand, absorb, embed and retain information.

This internationally recognised vocational training course is accredited at Level 2 in the UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and aimed at employees in the drinks and hospitality industry or enthusiasts wishing to gain more in-depth knowledge of spirits and liqueurs. 

COST  £ 395.00 including VAT (i.e. £329.17 excluding VAT)

Fee includes study materials, spirit tastings, tuition, examination and provision of tasting glasses during the course.

EXAMINATION  50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes. 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes.  A mark of 55% required to pass (Pass 55-69%, Pass with Merit 70-84% & Pass with Distinction 85%+).


Set Scheduled Classroom Course Dates
Code L2S3021/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Wednesdays 26th May, 2nd June and Thursday 10th June 2021
  • Exam 28th June 2021
Code L2S3022/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Thursday 30th September, Mondays 25th October and 1st  
    November 2021 
  • Exam Monday 8th November 2021
Code L2S3023/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Friday to Sunday 8th to 10th April 2022
  • Exam Sunday 10th April 2022
Code L2S3024/York/9.15am-5.00pm

  • Friday to Sunday 4th to 6th November 2022
  • Exam Sunday 6th November 2022

*Please note classroom courses close 10 working days prior to commencement

Not seeing the dates you fancy?  Let us know, as maybe there is something in the pipeline or a private course running that you may be able to join!

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS  All bookings are on the basis that you have read and agreed to the Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.


Click here to download the Specification

Subjects studied Content: –

Entry Requirement  None

Tasting Spirit Technique  Taste and describe spirits and liqueurs using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs and Social Responsibility

Spirit Production  Study their production, what options are available to distillers and how they influence the style of the spirit.  Areas include: –

  • Key stages of spirits production
  • Raw materials
  • Fermentation
  • Distillation – common factors
  • Post stills: – parts, typical double pot still distillation and types of spirit produced
  • Column stills: parts, typical continuous distillation and type of spirits produced
  • Post-distillation: maturation, adding other flavours, purpose of blending and finishing

Principal Categories of International Spirits and Liqueurs Learn about the key characteristics, styles and brands of the principal categories of international spirits and liqueurs:

  • Fruit Spirits: – Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Grappa and Pisco
  • Whiskies: – Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey, Canadian and Japanese
  • Rum: white, golden and dark
  • Agave Spirits: Tequila and Mezcal
  • Vodka: neutral and characterful
  • Flavoured spirits: Gin, Aniseed, Bitters and Liqueurs
  • Aromatised wines: Vermouth
  • Cocktails

Study Materials Students will receive the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits Study Pack, consisting of the ‘Distilling Knowledge’ course book and study guide together with a WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs card

Course Duration: 3 lecture days plus 1 hour examination.  

Recommended Private Study Minimum 16 hours of private study is recommended for this course (minimum of 28 hours in total)

Certification All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin


Q.  How much prior knowledge of spirits and liqueurs should I have before attending this course?

A.  None at all.  This course has been devised for individuals with an aptitude to learn rather than a prior knowledge of spirits and liqueurs.

Q.  What is the recommended self study time for this programme?

A. Obviously people learn at different speeds and how much prior knowledge of spirits and liqueurs you have before you start the course, will have a bearing on this.  For a successful outcome, we do highly recommend that all students spend at least 28 hours of self study time.

Q.  How long can I take to complete my studies?

A.  Once booked on to a course, the dates are fixed, however, it is possible to transfer to another course or delay sitting your exam.  Costs may apply as detailed in the terms and conditions.

Q. What are the entry requirements?

A. There are no entry requirements for this qualifications although students must be of legal drinking age  to participate in any alcohol tasting.

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