ONLINE WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

You’ll have 5 weeks online guided study and regular access and participation in the course online activities

Are you an enthusiast who would love to learn more about wines and spirits yet you just don’t have the time to commit yourself to attending classroom courses?  If the answer’s ‘Yes’, then perhaps the online option is for you.

The ONLINE WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits course provides 5 weeks of online guided study.  Student activities include weekly tasks, group tasting area, multiple choice feedback tests and videos.  The course follows a weekly structure although it does allow you to work ahead or catch up on the activities and forums.  There are no set times to log on into the course as there are no live chats or webinars so you can get studying at home at your own time and pace.

You can post your tasting notes on the Online Classroom for review by the educator

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We’ll have subject specialist educators on hand to provide you with the necessary feedback on your assigned exercises and they’ll respond about any course related queries you may have.  Additionally you can interact in the forums with other students on the same course. Pretty simple and straightforward.

Once you’re ready, you’ll have a full 12 months to come along and sit your exam!

There are proven advantages and benefits of traditional classroom courses, particularly in areas like learning in a tutored environment the Systematic Approach to Tasting. If you’d prefer to come along to one of our traditional classroom courses, click here


We will send you a study pack which compliments and will be required to complete the online course, which is Ofqual Regulated.

You’ll need access to a computer and/or HTML5 compatible mobile or tablet with the following minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 25.0, Safari 6, Chrome 30.0 or other HTML5 compatible
  • web browser with Javascript and cookies enabled
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)

ONLINE Level 2 Wines & Spirits Weekly Structure


Each week there are a series of independent and/or group activities to help you understand wine label terminology and recognise the styles produced by the main grape varieties in key wine regions.

The e-learning modules are ideally followed in order. Click here to view.


£325 per student including VAT (i.e. £270.83 excluding VAT), study pack, online course and examination.

NEW for 2020!

So wine professionals can focus and build their knowledge on wine, WSET will be removing the spirits element from this course e.g. it will be known as WSET Level 2 Award in Wines. The existing WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will be permanently withdrawn in January 2020 and resits will only be available until July 2020. Students interested in gaining knowledge on spirits, please see either our WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits ONLINE or WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits ONLINE.


Set Scheduled Course Dates

Start Date

End Date

Exam Date

Saturday 8th June 2019 Friday 12th July 2019 Monday 22nd July 2019
Saturday 6th July 2019 Friday 9th August 2019 Saturday 10th August 2019

Please note that these will be the last ONLINE WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits we be running.  For future courses, please see either the ONLINE  WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits.


Examinations are on set dates after the scheduled course takes place.  Whilst the course is online, the examination is not as students need to sit their exam under the same conditions as our classroom course students.

If you need more time, we can arrange another mutually convenient date.  Please note that we require a minimum of 12 working days notice.

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


Make sure you have a look at the terms and conditions for the Online Classroom as they are slightly different to the day/evening courses. Click here.


Q.  How does the Online Classroom work?

A.  Once enrolled to a scheduled online course, we’ll send you your study pack and a welcome email that will detail how to access the learning zone.  You’ll be provided with guidelines on progression and then it’s then up to you to decide how often and whether or not you wish to learn in small bite sized chunks or perhaps in more in depth sessions.

Q. Is there a deadline for booking on to an online classroom course?

A. Yes.  You need to book at least 6 working days before the start of the course.

Q. How will I know what wines and spirits to taste?

A. Suggested and recommended wines and spirits are detailed in the Specification.

Q.  What if I’m unsure about any of the content of the course programme?

A. No problem.  Throughout the online course, you have access to a subject specialist educator online who will respond to your course related query.

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

A.  Obviously people learn at different speeds and how much prior knowledge of wines and spirits you have before you start the course, will have a bearing on this. For a successful outcome, we recommend at least 6 hours of study per week to cover the online course activities and read the relevant chapters in the textbook.   

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

A.  From enrolment, you have a full 12 months in which to complete the Online Classroom course and sit your exam. After the set scheduled course dates, you will not be able to take part in any of the online activities and no longer have the online educator support facility.

Q.  Where do I sit my exam?

A.  On enrolment, we will let you know the forthcoming exam dates and it’s up to you which one you would like to attend.  All we ask is that you notify us a minimum of 12 working days prior to the exam day so that we can register you with WSET® Awards.

Q.  Can you sit the examination online?

A. No. Students need to sit their exam under the same conditions as our classroom courses.

Q.  Is it possible to attend the delivery of Day Release lectures?

A.  Of course and we do recommend it so that you can practice and develop your skills using the WSET® Systematic Approach to Tasting within a tutored environment.  Just give us at least a week’s notice and numbers permitting, we’d love you to join us.  Full day attendance is £95.00, which we will require to be paid in full so we can confirm your place.* Alternatively consider the classroom option (click here).